HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Is there a place in NYC with similar food to this?

kansel Dec 16, 2009 11:35 AM

Hi everyone

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.

Here is the website:



  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. p
    pbjluver RE: kansel Dec 16, 2009 12:42 PM

    I, too, love Wagamama and have wondered for years why they never branched out to NYC.
    Check out this weeks issue of New York magazine.
    Great article with pictures of all the outstanding soup + noodle places in NYC + boroughs.
    There are many places that I want to visit.

    1. _emilie_ RE: kansel Dec 16, 2009 01:15 PM

      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.

      4 Replies
      1. re: _emilie_
        cjd260 RE: _emilie_ Dec 16, 2009 01:40 PM

        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.

        1. re: cjd260
          hcbk0702 RE: cjd260 Dec 16, 2009 01:51 PM

          I don't know about London, but I've tried the Wagamama in Harvard Square and I thought it was horrible pan-Asian dreck. Republic in Union Square is similarly terrible. Most of the better places here tend to serve authentic Japanese ramen.

          1. re: hcbk0702
            cjd260 RE: hcbk0702 Dec 16, 2009 05:29 PM

            Well, didn't want to put it in so many words, but yes. That said, I still think it's better than Republic.

            1. re: cjd260
              _emilie_ RE: cjd260 Dec 17, 2009 11:47 AM

              I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that what people like about Wagamama is NOT the authenticity. I'm actually not a fan of japanese ramen joints.

      Show Hidden Posts