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Was in the area waiting for a film & tried it on strength of the Daily News review. The place was great. Extremely limited menu, but even the gyoza are better than I could have imagined. I'm had gyoza & ramen at the usual suspects, Sapporo, Dosanko, when they were around.
I had the shoyu broth & it was great. FYI, I usually prefer a miso broth. Only 4 food items on the menu. This place is worth a stop when you're in Union Square area. Ramen is $6.50/gyoza $4.50.

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  1. whats the address? and how would you rank it against the other places you have had gyoza and ramen.

    thanks, doug

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    1. re: DK
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      I've had ramen at Tokyo Larmen on University, Sapporo on 49th, Dosanko (including Flushing branch). RRK is the tops. Even though they don't serve miso broth which I prefer, the broth, noodles, even the gyoza are like a new experience. My only reference is the perfection of the film "Tampopo" (and I only read the reviews).

      Try this place 1x. It's as perfect a bowl of noodles as I have ever had including Chinese.

      1. re: exileonmainstreet
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        exileonmainstreet

        Sorry, I forgot address

        Address is 210 E. 10th ST, between 1 & 2nd AVES.

        Place is also approx 2x as good as Menchenko-Tei on E. 45th.

    2. I gave RRK a try last week and let's just say that I'm ambivalent. I probably should have ordered the shoyu (soy sauce flavored) ramen, which seems to be the house specialty, but I opted instead for the shio ramen (salt flavored), which I generally prefer. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't quite the taste sensation I wanted either. For shio ramen, I do like Sapporo better. I'll reserve final judgment when I try the shoyu ramen. As for the gyoza, that was the real disappointment. There are three main ingredients to gyoza filling: ground pork, cabbage, and a japanese garlic chive called nira. When I bite into a gyoza, I look for a good balance of these ingredients, and what I found was a meat dumpling that was mostly filled with cabbage. Bad balance.

      On another ramen note, I noticed this weekend that there's a new ramen restaurant in chinatown on Mott St near Ping's and Sweet and Tart. Anyone been there yet?

      One more ramen note. Anyone know where I can find tonkotsu ramen in NYC? (That's tonkotsu, a ramen broth made with pork bones, not tonkatsu, the fried pork dish).

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      1. re: Eric Eto

        You can get this at Men Kui Tei, one block south of the World Trade Center, I think it's on Greenwich. It was discussed in a thread on Japanese noodles here a while back

        1. re: Peter

          Peter, thanks for the info on Men Kui Tei. I tried looking it up on yellow.com and also looked for info through the search feature here, but to no avail. Do you know if it's open for dinner? I'm really craving tonkotsu.

          1. re: Eric Eto

            Yes, it's open for dinner, in fact, I'd like to try it for dinner sometime, as they have dishes on the dinner menu that aren't available at lunch.

            It's on the corner of Greenwich and Thames.

            It's a very simple place, maybe 10 or 15 tables and a counter. At lunch the radio plays Motown and '60s rock, which is incongruous, but not unpleasant. The two waitresses (both very nice, both clearly from Japan) have a band, although I haven't figured out what kind of music they play.

            In terms of quality, I'd say it's on the second tier of noodle restaurants, not the level of Honmura (sp), more like the uptown branches of Menchanko (the WTC branch of Menchanko is MUCH worse).