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Restaurants, Japanese West Village
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

This minimalist 20-seat noodle shop—from the owners of Ronin Bar and Grill—offers two types of ramen: a pork-based tonkatsu with kikurage mushrooms and soft-boiled egg, and a chicken paitan with wavy egg noodles and menma (bamboo shoots). The strands, stocks and sauces—including a chili-pepper-and-miso variety—are all made in house at the brick-walled restaurant. For beverages, Sapporo is on draft, and seven sake varieties are available. 



Address: 181 W 4th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average ramen bowl: $12. Cash only
Opening hours: Daily noon–midnight
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Users say (3)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Second visit and I like it better. Cute space. Cash only is annoying but good for a quick fix. The ramen is a 3 but it's the best in the area for location and service and atmosphere. Stick to the shio black (salt based ) and black garlic oil. Pork. Chicken is chewy.


The lunch special that I believe is offered during dinner is a ton of food. You get one choice of a small rice bowl and obviously a ramen. Both of which are very heavy so be warned. I like the ramen enough, it's very filling and will satisfy a craving without the long lines of some the other more famous ramen houses in NYC. I love the shio black base but all of the other broth bases are quite delicious. I think the rice bowl I liked best was the tuna(?) roe to give a varied flavor since you'll have pork in your ramen.

My word, what an excellent little find! Best ramen I've had outside of Japan! I had the Tonkatsu Spicy Shoyu ramen, the perfectly charred beef sliced into the soup was absolutely delicious, and the broth was perfectly done. Also tried the Otokoyama sake, I highly recommend it! This is a place I will definitely be returning to frequently!