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Posted by AlbanyTraveller on 03/20/2013
I don't get into NYC often, and when I do, I like to try things I can't get at home. But after walking across and uptown to meet my friend for dinner, I wasn't going to be picky. Luckily, UrbanSpoon put us onto this lovely little spot where I ordered the spicy miso version of its eponymous soup. It was perhaps a trifle hotter than I was lead to believe, but decent, and my friend had the Oden, which she enjoyed. The total bill was VERY inexpensive, and we had a nice atmosphere for sitting and catching up. It was full the whole time, but never jammed or noisy. Nice experience!
Posted by pinnky on 02/12/2013
Great noodles, great price, very authentic!
Posted by S.C. on 06/08/2012
Sat in for lunch around 1pm and tho packed (a good sign) with lots of Japanese patrons (a very good sign), we were seated immediately. Had the Manchanko noodle and the Kurobuta Hakata Ramen with a couple of rice balls. The Kurobuta was perfect. Everything you would expect, but a little pricey for what you get. The Manchanko is presented nicely, and is more of a thin-broth stew than a traditional ramen. At $9.50 this is an excellent value, but it did lack some flavor and I prefer simple flavors. I would recommend getting any of the other options (spicy miso!) for extra kick. The balls were very disappointing - mostly rice with a teeny bit of filling. Would not order again. The space is very cramped - the tables are inches from each other, so conversation, getting in/out and feeling comfortable was difficult. The lighting was a bit too dim for lunch time. Service was prompt and efficient, tho not warm or outwardly friendly. Will return.
Posted by Mina on 09/20/2011
Had both the Hakata and Menchanko ramen. The Hakata was rich but not overwhelming. Seasoned perfectly. Nice firm noodle with plenty of bites. Pork was tender and melted in your mouth. They leave the shrimp heads in to flavor the soup in the mechanko ramen, which give it an extra seafood kick. The noodle was a bit more dense than i liked. Overall nicely done. I'm a noodle hopper and this just made my top 10.
Posted by steve on 08/15/2011
I have lived around the corner for 6months and always see a good amount of of traffic here, so I gave it a shot. I had no idea it was a japanese noodle and soup house. Place was great, there are three wines on sale for $3/$13 (glass/botl), beers are good prices and the food is overly reasonably priced. I highly recommend and will be returning this week without a doubt. Thanks guys. (plus they have a TV for sports games.)
Posted by Crolla on 03/22/2010
Went here with a friend when it was cold & rainy... what a good decision! These soups are really one-of-a-kind delicious! Huge portions, lots of options, and warming for the body & soul. Definitely going back!
Posted by MD on 12/11/2008
I don't know from authentic Japanese, but I know I've been looking for a good hot bowl of ramen noodle soup since I started working in midtown 3 years ago, and I'm so glad to have finally found this place. I ate in once and took out once and had no problem with service, although when I ate in I could have done without the loud radio playing. The soups are slightly on the expensive side for lunch, but they are huge!