Menchanko-Tei

Noodle House, Japanese Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant · Turtle Bay
131 E 45th St (btwn 3rd and Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10017, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–11:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
No
6.6/10

Based on 132 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Christian G.
    "the tsuke mein is an awesome alternative to the ramen"(44 Tips)
    Doris H.
    "... lunch! I got the menchanko noodles because I was craving a hearty bowl of..."(2 Tips)
    Lisa H.
    "Chige miso menchanko (slightly spicy)."(2 Tips)
    Carolyn
    "Shoyu Ramen & pork gyoza are however, both pretty good."(3 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • kimchi
  • spicy food
  • gyoza
  • authentic
  • dumplings
  • good service
  • good for a quick meal
  • tempura
  • casual
  • pork
  • beer
  • lunch
  • stew
  • shrimp
  • chicken
  • spicy miso
  • Yakisoba
  • dinner
  • bamboo shoots
  • Valerie

    Gets very crowded for lunch. If you want takeout, call ahead.

    Valerie · April 18
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  • Doris H.

    Short wait for Friday lunch! I got the menchanko noodles because I was craving a hearty bowl of noodle soup. It came with shrimp, chicken, tofu, etc. Great option for dining out in this area.

    Doris Hu · March 21
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  • Meg F.

    Second tier, but convenient and decently priced if you're in midtown.

    Meg Farmer · February 27
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  • Cate D.

    Spicy tonkatsu ramen is the way to go. Gyoza are light and crisped!

    Cate Dunn · February 14
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  • Leo S.

    Good, affordable, no-frills ramen. I am pretty sure this place was around before the recent ramen-ya boom.

    Leo Sumulong · January 20
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  • Lisa L.

    Decent Ramen at a decent price. Its no ipudo or nuerto ramen but still good. $3.75 mugs of beers in midtown? Ok

    Lisa L · January 18
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  • Meli

    This place just gained a new loyal customer. Had the spicy menchankto ramen and it was mouth-watering. Will return to try the rest of the menu.

    Meli · October 11, 2014
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  • Tif C.

    Very average. The Hakata and tonkotsu are presumably the same things. Nice that they have a deal for noodle dishes though-- $3.50 for two onigiri. Had the spicy kurobata tonkatsu ramen

    Tif C. · September 11, 2014
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  • Summer K.

    Great Nabe, I love the one in Hawaii! This one is not so bad!

    Summer Kamigaki · September 2, 2014
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  • What's Good Here

    One of the Midtown places to get ramen if scouting from the second tier of ramen restaurants. Hide-chan is better, but lines form up the stairs by 12:15pm.

    What's Good Here · August 7, 2014
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  • Mic H.

    特においしい、というわけではありません。

    Mic Hi · July 22, 2014
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  • Erica W.

    So sad they ran out of takoyaki 😞 Next time!!

    Erica Weiman · April 6, 2014
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  • Steve R.

    Great lunch spot...live the soups...when it gets nice out...go for the cold noodle dishes

    Steve Roberts · April 1, 2014
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  • Kim C.

    Deliciously garlic-y kimchi!

    Kim Castellano · February 8, 2014
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  • Sam S.

    Awesome dumplings.

    Sam Shpilberg · January 19, 2014
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  • Michael Steven W.

    Great Tonkatsu Ramen! :-)

    Michael Steven Williams · September 29, 2013
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  • Krista J.

    Maguro Poki is the tits. So goood.

    Krista Jackson · September 12, 2013
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  • Lucius K.

    Good for Kyushu-style food. The saraudon is good, and their Hakata ramen is their most popular dish.

    Lucius Kwok · August 31, 2013
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  • Jon L.

    C health rating .....

    Jon Lin · August 5, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    A vegetarian-friendly source for reasonably priced ramen, soba, and more in Midtown. Be sure to explore the simple Japanese vegetables like tempura and bamboo shoots in chili oil.

    Serious Eats · June 28, 2013
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  • Time Out New York

    In addition to several varieties of ramen, this midtown spot also offers "Menchanko" soups, inspired by traditional, hearty stews eaten by sumo wrestlers. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 4, 2013
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  • DD K.

    Small, cozy, simple, good food, and even good service :)

    DD Kim · May 26, 2013
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  • D T.

