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Posted by Lickin the Chops on 01/15/2012
After reading the reviews posted, we decided to check out this place, cause we love Ramen and Ippudo and Momofuku usually come with long lines. The Ramen was thick and greasy and honestly we go for Ramen all the time, and this Ramen tastes weird. Not good at all, and the pork was so fatty, I couldn't even eat it, and I love pork (literally had the Roasted Pighead last night at Cannibal). We had Gyoza as well, and also super greasy and not good. I have no idea where the other reviewers usually have Ramen but honestly I can't come back, because Ramen is usually feel good food for me, and this greasy Ramen was not a good choice.
Posted by M. Kalvin on 10/13/2010
Minca is the only Japanese restaurant with a legend: the owner, a jazz musician, wanted to taste the kinds of ramen noodle soups that he was used to having at home in Japan. In other words, Minca’s mission is to bring kinds of ramen noodle soups to New York that no one else has and in this they succeed brilliantly. If your expectations of a bowl of ramen noodle soup is yet another adventure in blandness, Minca isn’t the place for you. They put art into their common dishes and they make off-the-menu experimental ramen dishes on request. Their menu is limited but they are clean (they have to be, the cooking is done in an open space behind the counter!), courteous, inexpensive, and they produce noodle soups that are an insider’s secret: super-tasty, Japanese noodle soups that aren’t the ordinary, quasi vegetarian fare--soups you don’t dare tell your cardiologist about. Their spicy charshu pork soup with pork broth with corn and fresh cabbage is my favorite, and my only regret about it is that I don’t dare brave the occasional line to eat it more than once a week. If they opened a location in mid-town that delivered, they’d be rich.
Posted by BeHappyNYC on 12/28/2009
This place is supposed to be #3 according to some 2009 "King of the Bowl Ratings" (Rameniac.com). Let me tell you, it was the most PERFECT soup I ever had. The broth was flavorful and the noodles plentiful. I loved the mushrooms, corn, and the other special treats in the soup. The fried tofu was cooked to perfection. I eat my soup with this spoon/fork I bought at the MoMa store. best.invention.ever.
Posted by judybaby on 06/03/2009
best authentic ramen!! unlike the new trendy places popping up everywhere. and yes of course if you're going to get 'kimchee ramen', it's gonna be gross, it's gross everywhere. stick to the traditional, pork, soy based, etc... delicious food, not really cheap, but i'd highly recommend this place!
Posted by ifeelpoisoned on 05/17/2009
i don't usually stop by a restaurant without reading reviews but didn't even think twice about going to this one. what looked like a promising noodle spot due to the constant flow of customers immediately turned to an understanding as to why so many people were leaving SO QUICKLY. This hits the top of the list for subpar food in nyc! I'd rather starve than eat at that place! we ordered three dishes, all failures!! service was nice... but that's a small token for what they're feeding you.
Posted by FoodGood on 08/15/2008
I was craving ramen one evening. I ordered the Kimchee Miso and my friend, the Experimental dish. Let me tell you, The soup base was very unappetizing. It tastes like the drainage of the pork that was in the soup, not flavorful but bland and thick. The only thing that kept me at it was the Kimchee but after a couple of bites, I couldnt eat anymore. It tasted too much like pork! The ramen itself is of decent quality, but again, the soup base just ruins the overall taste. The instant ramen u buy at supermarkets taste way better~ at a fraction of the price. My friend was not too pleased w his dish by the way. Never again...
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2008
I'm not sure what the other reviewers had, but my food was bland. The broth was too watery and didn't leave much of an impression. I had the same problem as another reviewer, the waitress expected to keep all the change for the tip after providing rather lousy service.