Is there a place in NYC with similar food to this?
Wagamama is one of my favourite places to eat in the UK and I was wondering if there are any places in Manhattan that have a similar-ish menu? Ramen, noodles, fresh juices, katsu curry etc.
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I also loved Wagamama when I lived in London. Republic Noodles on Union Square is a pretty blatant rip off of it, but not as good, so don't waste your time. I actually read somewhere that Wagamama was expanding to the US (maybe Boston?), so perhaps someday we'll have our own. I can't really say I think the slew of trendy ramen places that have popped up in the last few years fit the bill exactly, but you could give them a try: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ramen Setagaya, Ippudo are a few.
Indeed: there are now Wagamamas in Boston (Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall) and DC, but none in NY. I may be in the minority on this, but I never came around to Wagamama when I lived in London and worked in the City. Noodle-wise, I think that not only Ippudo and Setagaya but also Sapporo, Men Kui Tei and Menchanko Tei have notably better ramen, and the latter three are convenient to midtown for lunch, though they're decidedly more hole-in-the-wall-y than Waga. Momofuku Noodle Bar isn't all that noodle-centric any more, and probably belongs in a different class than the rest.
I agree that the only combo of trendy+noodles+curry+juices is probably Republic, and I agree that it's terrible. Similarly, I don't know of anywhere that does sushi+mod styling+juice+loud music+business lunch scene like Itsu, but there's a whole lotta great (i.e. notably better) sushi around if you know where to look.