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Ramen in Manhattan

Friends asked if we [living in Queens] knew of any places they could bring their daughter to, as she really enjoys Ramen. A place perhaps to select the type of broth, noodles, etc. A place in Queens or Nassau.

Some also suggested that perhaps a place in the city would be wiser.

Not knowing any to suggst; I figured the Board would be a good place to investigate. Does anyone have any suggestions.
Thanks

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  1. Do a search for ramen on this Manhattan board - loads of posts/information. This board is for Manhattan requests....for other areas you'll get more help if you post on those regional boards...

    1. ippudo, but it costs more and there are often long waits

      hide chan in midtown

      naruto ramen on the upper east side

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      1. re: thew

        Naruto is not worth trekking uptown for. It's a neighborhood place, not a destination place by any means. Ippudo's quality is leagues above. I also like Rai Rai Ken.

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        Ippudo
        65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: thew

          In my opinion Naruto Ramen is the worse ramen in Manhattan.

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          Naruto Ramen
          1596 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: thew

            I second Hide Chan! IMHO, I prefer that place to Menchanko, although Menchanko is fairly good too.

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

          2. I happen to like menchanko in midtown
            the small plates are good too-fried chicken, oden, kimchi tofu etc.
            not earth shattering-but solid food

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            1. re: AdamD

              I just found this place last week and have already been twice. It's excellent. The Hakata Ramen is as close as I've found to Ippudo's, but the winner for me was the Vegetable Menchanko.

            2. Haven't been to Hide, but haven't heard strong word of (respectable) mouth on their soup. Ippudo is probably the only one worth considering a destination spot. The rest are decent to below average and can be considered based on location/ convenience, etc. Ippudo has different soups but I believe only one type of noodle. They make them on site though- which is unusual.

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              Ippudo
              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. Both Sapporo's (East Village and Midtown) are near the top of my list of favorite Ramen. The Sapporo Special Ramen is incredible.

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                Sapporo
                152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

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                1. re: MWinston

                  We tried Naruto Ramen last night because it is so close by. Everyone is right. It is just not very good. The broth was a salt lick, and I am not adverse to salt! The pork was a water-logged piece of pork- not a flavorful stewed pork, but just tasteless. Really not recommended. Too bad. I had high hopes.

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                  Naruto Ramen
                  1596 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128