Mu Ramen

Mu Ramen

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Hunters Point, Queens
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  • Noah W.
    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.
  • Lane R.
    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.
  • 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!!
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenApril 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!
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Emily W.
    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.
  • 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
  • Winson W.
    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!
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Kino
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bin Y.
    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.
  • Derek K.
    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.
  • Brian E.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)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.
  • Chloe R.
    Chloe RMay 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.
  • 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
  • Borahm C.
    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.
  • Tiffany
    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)
  • Jennifer G.
    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.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.
  • Abner A.
    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!
  • Matthew C.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Senencito
    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.
  • Gunnar A.
    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.
  • Josh M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Brian P.
    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
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 10, 2016
    Good ramen in a tiny shared space that doesn’t totally live up to the hype, but is still pretty good. Prices were very high for ramen compared to other city ramen joints.
  • Sarah
    Sarah3 weeks ago
    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.
  • Sam T.
    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.
  • Steven V.
    Steven VegaJuly 15, 2015
    The Mu Ramen it's absolutely outstanding! Just the perfect balance in the combination of all flavours in the soup!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganJuly 3, 2015
    👍🏻👍🏻 uni appetizer + mu ramen with oxtail & bone marrow broth, corned beef, cabbage and half sour pickles
  • Byron W.
    Byron WongDecember 11, 2014
    Both the Mu and the Tonkatsu have really good broths. I personally like the Mu more for its brisket
  • D
    DMarch 25
    U & I delicious Bowl of mixed unit from Cali and from Fresh shipped from Japan that day.
  • What's Good Here
    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.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoApril 11, 2015
    You should definitely get the U & I, tonkotsu ramen with seasoned egg, and the pancake!
  • Matthew M.
    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
  • Sonny D.
    Sonny DatoyDecember 6, 2013
    amazing seafood ramen (limited time offering). literally the biggest shrimp i've seen. one of the best broths among ramen spots.
  • Escape C.
    Escape CardonaDecember 10, 2015
    Awesome ramen spot . Food is great. The stuffed chicken is def something to try.
  • Jenn
    JennApril 21, 2015
    Get the U & I (uni app), tebasaki, and the moo ramen! All excellent tastes!
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickMarch 6, 2016
    make sure to put your name down ahead of time and grab a drink next door while you wait
  • 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!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerAugust 2, 2016
    the clams and the uni are spectacular. don't fall for the foi gras fried chicken. all the ramen is v good
  • 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.
  • Ruth M.
    Ruth MadrigalJuly 18, 2015
    Place is small and cozy, and service is good. I can see why some people see them as a contender to Ippudo. Personally I liked their noodles better because they did not taste overly salty!
  • Allen K.
    Allen KarachunMarch 28, 2016
    Phenomenal flavors. Soup broths weren't overly salty and my Mu Ramen had incredible bone-y flavor with just the right amount of toppings.
  • Fotis
    FotisNovember 2, 2016
    best ramen in town with reasonable prices. expect a line to be seated but the food is worth the wait.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SwerdloffMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is delicious. The wings stuffed with brioche and fois gras are amazing. CASH ONLY.
  • Jing Jing L.
    Jing Jing LiFebruary 27
    If they have it, the Mu Ichiban is the way to go. Slightly smokier than the Tonkotsu, it's delicious
  • Greg W.
    Greg Wong 🎯June 27, 2015
    Try to come 10 minutes before opening to make sure you get a spot in the first seating. (~5:20)
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereOctober 20, 2015
    Okonomiyaki - the sweetness of the scallion pancakes go well with the smoked trout
  • Nicholas M.
    You will have to wait for a seat and your joints will hurt the next day but the ramen is worth it.
  • Mischa
    MischaApril 24
    Been here 5+ times
    Menu changes, so don't get too attached to all of the dishes
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Dane B.
    Dane BJune 15
    A little disappointed that the namesake Mu Ramen wasn't on the menu on my visit, but the miso ramen was as good as any that I've had in the city.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 11, 2014
    Seriously better than the hype. Always get the egg. And the decor, oh that decor.
  • Maja P.
    Maja PascualJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    What's not to like here?!? Should try the chicken wing thing and uni and the ramen... All of them!!!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoMarch 8, 2015
    Nicest owners. Friendly staff. They take same day reservations
  • Jon W.
