Menkui Tei

(Now Closed)
Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • 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
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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)
  • 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 MuseJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Matthew
    MatthewOctober 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mama M.
    Mama MiaSeptember 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alia 👻
    Alia 👻August 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome food and friendly staff. I guess the only downside is it's cash only, but it's worth a trip to the ATM.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KimAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Weekday lunch special is fantastic: half serving of ramen, curry rice and gyoza. Plus my favorite place for don katsu
  • Richard L.
    Richard LauAugust 14, 2014
    Good and dependable ramen for the right price. Don't forget a side order of fried rice!
  • 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.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithDecember 19, 2014
    Great ramen without the Ippudo crowd. Medium-thick pork broth and softer noodles.
    LARRYSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Menkui ramen, fried rice, and gyoza for lunch special. Cheap AND good! Great service.
  • .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.
  • E T.
    E TongApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.October 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Carnivorous curry connoisseurs, come for the katsu curry and stay for the Sapporo.
  • tiffany s.
    tiffany smithAugust 19, 2011
    best ramen in the city. the only place you should go (or to their other location in midtown!!)
  • Aditya M.
    Aditya MukerjeeJuly 22, 2013
    Vegetarians beware! The 'Vege Ramen' and Kinoko Tofu Ramen are not actually vegetarian (both contain pork broth).
  • Nic S.
    Nic SMarch 9, 2014
    Ask for the special vegetarian menu! A solid 3.5 stars.
  • Jessie E.
    Jessie EdenOctober 10, 2011
    Vegetarian tip: appetizers are big, the spinach and sauteed vegetables are very good
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaNovember 18, 2014
    My favorite ramen place in the city but it hasn't been open for months.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Sutamina is a crazy good spicy Ramen (and they put an egg on it!)
  • Jazmin L.
    Jazmin LuiDecember 8, 2013
    Tonkotsu ramen with corn - ridiculously good
  • Octavian C.
    Octavian CostacheSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The TanTanMen ramen is my dish of choice here. Delicious.
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenAugust 19, 2014
    Great lunch special! Half ramen, rice and gyoza for < $15
  • N. C.
    N. C.March 3, 2013
    Hands down better than totto ramen. Don't know why those other places even try.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AponteMarch 13, 2012
    Sutamina or mabo men are my go-to ramens. Fried rice also tasty
  • Megu K.
    Megu KJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always get the fried rice. If you're hungry, go for the Mabo Ramen!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WMay 28, 2011
    solid ramen at the right price. try the agedashi tofu too. cash only!
  • Archimedes S.
    Archimedes StukDecember 31, 2012
    Great lunch specials. Half a bowl of ramen is still huge!
  • 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).
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangJuly 6, 2012
    Try the stir fried vegetables - Pork with stir fried vegetable
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaAugust 5, 2014
    Great authentic, low key ramen spot. Cash only, nearest ATM is next door at the Dunkin' Donuts
  • Cristin
    CristinFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're not in the mood for noodles, then try the seafood curry... DELICIOUS!
  • Daria
    DariaOctober 8, 2010
    They also have a wings & beer special, for folks who are interested in that as an appetizer.
  • a. h.
    a. hirataJuly 25, 2011
    electronic music playlist is the shit. cheap, quick,& good food, too.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DMay 30, 2011
    the cold ramen dishes are excellent here on a hot day Read more
  • Michael K.
    Michael KarnjanaprakornFebruary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav low key Japanese place in the city. Cash only.
  • David H.
    David HuMarch 23, 2013
    The beer cocktails are... Well, they just are.
  • Lizzy M.
    Lizzy MangoldSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like spicy soup, the sutamina ramen is to die for. Also, fyi it's cash only.
  • Sean R.
    Sean Ransom SmithJune 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Happy Platter will make you happy.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'BrienMay 18, 2013
    Kurogama ramen was awesome. Dont get any on your white t shirt.
  • Will H.
    Will HouSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    get the lunch combo, $10 = ramen + gyoza + fried rice => big tummy
  • Nicky C.
