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Apr 12, 2011 06:44 PM

Best bowl of ramen in Midtown East?

I have a Friday appointment in the area of Grand Central, and was thinking about getting a bowl of ramen afterward for lunch. What's the best place in the area, between the East 30s and 50s?

I'm open to all varieties, though would really like a good bowl of tonkatsu ramen. I've heard good things about Menchanko-Tei and Hide-Chan.

Thanks for any suggestions!

131 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. It's "tonkotsu" ramen, not "tonkatsu". Both those shops feature tonkotsu which they probably call "Hakata" style. Haven't been to Menchanko-tei in ages. Ramen was average and watery when I had it many years ago. Heard good things about Hide-Chan, but I haven't been.

    1. Hide Chan is really excellent

      248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

      1. My favorite is(was) Men Kui tei on 56th street. They also have really good homemade gyoza and fried rice. The only thing negative about this place is it's not always so consistent. When it's good, really really really good. When it's bad, it's pretty bland and not so flavorful.

        Currently, Hide Chan is probably the most popular. Get the spicy one. It's really good but their portion is pretty small.

        Menchanko Tei is ok too. I used to frequent there a lot but not so much lately.

        Men Kui Tei
        60 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        1. Hidechan is not consistant either. I have had some surprises there - both good and bad. But, is still probably the best of whats available in midtown east.

          1. i work quite close to Men Kui Tei and Menchanko. i prefer Menchanko for their vegetarian menchanko dish, but my colleagues prefer Men Kui Tei for their Canton Ramen, which comes loaded with calamari, shrimp and more. the atmosphere at Menchanko is slightly better, but not by much.

            there's also Sapporo on 47th or so. i used to go there often for mabo tofu. atmosphere is the worst of the three, but again not by much.

            152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

            Men Kui Tei
            60 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019