Menkui Tei

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Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • Johnny S.
    Johnny SzetoNovember 23, 2013
    Get the Tonkatsu Ramen; it's not as salty as most other places around the area make it. And there's a really happy waitress that works there -- make sure you say hi to her.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DDecember 4, 2012
    A long-time favorite of mine, Menkui-tei never does me wrong, though it leaves me thirsty at times with it's slow-ish service. That said, ramen + fried rice/curry combo is one of the best deals in NYC
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    This no-frills ramen spot—with plenty of seats to spare for a procession of NYU students and Japanese regulars—is a solid backup plan for anyone who doesn't want to wait for a table at nearby Ippudo. Read more
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    My favorite ramen spot based on quality/convenience. Tonkotsu is the best, specify thick noodles like from the ChanPon (or get that if you're hungry & like seafood). +side curry or chahan (fried rice)
  • Matthew🗽
    Matthew🗽October 28, 2012
    Try Mabo Men (ramen with sauteed spicy tofu & ground pork in soy sauce flavored broth) if you are looking for a hearty dish. Only cash is accepted for payment.
  • Lilah
    LilahJuly 26, 2014
    The miso ramen is delicious, but pretty greasy - left it standing for a few minutes and a good few millimeters of oil collected along the top. Its cheap and the people are super nice, though.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJuly 26, 2013
    Ask for the thick noodles (like the ones they have in the Chanpon). The mini-curry and mini-chahan (fried rice) are both excellent, the latter with the white pepper they put on the table.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DMarch 26, 2012
    You'll need to make some noise to keep your water glass full, but other than that Menkui Tei is a solid, happy Japanese restaurant with food that's ordinary in Japan but much appreciated stateside.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SolomonSeptember 11, 2012
    opt for pork katsu curry here, you won't be disappointed. perfectly crispy pork cutlet and awesome Japanese curry. huge portion, too.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimMarch 17, 2013
    Skip the starters and go right for the ramen. You literally can't go wrong with any variety. ...The spicy bowls are not for the faint of heart, so be advised.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaSeptember 12, 2014
    Try the Tonkatsu and have them make it spicy - better than the spicy miso (which is still pretty good.) Simple, good ramen. Asahi on draft is good too!
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BeaumontDecember 5, 2011
    There are "better" ramen places in NYC but Menkui Tei is my favorite. You never have to wait, there's seating for groups and the ramen is reliable. Heart warmth.
  • E T.
    E TongApril 18, 2010
    I love the curry ramen with am extra boiled egg. The flavored boiled egg is a soy sauce egg. The reg boiled egg is more yokey which makes it awesome.
  • James
    JamesJanuary 3, 2010
    Tried the shoyu ramen and it was pretty good. It was a pretty generous amount too, considering it was only $7. Bring cash, they don't take debit or credit
  • Ting Z.
    Ting ZhangApril 22, 2010
    Shoyu ramen hit the spot but make sure you have water/ pitcher of beer to wash it down with. Sodium galore (which might not be a bad thing).
  • Artem K.
    Artem KolotilkinSeptember 11, 2014
    Unbeatable lunch offer: gyozo + ramen + fried rice for $10. And it's delicious as well! Tonkotsu ramen is my personal preference.
  • M L.
    M LSeptember 29, 2014
    One of the first ramen places I went to in manhattan. Fond memories. Unfortunately the competition have out perfected these ramens.
  • Sunny S.
    Sunny ShenMay 19, 2013
    Two hour wait at ippudo? Come here for a delicious bowl of tonkotsu ramen for almost half the price and pair it with a small fried rice!
  • Eli L.
    Eli LDecember 14, 2011
    Num 12 and 13 have most volume. Num 13 is no soup. Num 12 has lots of veggies, not lotta meat, though. Still really good.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KimAugust 26, 2011
    Weekday lunch special is fantastic: half serving of ramen, curry rice and gyoza. Plus my favorite place for don katsu
  • Alia 👻
    Alia 👻August 6, 2014
    Awesome food and friendly staff. I guess the only downside is it's cash only, but it's worth a trip to the ATM.
