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Posted by suebee on 02/21/2006
Overall I thought RRK was a satisfying dining experience. You get your money's worth, the service was excellent, and you can't beat the atmosphere. Although the soup base for the ramen was a tad salty, I would suggest washing it down w/ some Kirins. And yes, the sliced pork was excellent (cheers to the hungover reviewer!).
Posted by phillywang on 02/21/2006
I don't know if i was too hungover or what but the broth for both the shoyu and shio ramen was too salty. Dumplings were soggy and unfulfilling. However, the sliced pork was awesome...good enough to compensate for everything else. Order that as a side w/a ramen.
Posted by east coast allies on 12/10/2005
Rai Rai stole my heart heart. Seriously, kiddies. This place has really solid ramen. and, like that other reviewer said, it really warms the belly. The gyoza, regardless of what you may have heard, is not soggy -- it is actually quite crispy and usually insanely hot, so do be careful. anyway, for serious, this place is quite good. my only complaint is the repetetive poppy junk that sometimes pumps through the speakers. Much love to rai rai.
Posted by missmimimao on 10/06/2005
Good food; staff is quick and nimble; good atmosphere; everyone is friendly. My only complaints are that the noodles seemed to lack flavor (though they are cooked just right , as was the texture fine) and the dumplings were a bit spare with the stuffing. But you can definitely count on a good deal and you'll leave with a warm and fully belly.
Posted by johnny usa on 10/04/2005
Ok, i don't know what you people are talking about. Rai Rai Ken is so boss. The noodles are excellent, and the fried rice is so, so good. Also the ambiance is sweet: wood bar, hand painted walls with photo inlays...dumpy? have you even been there? Also, the menu is limited on purpose. it's a noodle shop. and it's tiny. get over it. This place is one of my favorites in nyc. It's relaxing, delicious, and very healthy. highly recommended after a long night of boozing; garlic and chicken broth really get you feeling right. I love this place, and everyone i have ever taken there has loved it. go there! Eat noodles! Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2005
The noodles are not so good. I am disappointed. The gyoza was soggy and the ramen was subpar.
Posted by Downtowner on 08/18/2005
I was surprised to read so-so reviews of this place. I lived/worked in Tokyo for a few years and can tell you this as about as close to "after work-after drinks" place as it gets. Cool tunes gently flow from overhead speakers and the chefs work quickly and efficiently. My fav is the Miso ramen (Hokkaido style) but I enjoyed the others as well. The Japanese fried rice is a treat and the gyoza is a MUST order. Top this all off with ICE COLD beer (I swear everytime I have been there the beer feels like it has been sitting at the bottom of a deep freezer-awsome) and you have one good spot to hit beofre you are ready to wrestle with that hang-over the next morning.