    Nicky ChiuMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place for cheap ramen and rice bowls.
  • Alan O.
    Alan OmandJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Tan Tan Men is the best. This place also delivers if you live close enough.
  • 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
  • Hao
    HaoJuly 17, 2011
    Yakibuta ramen is the best. I get it every time.
  • Mark E.
    Mark EgermanJanuary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best vegetarian ramen in town
  • Sean R.
    Sean Ransom SmithJune 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    America's New Meat & Potatoes
  • MM
    MMMarch 7, 2014
    Got a small sliver of pork on my ramen. . And a small half an egg. Not happy
  • evie p.
    evie pOctober 22, 2011
    the tonkatsu ramen is the way to go
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the takowasa appetizer. Soo good
  • Robi G.
    Robi GonzalezNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The way ramen should be! Inexpensive and delicious!
  • 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!
  • Ant V.
    Ant VelezFebruary 5, 2011
    Try the Sutamina Don! You won't regret it!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MAugust 15, 2014
    Good lunch special.
  • Aimee A.
    Aimee AstilleroMay 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork Katsu Curry!! 👍🍛 yassss!!!!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaApril 26, 2013
    Try the Tonkotsu Ramen
  • Feras A.
    Feras Al-NatshehFebruary 8, 2012
    They have the perfect Chicken Katsu Curry!
  • Kevin Đ C N.
    Kevin Đ C NguyenJanuary 8, 2012
    Spicy miso ramen and fried yellow tail
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LatorreNovember 15, 2010
    Come for the ramen, stay for the music.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WongApril 25, 2012
    Go with the himachi kama. Its good.
  • Patricia T.
    Patricia TironaNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mabo Tofu - #unexpected flavor!
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GersonSeptember 19, 2011
    Midtown Menkui Tei is better. Noodles are too soft here
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiuMay 23, 2012
    Tonkotsu ramen all the way.
  • Ming P.
    Ming PeifferOctober 27, 2011
    Order the sutamina ramen. Add corn. Suck it down with some sapporo. Repeat.
  • Ye W.
    Ye WangFebruary 2, 2012
    Taking forever to just bring these, with a pretty much empty restaurant, no go!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CasellaAugust 23, 2013
    Ramen heaven
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangMarch 15, 2011
    Best mapo ramen!
  • Janine V.
    Janine VeazueJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Mabo don all the way.
  • Thuan L.
    Thuan LOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Poppin javi is the best drag queen waiter
  • Stephenie S.
    Stephenie StewartNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    tonkotsu ramen is the best!
  • Dan C.
    Dan CMay 7, 2011
    Tan tan men is Delish.
  • Ong A.
    Ong ArttasanNovember 7, 2010
    The Hiyachi Chuka cold ramen is A mazing!
  • Jun Y.
    Jun YoonJanuary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try monk fish liver if you are adventurer. It's soooo great
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiAugust 6, 2011
    Delicious curry rice!!!
  • Natalie
    NatalieFebruary 17, 2012
    Kanton ramen
  • jonathan b.
    jonathan bergerApril 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Tonkotsu ramen is CLEARLY the winner.
  • Chad C.
    Chad CoonOctober 5, 2011
    Try the ramen.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KarnjanaprakornNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Katsu Curry if you're starving
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GrizzardJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The miso ramen is awesome and inexpensive.
  • Peter N.
    Peter NMay 3, 2010
    amazing noodles
  • Robi G.
    Robi GonzalezJune 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Javie is the best!
  • Sharon B.
    Sharon BDecember 11, 2011
    This is pretty rude, dismissive service. Sad, but I won't be back.
  • Eugenia
    EugeniaFebruary 1, 2010
    jar jar men and cold tofu.
  • Ain P.
    Ain ParfaitOctober 8, 2011
    Do not get cream anmitsu very disappointing
  • Thomas D.
    Thomas DDecember 28, 2010
    The waitress had no idea what "vegan" was :(
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