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Posted by Atomox on 08/21/2011
In response to Phanatic's review, if you've heard that this has the best ramen in the city, you're looking to the wrong location. While this is the same restaurant, it is not all the same food. My friends and I all *love* Sapporo for their Sapporo Special Ramen. I found the one on 49th years before I ate at the original, and loved it already. However, we had the Sapporo Special Ramen back to back, the first night here, and the second at Sapporo East (on the corner of 10th and 1st). The ramen on 49th was missing several of the ingredients that make the Sapporo East Ramen so heralded. If you're new to ramen, try this place. You'll love it. If you have a more refined pallet, or if you want sushi with your meal, go to Sapporo East. Don't go to either of these for the atmosphere or service. You'll leave disappointed. Remember, you're here for the food.
Posted by Chris P on 11/16/2010
This place is pretty much a staple of the midtown dining experience for those that work in the area. The food is consistent and always good. I like to call ahead and place my order for takeout as the service when you sit can be spotty. The Gyoza are amazing and in my opinion, the best Ive ever had. Also the Katsudon and the Miso Ramen are fantastic. The prices are great and if you know what you want you wont have to wait long. Overall highly recommended by this lifelong New Yorker.
Posted by Phanatic on 02/16/2010
Words have it that this was the best ramen in New York and possibly surpasses some noodle restaurants in Japan. Understandably expectations were high. We entered, we were greeted warmly, and shown a nice table as the restaurant was not crowded at 3 in the afternoon. That was where everything started going downhill. My colleague tried to take a pic of the menu where the restaurant address were and for some reason or paranoia was seen very negatively by the waiter. He gave a dirty look as he tried eagerly to guard whatever secret that was inside the very ordinary looking piece of laminated menu that was an A3 paper folded into two, literally whisking it away from us the moment we took one picture. Perhaps we shouldn't have bothered. Looking ard the fairly empty restaurant I noticed that everyone had a glass of water. Standard Japanese style. We were given none. Irked by the attitude of that waiter, I thot to myself this had better be worth it! The noodle came, the portion was big. "American size" as they say. In other words, huge but not refined. The meat are nothing like those u eat at a decent ramen restaurant.. the soup..an average imitation of the real thing. I think the overall dining experience would've been a lot better if not for the attitude of the waiter. I fink i can do with one less bad attitude even at 8USD a bowl.
Posted by MaineDon on 12/24/2009
I have seldom felt as unwelcome as we experienced in Sapporo several days ago. Our mistake was not knowing what we wanted to order before taking our coats off. Since we had never eaten there before, and had not had time yet to even open a menu, our waiter was clearly annoyed when we asked for more time before telling him what we wanted. This "mistake" put us in the hole from the outset. 45 minutes later, after 5-6 other patrons (all coming in after us) were served, we still didn't have our meals. When we asked about our order, we were told (none too nicely) that it "...would be out." A refill of water? Fine for everyone around. None for us. This was an oriental version of Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi." Our waiter offered no attention to us (i.e., didn't deliver our meals, ask how our dinners were, refill waters, bring or collect the bill), only to appear when a put a tip on the table. Then he was front-and-center. The food was good; but we would NEVER go back to such a place. Our experience at Sapporo should be an embarrassment to NYC.
Posted by Occasional Midtowner on 07/29/2009
I dont usually work in midtown, but whenever I do, I always eat here. The miso ramen is great and they customize it to your preference (all for about 8 dollars)! It's the best value in midtown west and the food is delicioous. Portions are huge and takeout is fast. I've only dined-in once and the service was OK. ifyou're looking for cheap, delicious eats - this is your place!
Posted by HAnk on 05/31/2009
Great Miso Ramen is tough to find outside Japan. I've been coming here since the '80's when a bowl of the stuff was about $5. While the prices have gone up, the authentic, un-fancy, delicious experience has remained the same. Recommended.
Posted by J on 04/15/2009
I work in midtown and the only restaurants in the area are either really fancy places or boring sandwich places...This place is a gem. Saporro serves enormous, delicious, filling bowls of soup for little $$..Great place.