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Momosan Ramen & Sake

Restaurants, Japanese Murray Hill
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Tonkatsu at Momosan Ramen & Sake
Photograph: Zandy Mangold Tonkatsu at Momosan Ramen & Sake

Time Out says

it’s hard to believe that a megawatt Japanese chef such as Morimoto namesake Masaharu Morimoto wouldn’t have forayed sooner into the lucrative world of ramen, having spent a decade erecting an international empire of modern Japanese restaurants and sushi bars spanning New York to New Delhi. But the bespectacled Iron Chef alum makes his splashy debut to the noodle-soup game with this 60-seat Murray Hill restaurant, which affectionately takes its title from the toque’s nickname in the kitchen. On the menu are the titular bowls, offered both in traditional varieties, such as tonkotsu (with soy tare, pork chashu and ajitama egg), and globally inspired broths, such as a spicy, Malaysian-inflected laksa version with coconut curry and red miso ground pork. Beyond ramen, small plates range from a romaine-cucumber chashu salad in garlic sauce to a Peking duck taco with hoisin and apricot-chili sauce in a soft tortilla. On the drinks front, a sake menu touts 13 regional varieties offered by the glass in traditional cedarwood masu boxes, along with a selection of sake-based cocktails.

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Address: 342 Lexington Ave
New York
10016
Cross street: between 39th and 40th Sts
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average ramen bowl: $10
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Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11:30am–3pm, 5–11pm; Sun 4–10pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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Still on top for me for the spicey pork and their bamboo shoot salad is delicious. Amazijg sake list ( only drink the cold). Other favs are the lettuce wraps and the lunch special at 16 dollars will hold you all night.

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I have felt more WELCOME in a restaurant then I felt in Momosan. 


Even on a regular Thursday, after a busy day at work.

Every guest that walks in in this Ramen-Heaven gets a shout out by the team, setting the right atmosphere. 


While sipping our Sake - yes, they have plenty - we soaked in this eclectic mix of business people and foodie's. 

Even though the menu is rather limited, we had everything we needed! 

Taco's, pigs ears and their signature Ramen Bowl. 


Possibly the more unusual combo I have had so far in New York, but it worked.

Even Rihanna's Friends with a Monster hit contributed to the experience! 


Joining the ranks of the many great ramen places NYC has to offer is Iron Chef Morimoto's offering to the fine, ramen obsessed people of this city. The joint does not disappoint, and though predictably crowded - no reservations are accepted here- and not the most relaxing of dining atmospheres, the food is (also predictably) great. Service is very prompt and attentive, which keeps wait times closer to reasonable.


From appetizers to the ramen itself, I don't think one can go wrong with any of the menu offerings at Momosan. The Yaki Salmon is worth the visit alone, and was crispy, fatty, and flavorful. Kakuni bao (pork steamed buns) were also excellent, providing a great prelude to the ramen itself.


Tonkatsu ramen was a surprisingly light rendition of the classic, and the pork topping was slightly soggier and tougher than I'd expect, though still delicious. The tantan Ramen - a thai-esque take which included coconut curry and cilantro - was also delicious, and unexpectedly retained its ramen integrity without being a glorified Thai coconut soup. Though I didn't partake, there is also a fairly comprehensive sake list.


I would definitely return for predictably great food and to (maybe!) catch a glimpse of Morimoto at work. 






I'm shocked that it took this long for Iron Chef Morimoto to capitalize on the ramen craze across NY. However, better late than never, and Momosan does a fantastic job standing out from the rest.


Once in a while, Morimoto will man the kitchen himself. If you're lucky enough to come here during one of those days, definitely request bar seating so you can witness the master at work. 


In addition to the staples of any ramen restaurant, Tonkotsu, Tsukemen, etc... Momosan also offers a Tantan ramen - which consists of a coconut curry based broth. I myself was not a huge fan of this dish, as I thought the broth was lacking in flavor. While the broth was thick and creamy, there wasn't much depth behind it in terms of taste. The ramen noodles, however, were fantastic, with just the right amount of chewiness and texture. 


In terms of appetizers, Momosan knocks it out of the park with their gyoza, bao, and especially their donburi (rice bowl dish with fish or meat). If you come here during lunch time, you can get a lunch set for $16, which includes a choice of either a bao or don, and a small ramen. While a bit pricey, there's more than enough food to fill you up. 


Definitely check this place out if you're in the Murry Hill area, especially given the dearth of good Asian food around.