    They scored a 'C' on their most recent health department check.

    D T · May 4, 2013
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  • Michelle R.

    Meh it was edible, but it definitely proves that Toto Ramen is worth the wait!

    Michelle Russo · April 2, 2013
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  • S A.

    They have a C rating

    S A · February 26, 2013
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  • Matthew B.

    The Kurobuta Hakata Ramen is delicious.

    Matthew Barnard · February 26, 2013
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  • Howard J.

    The Hakata Tonkatsu Menchanko is the best!! Their menchanko is very authentic! Amazing food at an amazing value!

    Howard J. Lee · January 20, 2013
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  • sara

    Try the menchanko noodles. Simply amazing! Always full of japanese people, which means authentic food. Very affordable, too.

    sara · December 20, 2012
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  • toshihito s.

    味噌ラーメンを食べたのですか、味噌煮込みうどんラーメンに替えたものでした。スープに複雑な味わいはなく、楽しめませんでした。

    toshihito suzuki · November 18, 2012
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  • Xian X.

    Tonkatsu ramen! Pitchers of Kirin, chicken Kara age & Agedashi Tofu

    Xian Xian · October 24, 2012
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  • Nancy S.

    Order the Spicy miso menchanko all the way!!! Sans fishballs - not my thing.

    Nancy Schuster · October 5, 2012
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  • Carolyn

    Don't listen to the Internets - the Kurobuta Hakata Ramen is bland. Tasteless noodles, weak broth - go to Ippudo, Momofuku or Republic instead. Shoyu Ramen & pork gyoza are however, both pretty good.

    Carolyn · August 26, 2012
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  • Rose W.

    Tsuke men with spicy miso and pork is my go-to. I can't even order anything else anymore cus I end up regretting. That good!

    Rose W · August 11, 2012
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  • Mona D.

    Ramen is my thing and I approach it with an open mind bc there are so many different varieties (broth, noodles etc) Ramen was HORRIBLE. Couldn't finish it.

    Mona D · June 10, 2012
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  • Jess L.

    If the ramen doesn't cure your hangover, the oden will. Guaranteed.

    Jess Leung · June 1, 2012
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  • Aimee O.

    Hakata Ramen. Chanpon. Top picks.

    Aimee Oh · May 11, 2012
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  • David F.

    はかたラーメンが一番美味しいだぜ!

    David Finkelstein · April 24, 2012
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  • Natalie

    Hakata ramen

    Natalie · February 17, 2012
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    What's not to like? It's inexpensive and simple, with cheery service and surrounds, making it one of the better places in Midtown to go to for a laidback lunch-on-the-run. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · January 23, 2012
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  • M M.

    Super nice staff!

    M M · January 11, 2012
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  • Thomas A. T.

    My second time here in several days. Visiting from Miami, I always look for something new to try. This place is great and reasonable. Get the grilled squid with ginger to start :)

    Thomas A. Taulbee · December 30, 2011
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  • Court S.

    Amazing Ramen, appetizers are cheap and reasonably sized, great place for Saturday lunch.

    Court Smith · December 18, 2011
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  • Danny K.

    Best ramen in NYC!

    Danny Kim · November 4, 2011
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  • James W.

    Best noodles in NYC

    James Wacht · October 4, 2011
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  • Lisa H.

    Chige miso menchanko (slightly spicy). Great noodle dish that has a little bit of everything.

    Lisa Hoang · August 29, 2011
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  • Mimi

    Hakata ramen. Don't even think about ordering another kind of ramen... I did and regretted it immediately.

    Mimi · July 18, 2011
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  • Mark L.

    I also tried the Hakata Ramen not knowing how popular it is...it's rather tasty.

    Mark Lee · July 14, 2011
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  • BLDProject

    Love Menchanko-Tei for a budget Midtown snack: 10 apps are $3.75 and at least another 20 small bites are $4-6. 12 oz draft Kirin is always $3.75.

    BLDProject · July 6, 2011
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  • Connie H.

    Hakata ramen! So delicious! Read more

    Connie Hwong · May 16, 2011
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  • Peter B.

    Excellent and quick, Yakisoba

    Peter B · February 10, 2011
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