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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.

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  1. 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.

    11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

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

      Hung Ry
      55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

      1. 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).

        248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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

          34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

          1. 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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            1. re: thew

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

              536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                1. re: E Eto

                  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.

                  536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                  65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  516 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009