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Rai Rai Ken
Posted by tenementrocker on 06/15/2005
I live nearby and have eaten here many times. All of the ramen soups are excellent: nice noodles with a deep, flavorful broth. Quite invigorating. Gyozas are pretty solid, too. Atmosphere is cozy and casual, and the service is quick.
Posted by badreviewer on 01/20/2005
It's sad that many NYCers are missing out what NYC has to offer - yes, there are far more better places for ramen in NYC. That being said, I too was gullible enough to check out the place at least on three occassions and I must say that I was thoroughly disappointed. Why did I keep going back there again if I didn't like it in the first place? I was hoping that the reviewers knew what they were talking about however slim the chances were. Shio, shoyu and miso ramens are fine for the price, all in the range of $6-$8, but you pretty much get what you pay for. Put succintly: limited selection, mediocre food (yes, it is a bit too salty), dumpy ambiance, okay service. Excellent for destitute artists and students.
Posted by cait on 12/13/2004
My only previous experience with traditional ramen noodle shops is from the movie Tampopo (1985) which I love. It was pretty much what I expected-- wonderful! Too bad this won't replace American fast food. Miso soup was pretty delicious, better than with curry.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2004
Probably one of the more overrated place for ramen. They have a limited selection. One slice of pork and noodles has zero body. Not worth the money for ramen with zero substance.
Posted by Mike & Jen on 11/14/2004
Hot freshly prepared ramen served in a cozy atmosphere. Service is quick but be prepared to wait a few minutes if there are no seats available when you get there (there's about 15-20 seats total in the place, but seats open up relatively fast). The gyoza dumplings are good. Both the shoyu and shio ramen are good, but the shio is probably better if you want a little less saltiness to the broth. Good place to go on a cold day. Don't go here for a first date though, because it's too cramped.
Posted by jessica on 11/05/2004
This is a really cute authentic ramen place that has a simple but good menu. I've tried all the ramen there and my favorites are the seafood and the miso. It's sliiiightly salty but that's just cuz i don't like salty food. It's really filling and definitely leaves you satisfied. The staff is really nice too.
Posted by Shaque on 09/09/2004
I've tried a bunch, but i think this is the best ramen for yr money in NYC (although mid-town Saporro has a nostalgic place in my heart). Props for the cozy, somewhat-traditional setting. And HANDS DOWN, the best gyoza i've ever tasted. A perfect combo of slightly crispy outside and juicy, juicy inside. Somen (cold noodles, only offered during the summer) is very good, too. Cha-han (fried rice) was only ehhhhhh, but that is the exception on an otherwise delicious menu.