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Ramen near Bryant Park?

TJ47 Mar 6, 2008 06:46 AM

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?

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    aahnnt Mar 6, 2008 07:05 AM

    sapparo at 152 W 49th St is good
    if 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

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      TJ47 Mar 6, 2008 07:31 AM

      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.

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        fein Mar 6, 2008 07:40 AM

        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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      fein Mar 6, 2008 07:15 AM

      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.

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        travpard Mar 6, 2008 07:17 AM

        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.

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          fein Mar 6, 2008 07:21 AM

          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.

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            TJ47 Mar 6, 2008 07:30 AM

            what is the japanese trifecta? Are the japanese trifect and the grocery store the same thing?

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              travpard Mar 6, 2008 07:42 AM

              there are 3 different places.

              the grocery place, chiyoda, and cafe zaiya.

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                Peter Cuce Mar 6, 2008 07:55 AM

                Yagura, just down the street from Cafe Zaiya, also has cooked food and might have a reasonable simulacrum of ramen.

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            TJ47 Mar 6, 2008 10:33 AM

            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.

            1. egit Mar 6, 2008 10:53 AM

              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.

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