  • Terry Y.
    Terry YApril 12, 2014
    Tonkotsu ramen is good but only one slice of pork. Order appetizer or extra pork if you want more protein.
  • Aditya M.
    Aditya MukerjeeJuly 22, 2013
    Vegetarians beware! The 'Vege Ramen' and Kinoko Tofu Ramen are not actually vegetarian (both contain pork broth).
  • Onezumi H.
    Onezumi HartsteinMay 25, 2012
    The MKT at 56th is great. This one is AWFUL. Never thought you could screw up curry rice and miso soup. They did. Tastes like someone shit on pork fat
  • .oo.
    .oo.July 25, 2013
    Make sure to check the white boars with staff recommendations. E.g. the Okonomiyaki isn't listed on the menu.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LauAugust 14, 2014
    Good and dependable ramen for the right price. Don't forget a side order of fried rice!
  • LARRY
    LARRYSeptember 28, 2012
    Menkui ramen, fried rice, and gyoza for lunch special. Cheap AND good! Great service.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithDecember 19, 2014
    Great ramen without the Ippudo crowd. Medium-thick pork broth and softer noodles.
  • Daria
    DariaOctober 8, 2010
    They also have a wings & beer special, for folks who are interested in that as an appetizer.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarrettNovember 30, 2011
    Absolutely terrible music played way too loud all the time. The ramen more than makes up for it though!
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.October 25, 2012
    Carnivorous curry connoisseurs, come for the katsu curry and stay for the Sapporo.
  • Jessie E.
    Jessie EdenOctober 10, 2011
    Vegetarian tip: appetizers are big, the spinach and sauteed vegetables are very good
  • SkeeterNYC
    SkeeterNYCDecember 19, 2010
    Pork Tonkatsu & Spicy Miso Ramen made me want to handcuff myself to my booth and live and eat there forever...and ever...amen.
  • Cristin
    CristinFebruary 23, 2011
    If you're not in the mood for noodles, then try the seafood curry... DELICIOUS!
  • N. C.
    N. C.March 3, 2013
    Hands down better than totto ramen. Don't know why those other places even try.
  • tiffany s.
    tiffany smithAugust 19, 2011
    best ramen in the city. the only place you should go (or to their other location in midtown!!)
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AponteMarch 13, 2012
    Sutamina or mabo men are my go-to ramens. Fried rice also tasty
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WMay 28, 2011
    solid ramen at the right price. try the agedashi tofu too. cash only!
  • Megu K.
    Megu KJanuary 12, 2012
    Always get the fried rice. If you're hungry, go for the Mabo Ramen!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonAugust 29, 2012
    The Sutamina is a crazy good spicy Ramen (and they put an egg on it!)
  • Lizzy M.
    Lizzy MangoldSeptember 13, 2010
    If you like spicy soup, the sutamina ramen is to die for. Also, fyi it's cash only.
  • Octavian C.
    Octavian CostacheSeptember 6, 2012
    The TanTanMen ramen is my dish of choice here. Delicious.
  • Jazmin L.
    Jazmin LuiDecember 8, 2013
    Tonkotsu ramen with corn - ridiculously good
  • Nic S.
    Nic SMarch 9, 2014
    Ask for the special vegetarian menu! A solid 3.5 stars.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DMay 30, 2011
    the cold ramen dishes are excellent here on a hot day Read more
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangJuly 6, 2012
    Try the stir fried vegetables - Pork with stir fried vegetable
  • a. h.
    a. hirataJuly 25, 2011
    electronic music playlist is the shit. cheap, quick,& good food, too.
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenAugust 19, 2014
    Great lunch special! Half ramen, rice and gyoza for < $15
  • Archimedes S.
    Archimedes StukDecember 31, 2012
    Great lunch specials. Half a bowl of ramen is still huge!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaAugust 5, 2014
    Great authentic, low key ramen spot. Cash only, nearest ATM is next door at the Dunkin' Donuts
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