    Jon WuDecember 14, 2013
    U-N-I is delicious, and make sure you get pork jowl with your ramen, SO tender!
  • Rei W.
    Rei WangSeptember 4, 2015
    Perfection. My new favorite ramen spot in NYC. Get the Tonkotsu with the onsen tamago.
  • George M.
    George MillerNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is excellent. My favourite tonkotsu in NYC.
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DumbillJanuary 16
    The food is brilliant! Cash only policy is annoying it's 2017 not 1980. Get Square or some other method of taking card.
  • Venkatesh K.
    http://freshnyc.com/noodles-ramen/mu-ramen-east-meets-west-noodle-house-long-island-city-nyc have wonderful experience of amazing taste
  • M M.
    M MMarch 23, 2015
    If you get the spicy mustard greens, ask for them on the side. They are no joke.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonJanuary 17, 2015
    Get there 20 minutes before Mu opens or the wait can stretch to 90 minutes or more
  • Alosha M.
    Alosha MuchnikFebruary 3, 2016
    Everything is very tasty here. The flavors are out of this world!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickJanuary 22, 2016
    The house special (with corned beef and oxtail broth) was absolutely delicious
  • markus g.
    markus gerdemannFebruary 26, 2016
    One of the best ramen spots in NYC. Great service and great ambience!
  • Paige H.
    Paige HoffsteinJanuary 4, 2014
    The ramen is top notch, but the buns! Omg. The buns are other worldly!
  • citizenM
    citizenMMarch 31, 2015
    You would want to make this reservation for some innovative broth! Read more
  • LARRY
    LARRYAugust 13, 2015
    Unfortunately this ramen joint is NOT vegetarian friendly at all. Hopefully the chef can come up with a good veggie broth!
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChongJanuary 12, 2015
    Must get the U&I. Bomb ass uni w/ salmon roe and tuna
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoMarch 7, 2015
    The U & I is magical, beautiful and a must have.
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AllonDecember 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Really can't go wrong. Everything is so tasty and unique
  • Bennett
    BennettJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great menu of ramen with creative combinations of flavors
  • Justin C.
    Portions are a bit small, get extra noodles
    Upvoted Sep 9
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanFebruary 21, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen is good, but the edamame is so so good and a must cop
  • Vlad
    Vlad1 week ago
    The place is a little bit overpriced, but the tonkotsu ramen is delicious.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachFebruary 29, 2016
    Their Tonkotsu 2.0 is phenomenal (though very similar to Ippudo's tonkotsu).
  • D
    DMarch 25
    My ramen oxtail and bone marrow based soup 🍜 $22
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PAugust 21, 2016
    Worth the trip out to LIC. Get the Tonkotsu Ramen
  • Dmitry D.
    Dmitry DimentApril 4, 2016
    Incredible. Can't decide what was better, the food or the presentation.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanySeptember 18, 2015
    Get the spicy miso! But the bowls were slightly small for its price
  • Eunsil L.
    Eunsil LeeDecember 17, 2013
    The weekly specials are great - makes me want to come back every week, I'm gonna get fat
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanFebruary 24, 2016
    Come here for the tonkasu ramen, foie gras stuffed wings, and U&I.
  • Wendalicious
    WendaliciousDecember 31, 2014
    Call at 3pm to make same day reservations!
  • Bao N.
    Bao NFebruary 11, 2014
    awesome Spicy Ramen. Don't leave without trying the U&I.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorAugust 9, 2015
    The Tonkotsu Ramen here is out of this world!
  • Guillo ..
    Guillo ...March 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best.
  • Chi N.
    Chi NguyenFebruary 27, 2015
    no restaurant should respond to 1 star reviews the way mu does on yelp; broth too rich, unsettled tummy, headache and thirsty from too much salt; gyoza oily, meat inside juicy but not brined well.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinSeptember 11, 2015
    Yay made it in for lunch! Noodles and broth both of the highest quality!
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The oxtail broth in the Mu ramen is stellar.
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 29, 2016
    Best Ramen I've had in NYC.
  • Alper B.
    Alper BahçekapılıSeptember 20, 2016
    There are a lot better ramen places in New York at this price range. Decoration is good but didn't like the dish itself.
  • Kimmie N.
    Kimmie NguyenNovember 13, 2015
    Um...everything is yummy, but the miso is my favorite.
