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GO+DO Good eats As the days get cooler and the nights longer, it's tempting to linger on Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar's outdoor patio, perched above Willy Street. But then you'd be missing the chance to dine in an intriguing Madison space. Friends Michael Ding and Randy Ng, who share a New York City upbringing and their Chinese heritage, traveled to ramen shops in Japan, Taiwan and New York to savor the food and the scene. Bringing those experiences to Madison, they opened Umami just two years ago, transforming an 1880s blacksmith shop into the city's long-awaited ramen restaurant. Umami's sleek, illuminated bar is intimate, hemmed in by cozy banquettes and alluring wallpaper. Front "rooms" are perfect for larger parties. Continued on p. 86 78 brava magazine | september 2013 Photographed by Mandie Haberman (TOP LEFT) AND AMBER ARNOLD Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar

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