I have a meeting in midtown today (42nd and 5th) and looking for a decent ramen place within a four/five block radius. Any thoughts?
Obviously too late. There's a Menchanko Tei on 43rd or 44th between 3rd and Lex. It may have been too far for you to walk anyway, being on the other side of Grand Central from you.
Thanks all - I checked out 41st street. A ton of good stuff there, but no ramen. While there, I remembered the kwik cart on 45th and 6th avenue, so I headed over there. Great lamb/chicken over rice.
41st between 5th & Mad has the "Japanese Trifecta."
I forget the name of it, but the japanese grocery store (the one closest to madison) has good soba and udon.
there are 2 places. one is the parket that travpard mentioned. never been but here they make good things. next store is a choiyshi? i always get the spicy miso soup but they do make other soups.
what is the japanese trifecta? Are the japanese trifect and the grocery store the same thing?
there are 3 different places.
the grocery place, chiyoda, and cafe zaiya.
Yagura, just down the street from Cafe Zaiya, also has cooked food and might have a reasonable simulacrum of ramen.
dishes on 43rd btwn 5th & madison makes a good asian noodle soup. it is pricy but delicious. better then duke's but you are paying for it.
sapparo at 152 W 49th St is goodif you can't go that far, cafe duke at 41st and broadway has ramen - can't speak to the quality as i haven't tried it
Is cafe duke a ramen shop? japanese restaurant/grocery? I have never heard of it.
Sapparo is very good, but I think its too far away for today. Usually, I like Men Kui Tei, but that is also too far away.
cafe duke is a deli. it has a sushi/ramen section. they also have every other item a deli would have. it can get crowded but it is a good spot.
i believe when travpard said japanese trifecta he meant there are a handful or 3 japanese mrkt/restaurants on the block.
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