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Posted by Eloise on 04/06/2011
A bit of a wait to get a table but food is served super quickly once you sit down. Cheap, fresh, and tasty - particularly the dumplings! Service also was friendly and efficient.
Posted by PG on 12/25/2010
Amazing authentic noodle shop. If you haven't been...go now.
Posted by anonymous on 10/14/2010
The ramen was very salty. It was so salty that I kept drinking water hours after eating there. And the bamboo shoots in the soup were previously canned and had way too much preservatives. On the other hand, the pork slices had the right balance of sweetness and tenderness and tasted perfect. The steam dumplings were also good. The place was crowded when I was there but had a warm atmosphere. And staff was quite attentive. When it comes to the food quality, though, it is a little disappointing, especially if you choose this place after reading so many positive reviews here.
Posted by Sophia on 07/12/2010
This amazing restaurant was discovered two years ago when my grandfather came into the city and randomly discovered this. He took my mom and sister and they loved it. (I wasn't present for this outing.) A few weeks later after my grandfather left the city, my mom and sister wanted to go back and invited me along. The atmosphere was friendly and opening. Although, a majority of the visitors are Japanese. It is a comfortable environment and I love sitting there and eating my vegatable ramen noodles and curry rice. The dumplings and fried rice are just as fabulous also. However, I highly recommend the ramen! (:
Posted by Happy Diners on 05/06/2010
We have tried tonkotsu ramen in many ramen places and are glad to announce Menkui-Tei (this branch on 56th St, not the one in St Mark's) has the best tonkotsu ramen and very very high quality dumplings as well as hiyashi cold noodles!! This restaurant has the feel of an authentic Japanese eatery and we love watching and hearing the cooks whip up the goodies :)
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2010
I love going to this place every time I'm in the neighborhood!! Sure it doesn't have the most chic interior deco, but the food is right. Also when u see your bill at the end of a meal, you will realize both ur tummy and ur wallet are happy. Their fried rice is really good and the chan pon is out of this world! Most of the ramen are truly delightful except one of the spicy ramen.. I cannot recall which one it was, but it didn't have much flavor. Overall, Men kui tei may be a small place, but it truly is a piece of Japan
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2010
It's a cute place to grab a quick lunch. It definitely looks like it belongs in the East Village, and I was hoping it'd be as good as some of the places down there. Unfortunately the ramen was really plain tasting and didn't satisfy my craving. Would've been great to have a yummy ramen place in the midtown area.