Mu Ramen

Mu Ramen

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Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Hunters Point, Queens
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  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJanuary 5, 2015
    The best ramen contender to Ippudo. The Mu Ramen has a unique beef and bone marrow broth, throw on a poached egg. The U and I is an awesome rice bowl with uni, salmon roe, and spicy tuna.
  • talida
    talidaDecember 15, 2013
    Superb food! Pretty much tried everything except specials in 3 visits, everything is worth reordering. Spicy miso is fave, add egg and pork jowl. Also U&I, okonomiyaki, charred edamame - all great!!
  • Lane R.heart icon on user image
    Lane RettigApril 15, 2016
    Oh. My. God. I lived in Japan for a year and I've eaten a lot of amazing ramen and it takes a lot to impress me and wow! This place impressed me. Just go. The $17 chicken wings are worth it.
  • Kiwi W.heart icon on user image
    Kiwi WangJanuary 18, 2018
    Some of the best ramen I’ve ever had!! Better than Totto and Ippudo. Apps are creative but can be hit or miss, but they truly nail the ramen. Tonkatsu is creamy and the pork itself just falls apart 🏆
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonFebruary 18, 2016
    Delicious ramen, cute and modern decor, and the food is served on beautiful ceramic plates and bowls. Get the grilled edamame to start (it's perfectly tangy and addictive) and then tonkotsu w/ an egg.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 11, 2016
    Joshua Smookler’s two-year-old ramen shop serves one of the best tonkotsu broths around. Beyond ramen, Mu also offers some high minded plates, like dry-aged Japanese Wagyu beef specials. Read more
  • Tomheart icon on user image
    TomApril 26, 2015
    They're really innovative. Each dish is filled with complex flavors and I love every bit over it. You can't go wrong with anything here. Get all the treats & a ramen, it makes an amazing tasting menu!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    Chef Smookler serves an elaborate and labor intensive chicken dish. The Tebasaki Gyoza is a deboned wing stuffed with a generous hunk of foie gras, brioche chunks, and a quince paste. Two for $17. Read more
  • Kinoheart icon on user image
    KinoJanuary 8, 2015
    The Tonkotsu 2.0 ramen is The Best NYC ramen. Josh Smookler = culinary genius. Tonkotsu ramen with tontoro (pork jowl), kikurage, menma, sesame & scallions. Add an onsen tamago. Save room for kaedama.
  • Kari Y.
    Kari YDecember 11, 2014
    We had U&I, mussels, tonkontsu ramen and the spicy ramen. Uni is yummy with rice, salmon roes and seaweed. The noodles cooked perfectly, yummy broth not too salty, great place for quick meal in LIC
  • Matthew C.heart icon on user image
    Matthew CaldecuttNovember 6, 2017
    The tonkatsu remains my favorite. I also like to start off with the edamame and another app -- sometimes the fried chicken and others, the sammy. Arrive early to avoid a wait.
  • Winson W.heart icon on user image
    Winson WongFebruary 7, 2015
    This place is really really good. The oxtail and bone marrow broth is so complex and noodles are chewy. Get the pork jowl no matter what. It is so tender. Appetizers are only ok! Lots of Jap beers!
  • Ababil A.
    Ababil AnwarMarch 17, 2016
    I'm not a big fan of noodle soup but so glad I came here! Ox Tail Ramen on the left w/ Apple juice & Spicy Miso on the right. Both was amazing!! And my friend really enjoyed her apple juice.
  • Derek K.heart icon on user image
    Derek KanDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mu Ramen at Mu Ramen is great but very different. One of the few beef based ramen in NYC. Very hearty, beefy. With toppings that bring to mind a light corned beef sandwich.
  • Jaimee E.
    Jaimee EstrellerJanuary 12, 2014
    Realllly delicious ramen, the broth is spot on, the noodles are perfectly al dente. Got the U + I and the spicy miso. Only 14 seats bc it's only a duo that's running the show. So eat here, k?
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 29, 2014
    Get the Okonomiyaki ($16), it's grilled Japanese cabbage pancake covered by trout, poppy tobiko pearls, shiso-bud microgreens, foie gras, and a drizzle of foie-maple syrup. Read more
  • Ben K.
    Ben K.January 31, 2015
    Best bowl of tonkotsu ramen I've had in NYC yet. Get the foie gras stuffed chicken wings, uni, and okonomiyaki. The chef/owners are so kind. Love this place.
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangMarch 31, 2015
    Tonkotsu ramen is definitely a treat, the soft and succulent pork jowls in there is unforgettable. Treat yoself and get 2 orders of the foie wings. The U & I is okay, skipping it ain't end of e world.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 14, 2015
    This Long Island City joint serves the city's best tonkotsu. The result is a silky, chowder-like mouthfeel, and a richness level that doesn't make you feel terrible when you're finished.
  • Chloe H.heart icon on user image
    Chloe HMay 21, 2015
    Don't bother with the U&I (I've had fresher). The tonkatsu was great and the spicy miso the best I've ever had. Don't forget to top them with a soft boiled egg.
  • Borahm C.heart icon on user image
    Borahm ChoMay 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing staff. Amazing food. Here is how you order 1. U&I - the uni bowl is out of the world. 2. You are really hungry? Get the fried chicken. 3. Tonkatsu with a egg is the way to go.
  • Brian E.heart icon on user image
    Brian EricksonMarch 9, 2015
    The Mu ramen is amazing, although the owner told me it is not actually their signature ramen...since it is an oxtail broth it's a play on the sound "moo" a cow makes. Sometimes they have sea urchin.
