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Need Recommendation for a Ramen place in NYC for dinner with a 12 year old...

Hey everyone, looking for a great ramen place to take my son, who is obsessed with Ramen. He eats instant ramen when I allow it, sees ramen restaurants on TV, and we are taking him to the NYC for a day soon. Seeking a child friendly, but quality, sit down Ramen/Noodle Shop/Restaurant.

He wants to have dinner in a real authentic ramen place, but of course, when reality hits and he sees the real thing, its gonna be a little tough to order. He loves chicken, and pork-but I am not sure how he will feel about the fatty pork that I think is usually in ramen soups. At this age he still will not eat seafood. He likes broccoli, edamame, corn/baby corns, but he's not too down with many other veggies that you would find typically in a ramen soup.

My husband and I are more experimental and willing to try things, so my concern is more for a restaurant for my son. What is the proper etiquette at a Ramen or Noodle House? Can you just ask for Noodles, Chicken and Broth?

I've read about Ippudo, Momofuku and the like, but I am not sure if this is the kind of place to take my son. If you are allowed and its appropriate, to customize your bowl of soup, then maybe my concerns are a non-issue.

Looking forward to hearing recommendations and advice.

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. If you want to "customize" you should avoid Ippudo which is a huge place. I'd also avoid Momofuku for ramen.

    I'd suggest Minca. Very friendly and you can talk to the chefs (you're sitting right in front of them) which I bet your son would enjoy, and you could ask for whatever you want and they'd accomodate you.

    Rai Rai Ken would work too.

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    Minca
    536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

    Rai Rai Ken
    214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

    Ippudo
    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    1. The Momofuku group of restaurants does not allow any substitutions or modifications to the dishes, so I wouldn't take a picky eater there.

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      1. re: kathryn

        thanks kathryn. this was helpful.

      2. Try Moco on 3rd and 34th. They make the noodles fresh every day and they are very accomodating to their customers.

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        Moco
        516 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: princeofpork

          I just looked on Moco's menu. It doesn't look like they are serving ramen anymore?

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          Moco
          516 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        2. My 2 cents here; Ippudo is just plain amazing, there's also Rai Rai Ken, Minca, Ramen Setagaya & Kambi Ramen House. All good, but Ippudo is a cut above. Happy Slurping!
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          Minca
          536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

          Rai Rai Ken
          214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Kambi
          351 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ramen Setagaya
          34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          1. Go to Ippudo. It's probably the only ramen shop in the city worth going out of your way for in terms of quality. The interior is nice and they have tables that families can sit in. Ok, it's a little unconventional by typical ramen shop standards in its' level of upscaledness(?), but it's very pleasant for lunch. They have several broths to choose from. You can order whatever you want and they will customize it. This is standard at ramen shops. Ask them to leave toppings off or to just bring them on the side. The thing your son might enjoy most is the long window that allows you to watch them prepare everything, which is a decent compromise to sitting in front of a guy within splashing distance.