Colllege students and budget eaters have been packing this beloved ramen-ya since it opened in 2000. The überpopular East Village joint outgrew its digs in 2012 and moved to a larger space a few doors away, but the menu is unchanged. Slurp up one of four bowls: shoyu, shio, miso or the TONY favorite, curry. Gyoza, edamame and chashu (roasted pork slices) round out the simple menu.
Rai Rai Ken
|Venue name:||Rai Rai Ken||Contact:|
218 E 10th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun noon–midnight; Fri, Sat noon–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; N, R, W to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $10. Cash only|