Looking for best udon and ramen in NYC
I just got back from my first trip to Japan, where I also had my first intros to udon and ramen. Believe it or not, while I've always eaten Japanese cuisine in NYC, I'd never had udon or ramen until recently.
The best udon I had in Japan had vegetables, fishcakes and mochi. I want to find udon "just like that" in NYC if I can.
For ramen, I liked it with the thin slices of pork...
My favorite is Men Kui tei
its a hole in the wall place but very good esp on chilly day-not fancy!!!
for fancy place i really love the ramen at Gyu Kaku-2 locations one in Cooper Sq the othe on E 50th. Love the Cooper Sq location/atmospher better. Its a huge Korean/Japanese restaurant that has ramen as part of thier big deeeeeeeeelish menu. Lots of beef dishes to cook at table and a real fun spot w a group.
Minca is also a good ramen place, and I second Soba Ya (although the wait can be pretty lengthy depending on when you go). I had nabe yaki udon last time I went. Also, for a dish in the same ballpark, Suibi on East 53rd serves Okinawa soba. Nice, hot broth with great noodles and sensational three layered or spare rib pork.
Soba Nippon on 52nd by 6th Ave has really great soba salads (its the only thing I've eaten there, but they are addictive). Also, Donguri on 83rd is pretty great for an all around Japanese experience. Their noodles are yummy too.
i've had ramen in japan and ever since [10 years ago] have been trying to find it here. i'd say the closest i've come to it is actually in edgewater, nj - at mitsuwa marketplace, at one of the eateries inside the food court, they have salt ramen with pork, it's a special with a big bowl of noodles in delicious pork broth with a separate plate of buttery sliced pork and other sides. they just added it to the menu recently and i get it every time!!!!! definitely worth the trip.
before that i would go to menchanko-tei in midtown east but really nothing else compares. also for udon, i'd still go to mitsuwa. i've never seen the kind you had with mochi.
I think you might have to go to mitsuwa as well. If anything just to get the ingredients and make it yourself. It would be easy....I think the mochi you are thinking of is the traditional rice cake eaten on New years. If you go to any Japanese supermarket now, you should be able to find it. Also the fish cake etc will be available. I have been looking for this Ramen in NYC too, and have yet to find. There is a new ramen shop called Naruto that at least has the fishcake and pork down. It's on 3rd ave and 89th st.