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenMay 24, 2016
    Edamame is a must order. The pancake in "treats" section great for sharing. Highly recommend the Mu Ramen - has a great bone marrow and oxtail soup base!
  • Derek K.heart icon on user image
    Derek KanMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Tonkatsu in NYC period. If you like the Akamaru Modern you'll love this one. Get either egg and extra pork jowl. And always extra noodles
  • Jennifer G.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer GApril 6, 2016
    Mu Ramen is definitely a trendy, and lively place. The ramen was awesome, but the wait was +45 minutes. Sitting style is bench, good for dates who don't mind being next to others.
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Completely lives up to the hype & worth the wait. The tonkotsu broth is perfect with Chasu that was perfectly cooked. So glad to have ramen-ya shop in the neighborhood. (Ps: still cash only)
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian ParkJanuary 9, 2016
    I'll be honest. Having been many times, I've always been the #1 advocate for Ippudo... until today. Mu Ramen is the best ramen in NYC, with influences from RamenLab and Ippudo, I was left speechless
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The ramen was absolutely amazing. One of the best bowls I've ever had. Go with the broccoli and steak to start and then the Mu Ramen bowl!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DeNardoFebruary 27, 2015
    Okonomiyaki to start, spicy miso (add poached egg!) to finish. A one-two punch of flavorful awesomeness. Cool ambiance and communal seating.
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NAugust 13, 2015
    The ramen broth blew my mind, with every slurp. I've read so much about the treats, the fried chicken with foie gras, the scallion pancake but they both were underwhelming.
  • Senencitoheart icon on user image
    SenencitoSeptember 24, 2015
    The hype is real. We visited last night. The wait was 1 hour but the waitress was fantastic in keeping us updated. Food was absolutely wonderful, both my guests loved it. Will be returning.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GigantiDecember 7, 2013
    Come early to put your name on the list. Shisito peppers, short rib buns, and spicy miso ramen are highlights. Feels kinda like a "chef's table" without a $100 price tag. Best dining experience in LIC
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuAugust 13, 2018
    Tonkotsu ramen had a good slightly rich broth with some black garlic oil. Thin noodles not my thing. Ajitama well boiled but weakly flavored. Pork jowl as the protein was too fatty; prefer chashu. 3/5
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    New menu items include a Foie Gras and Brioche-stuffed Tebasaki as well as a take on Okonomiyaki with smoked trout and Tobiko.
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MateoApril 11, 2015
    Call at 3 to get a reservation, they do allow walking for an hour when they open. Great for small groups or dates. Just order everything. Best Ramen in NYC.
  • Gunnar A.heart icon on user image
    Gunnar AasenApril 26, 2015
    Great tonkotsu ramen. They have the best egg add ons. Also I think the tebasaki gyoza (fried chicken wings stuffed with foie gras) almost out shined the ramen.
  • Jill M.heart icon on user image
    Jill MulliganJuly 3, 2015
    👍🏻👍🏻 uni appetizer + mu ramen with oxtail & bone marrow broth, corned beef, cabbage and half sour pickles
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    SarahOctober 27, 2017
    Great ramen, but the service and price leaves a bad taste in your mouth. You will feel rushed like you are eating in a ramen factory. E.g. They give you the bill without asking.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HuangJanuary 18, 2015
    Uni was fresh but doesn't hit the spot like the egg on egg at sakamai. Fried chicken and okonomiyaki were both too sweet for me. The ramen is pretty much perfect. More people waiting than seats. Ridic
  • Amee L.
    Amee LyDecember 24, 2014
    Hands down everything from the service to the food was perfection. My first stop next time I'm in NYC!
  • Steven V.heart icon on user image
    Steven VegaJuly 15, 2015
    The Mu Ramen it's absolutely outstanding! Just the perfect balance in the combination of all flavours in the soup!
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksApril 11, 2015
    Walked in with no reservation on Tuesday. Wait 25 mins and grabbed a good jap wheat beer. Pork meat in tonkutsu 2.0 cooked to deliciously melt when eaten. Found UI decent. Need more veg options tho.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BakerJanuary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is probably my favorite place to eat in all of New York. Heidy and Josh serve up the best ramen in the Big Apple imo. So much imagination!
  • Sam T.heart icon on user image
    Sam ThonisJanuary 28, 2015
    A worthy adversary to Ippudo and Toto. Make a reservation same day at 3pm. Eat the ramen. And the uni bowl.
  • hanna f.
    hanna fDecember 15, 2013
    Tonkatsu 2.0 ramen and pork buns are unreal. Fast, friendly service too. Just make sure to reserve a spot!! Can't wait to come back.
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    DMarch 25, 2017
    U & I delicious Bowl of mixed unit from Cali and from Fresh shipped from Japan that day.
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    What's Good HereOctober 20, 2015
    Tonkotsu Ramen - the pork is so tender that it falls apart when you try to pick it up with chopsticks
  • Mike B.
    Mike BakerDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place! Both the spicy miso and the wasabi shoyu ramens are super in point. Can't wait to try the tonkatsu 2.0 next.
  • Matthew M.heart icon on user image
    Matthew MDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is amazing. If you're close don't miss that chance to visit it. If you're far tho visit it anyways. 4/5
  • Pramod P.
    Pramod PaiMay 8, 2015
    Each bowl of ramen broth is extracted from about 24oz of the pork bone marrow .http://freshnyc.com/noodles-ramen/mu-ramen-east-meets-west-noodle-house-long-island-city-nyc
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