May Chan Ramen & Robatayaki

East Village
How do you stand out in a neighborhood packed with ramen joints? This East Village noodle spot decided to focus on sake (bottles can be had for as little as $14) and a sleek interior (illuminated panels are plastered with sake labels). Drink up; the food, mostly ramen and robatayaki (grilled skewers), falls short of the hood’s reputation for solid Japanese grub. The miso ramen—thin, unremarkable broth and limp egg noodles—was narrowly saved by a slice of tender braised pork belly. Meanwhile the creamy May Chan ramen was a hodgepodge of seafood (barely-there clams, an impossible-to-crack crab claw) in an oddly sweet miso broth. The robatayaki items are none too memorable, but the charred garlic cloves and tangy chicken with scallions will at least soak up all that sake.
Venue name: May Chan Ramen & Robatayaki
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Address: 119 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: at 7th St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–11pm, Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; N, R, W to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $14

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David

Mediocre food, high prices and small portions. They used to have a more extensive menu but then cut it down. How disappointing that it took a turn for the worst. Better to go to one of the other ramen/yakitori restaurants in the neighborhood.