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Men Kui Tei
Posted by soulncountry on 12/03/2010
This place reminds me of places in Japan that are homestyle and not meant to offer anything other than a decent meal. You go there for good ramen and maybe some of the traditional sides like gyoza. Their gyoza is done really well. Love it. I don't drink but there is beer as well as sake. They don't have as many ramen sets as a traditional place would have but one bowl alone should be more than enough to fill you and isn't that the point? IMO-Delivery for ramen is a disaster waiting to happen unless you have the facilities and the staff to manage it. (If you've been there, you know how small that kitchen is... ) Ramen will "stretch"; it's different from spaghetti which will keep it's consistency when wet - ramen will just start to disentegrate in about five minutes from when it's in the soup. I've worked in Japanese restaurants and I imagine, like in a domestic restaurant, the folks "dining in" are the priority. The delivery guys are sometimes also the dishwashers. So what you might get is food sitting around-even for a few extra minutes-and then you'd have to tack on the delivery time, too. This would result in a delivery area of about a block and email posts/calls about how evil the restaurant is for not delivering to two blocks beyond the delivery area. (Can you tell that I used to take the "to go" calls?) Seriously, though. If the entrees are mostly ramen and the potential of not delivering the right quality is high-for whatever reason- then why bother with the oversight of delivery? It's just not worth the customer complaints or the stress on the workers to get the items out and delivered in 5-6 minutes. I won't even go into the cultural reasons for it. Anyway, the short of it is that -yeah, they lose business but they likely have their reasons. Sorry but sometimes you just can't get what you want when you want it. Adjust. Try to get past it and like the complainers likely did, pick another vendor.
Posted by anonymous on 05/06/2010
The midtown branch at 56 St / 5-6 Avs has the same menu and does everything much better than this branch. It's sad that they can't keep up the standard at all here!
Posted by ramenyarou on 04/05/2009
This place is great! To all the people who complain about delivery area -- Ramen is not meant to be delivered because the noodles get soggy. They are making a concession by even delivering at all to all the lazy ignorant americans who do not understand the nature of japanese food culture, so be grateful instead of complaining!
Posted by ramen_hedgehog on 02/03/2009
I live on 15th st and 3rd ave and go down to Astor Place all the time for ramen. Unfortunately, it doesn't like to come up to me. For some inane reason, Men Kui Tei won't deliver past 14th st, which is about a 6-7 minute walk from where they are located. Apparently, the extra 30 seconds to my apartment is too unbearable for their delicate feet. Suck it, Men Kui Tei.
Posted by st. marx eater on 12/08/2008
The staff here seems rather annoyed when you try to take out food, and they dont like to deliver very far, but other than that the food is quite tasty.
Posted by Frustrated at home. on 08/06/2008
I''ve tried (in vain) a couple of times to order delivery from this spot. The menu has a nice selection of basic soup and rice dishes that remind me of childhood. Additionally, the appetizers offered go beyond the usual gyoza and shumai most places have... But I've never succeeded in ordering anything because these people will not bend their rule and deliver past Avenue A. ( I live between A and B). I'll probably eat there sometime soon but I think their inability to be flexible (by about 100 feet) is ridiculous...
Posted by Foodie X on 06/13/2008
The waitress actually tsked us when she put the bowl of ramen in front of the wrong person and had to put it in front of whoever ordered it. They gave us change that implied we should give a cerain tip. The waitstaff acts like they are above you...Place definitely needs an attitude adjustment but the prices are good and I like the ramen noodles. Get something simple like the Shoyu Ramen (one of the lowest priced soups) and stay away from the wontons.