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Posted by GDorn on 04/20/2007
Good broth and good noodles are all you need. Maybe a little pork if you are in the mood. All the other stuff, for me, just clutters the dish. But they have it if you want. Try to sit at the counter as the service is usually faster. There are times if you sit in the way back they might forget about you.
Posted by R Kim on 01/27/2007
I went at a friend's urging for some of their Shoyu Ramen. The broth was bland and tasteless. Worse still, the two pieces of pork were tough and gristly and the bowl came without any of the usual toppings that you'd expect at any decent ramen shop... there was no fish cake, no nori, no hard-boiled egg and WORSE STILL no pickled bamboo shoots! All of these toppings you have to pay extra for, ala carte. This is tantamount to ordering a NYC hot dog and having to pay for the mustard and relish to go with it-- preposterous.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2006
The noodles were awesome and definitely tasted healthier than packaged ramen noodles. However, I only really enjoyed the tonkatsu broth bc the miso was super salty and the extra spicy was blah tasting as well as an unappetizing red color. The pork itself was tender and the bamboo, bean sprouts combo was plentiful and added a nice crunch. All in all a good deal on a cold day but wouldn't say it's my favorite.
Posted by Glen on 10/17/2006
This place is often crowded for a reason, their authentic delicious ramen and cheap prices. Worth the short wait. Their gyozas have gotten better and they have a liver appetizer for dinner that is very yummy. My only complain, the ramen soup could use a little less salt, you'll be thirsty the rest of the day. I don't mind paying that price, I keep coming back to Men Kui Tei every time I'm in Midtown dreaming about their mouth watering ramen soup.
Posted by TSPINNS on 09/19/2005
Every time I come here, I am reminded of Tokyo. Although the counter is cramped as are the tables, the food is excellent and the service has always been stellar. Get there early for the curry rice "set" reduced price of $1.50. No one has better ramen. Now... if only they'd sell those cool shirts...
Posted by Farshjer on 08/11/2005
The ramen here is for the most part not polluted tasting as it can be at some of the other nearby ramen establishments. I find that the consistency is a little lacking, sometimes very satisfying, and other times lacking. The gyoza are especially fresh tasting. the curry rice is also consistently tops. But I can recommend it solidly if in the neighborhood.
Posted by Rachel on 01/19/2005
Men Kui Tei also has a new shop on Third Avenue across from Cooper Union. The ramen is excellent, especially when you add the free crushed garlic. Side dishes are very good but a little pricey, and there's almost nothing for vegetarians if you take them. The shop is clean and very quiet, in part because still a little large for the business they get so far; it will take a while for the crowds to drift from the cheaper but lower-quality joints on St. Mark's.