  • Dorothy
    DorothyNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved the short rib bun & spicy miso ramen!
  • D
    DMarch 25
    Tonkotsu with pork jowl 🍜 $16
  • Max P.
    Max PerryNovember 20, 2016
    I followed everyone's suggestion. Tonktosu 2.0 (w/ seasoned eggs)☺️
  • Karl S.
    Karl SchafferAugust 5, 2015
    amazing ramen and uni
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It's considered sacrilege if you don't finish drinking that broth.
  • Mumu D.
    Nice restaurant, very good ramen
  • Kimmie N.
    Kimmie NguyenOctober 25, 2015
    Always yummy. I can't help getting the same thing every time: miso ramen.
  • Ann S.
    Ann SuhDecember 14, 2015
    when they ask you what you want to drink, tell them apple juice. TRUST. 🙏🏼✨🍎✨🙏🏼
  • Michael G.
    Michael GarodSeptember 2, 2015
    Skip the Mu ramen, get the tonkotsu ramen
  • Es L.
    Es LeyMarch 14
    Dont order the chicken wing gyoza - opt for the clams instead!
  • Ezra P.
    Ezra PollardNovember 26, 2015
    Tonkotsu ramen is fantastic. Add an egg.
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MalagónJune 16, 2015
    Best ramen in NYC
  • Maria G.
    Maria GulyaevaJune 15, 2016
    It's too good!!!
  • Ray
    RayJune 7, 2016
    Get the Tonkotsu with the sous vide egg
  • Harry J.
    Very unique, flavorful Tonkotsu
  • Alex N.
    Alex NathansonFebruary 7
    The Tonkotsu 2.0 is a velvety bowl of perfection.
  • Jacky C.
    Jacky ChoyNovember 21, 2013
    Must have the pork belly bun.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaNovember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Now accepts credit card
  • Andy ⚓.
    Andy ⚓March 5, 2014
    NYT says: Spicy miso and tonkotsu ramens.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RapinApril 16, 2016
    I cannot find a better ramen place in the city.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinSeptember 10, 2015
    Really laid back at lunchtime! Filled up within an hour!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is "gyoza"
  • Will H.
    Will HouDecember 3, 2014
    Skip the appetizers, save your stomach for ramen and kaedama(extra noodles).
  • Brian C.
    Brian CantrellMarch 9, 2014
    Spicy miso and tonkotsu ramens.
  • Krystal Y.
    Krystal YuApril 12, 2015
    Add a sous vide egg to your ramen!!
  • J D.
    J DubsNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get one of everything
  • EM H.
    EM H.September 11, 2016
    Loved that I didn't have to ask for katamen.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BJune 3, 2015
    Tonkotsu 2.0!
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinAugust 16, 2015
    Really frustrating. Drove in from jersey after hearing their phone recording saying Sunday hours are noon to 8. Looks like they don't open until 5.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiNovember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There's no sign here, so look for the lantern hanging out front.
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaMay 16, 2015
    A bit over-crowded, a bit overrated, a bit over-priced. Limited healthy options. Not my cup of tea.
  • D
    DMarch 25
    Full food menu
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    spicy miso ramen $15
  • Stuart E.
    Stuart ElsonJuly 22, 2015
    Ramen, spicy and tonkatsu
  • Veronica D.
    Veronica De SouzaMarch 19, 2016
    Credit cards ARE accepted! Just not Amex
  • Donald B.
    Donald BAugust 13, 2015
    Best ramen in NYC!
  • Rudy V.
    Rudy ValentaDecember 23, 2015
    Tonkotsu 2.0 Ramen
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanFebruary 22, 2016
    Get the tonkatsu 2.0
  • Julia G.
    Julia GreenbergMarch 1, 2014
    Spicy miso!
  • M 🌸 H.
    M 🌸 HApril 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Shoyu ramen
  • Kain
    KainJanuary 8
    Overrated and overpriced ramen run by pompous egotistical owners.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HNovember 24, 2015
    Wish I could leave a good review however we were not given the chance to dine here b/c we were kicked out by the owner for coming in out of the cold/didn't want to lose our spot. Do NOT give them ur $
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportFebruary 22, 2015
    How in the world do you get a table here?
  • Makoto K.
    Makoto Kubo3 weeks ago
    とんこつラーメンがおススメ
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