TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie, Union Square, NYC

Ramen is all the rage in NYC that one tends to ignore the other great noodles that’s Japanese cuisine proffers. A good bowl of udon can be just as satisfying and is so much harder to find.

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Soba-Ya, East Village, NYC

Soba-Ya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Ramen Lab, Nolita, NYC


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Ramen Lab

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, NYC


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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Pork Bun, Shrimp Bun

Momofuku Noodle Bar was David Chang’s very first eatery that launched his enormously successful Momofuku brand of restaurants.

The concise menu here primarily focuses on ramen, seasonal eats, buns and daily specials. They also offer a fried chicken dinner (priced at $100) for parties of 4-8, which must be reserved in advance. Dessert offers soft serve and cake truffles.

Chang’s eats are inventive and extremely gratifying. The Ramen was good enough though I still think Ippudo rules. However, what I just could not stop eating were the buns! These soft steamed beauties filled with melt in your mouth pork belly or fried shrimp with just the right crunch are seriously addictive.

The Noodle Bar is priced just right, that is of course if you can stop with just eating one order of them buns! I know that I certainly couldn’t.


Here is some of what we ate:


Heirloom Tomato – watermelon, crab, avocado


Pork Bun – hoisin, scallion, cucumber


Shrimp Bun – spicy mayo, pickled shallot, iceberg


Momofuku Ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg


Ginger Scallion Noodles – pickled shiitakes, cucumber, cabbage


Spicy Miso Ramen – smoked chicken, swiss chard, sesame


Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Momofuku Noodle Bar
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Asian Fusion
* Street Address
171 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
* Phone

Kuboya, East Village, NYC



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Food: ☆☆ 1/2 

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Miso Ramen

Looking to escape the long waits at the crazy popular, overcrowded noodles shops that dot the Lower East Side? Kuboya Ramen on East 5th St, is a good option for some solid, good Japanese food.

The space is cozy with cushioned window seats that fan out over two rooms. The menu offers a nice variety of dishes including Ramen. I think the Spicy Miso Ramen was the best of the offerings. Nothing I tasted blew me away but it was a good meal and a spot I would gladly be willing to eat at in lieu of an hours wait.

Yes….. you will look over longingly at Minca next door wishing “if only….” but your sated appetite will tell you otherwise.

Here is some of what we ate:


Taco-chan sausage


Char Siu Pork Buns


Fried Rock Shrimp


Katsu Pork Curry


Garlic Potatoes

Avocado & Shrimp


Spicy Miso Ramen


Kuboya Triple Blend Ramen


Shoyu Ramen


Totto Ramen, Hell’s Kitchen , NYC



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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Paitan ramen, Totto extreme spicy ramen


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