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nerak Dec 6, 2010 07:40 AM

realize many ramen venues are stools at a counter. looking for good ramen in manhattan but where a group of 6 friends can also sit at a table,have a conversation and catch up. flexible re neighborhood.
thanks.

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    jptcu Dec 6, 2010 08:34 AM

    Rockmeisha at 11 Barrow Street. It's Kyushu style (thin noodles) and some complain that the servings are small. But it's pretty good and the place is very hospitable and fairly quiet.

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    Rockmeisha
    11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

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      kathryn Dec 6, 2010 09:44 AM

      If you're not tied specifically to ramen but still want Asian noodle soup, how about Hung Ry?

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749939

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      Hung Ry
      55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

      1. E Eto Dec 6, 2010 12:54 PM

        If you want a comfortable place with some ambiance, Hide-chan would be a good choice. If you just want a bare-bones place to hang out an have some ramen, Terakawa is a better choice for tastier ramen (especially the mayu ramen).

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        Hide-chan
        248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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          UES Mayor Dec 7, 2010 03:14 AM

          Gyu Kaku would fit your bill. Many other entrees to choose from as well.

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          Gyu-Kaku
          34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

          1. thew Dec 7, 2010 04:21 AM

            hide-chan has tables, as does menkui tei and minca.

            hide chan has the best ramen of the 3, menkui is good, lots of variations, a low key funky downtown feel and eclectic menu. many people swear by minca, but i really didnt like it much.

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              E Eto Dec 7, 2010 06:02 AM

              When's the last time you were at Minca? According to the Japanese papers (http://www.ejapion.com/gourmet/pickup/584/ ), there's a new ramen place called Kuboya at that location, a shop specializing in miso ramen. http://www.kuboyanyc.com/
              It would seem that the owner of Minca has closed up and is probably concentrating efforts at Kambi.

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

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                thew Dec 7, 2010 06:07 AM

                about 2 months ago i think

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                  NYAngeleno Dec 7, 2010 07:41 AM

                  Actually, Minca is still open. The new restaurant, Kuboya, was opened NEXT to Minca, so you have two ramen restaurants next to each other.

                  I personally never thought Minca was that great (lots of garlicky flavor, very rich broth, but not enough "meat goodness" flavor). I found out about Kuboya from another post on here a few weeks ago. It is the new restaurant by the guy who did Kubo-Chan, in the kitchen of Moco (in Murray Hill). I really like the flavor of the shio broth - rich and flavorful, the texture of his noodles, which is just right, and the quality of the chashu he puts into it. It's probably my favorite bowl of ramen in NYC right now (Haven't been to Hidechan or Totto, but been to all the rest, including Ippudo). I'd be curious to see what other CHounders think of it.

                  To the OP's question, Kuboya definitely has space to accommodate a table of 6. Minca was already mentioned above.

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

                  Ippudo
                  65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Moco
                  516 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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

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                tex.s.toast Dec 7, 2010 05:11 AM

                ippudo will let you reserve their tables/booths to the side of the dining room on in person the day-of, if you or a member of your party are going to be in the east village that afternoon this may be a good option - its still loud what with all the shoulting but the seating is quite nice for six.

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