Rai Rai Ken

Rai Rai Ken

Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Drew S.
    "Shoyu Ramen + Sapporo = great solo dining experience"(19 Tips)
    Jennifer K.
    "Seated right away, awesome pork buns, miso ramen and shoya?"(19 Tips)
    Caitlin C.
    "Miso ramen with extra corn is the way to go!"(19 Tips)
    Lucius K.
    "Get the Shio Ramen with corn topping."(7 Tips)
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  • Tommy C.
    Tommy Chen2 weeks ago
    No frills miso, shoyu and curry ramen, but simple and delicious. Their tsukemen is a good alternative on warmer days and their cold ramen is a most try when they make it available in the summer.
  • Jillian
    JillianJanuary 31
    Not too bad for seamless ramen on the go! Very tasty pork chunks and perfectly soft boiled egg
  • Al L.
    Al LoNovember 22, 2016
    Dinner combo for $19.75 during certain evening hours. Any ramen/yakisoba/rice with appetizer, drink and mochi dessert. What a deal!
  • David R.
    David RNovember 8, 2016
    The ramen wasn't that great and I found a long grey hair in my fried chicken. :-(
  • Harry J.
    Harry JacobsOctober 9, 2016
    Good enough for a cheap ramen. I wasn't a huge fan, but they had a nice lunch special
  • Drew S.
    Drew S.September 21, 2016
    Make sure to order the pork buns to start followed by any selection of ramen as they are all delicious.
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoSeptember 21, 2016
    Pork buns, Kara age chicken, mapo dofu ramen -- all great! It's very small though so better for a smaller group/you may have to wait
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 15, 2016
    Priced at only $8 and up — cheap by ramen standards — selections skew doctrinaire, with broths based on soy, miso, and curry, and no Tokyo-style salt ramen or fancy-pants pork bone tonkotsu. Read more
  • Jo P.
    Jo PoJuly 31, 2016
    Tsuke-men is so good
  • Pontus A.
    Pontus AlexanderMay 3, 2016
    Top class noodles with lots of flavor. Would come again!
  • Molly D.
    Molly DonohueApril 5, 2016
    Excellent $17 dinner special includes soup, pork bun, beer, and mochi
  • Maca M.
    Maca MakaApril 5, 2016
    Ramen with pork and dumplings
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 21, 2016
    $17 dinner special for any bowl of ramen, a side, a drink + mochi ice cream.
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best seamless delivery ramen in the area
  • Jillian
    JillianMarch 12, 2016
    Shoyu ramen and crispy gyoza was a yummy combo
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithFebruary 27, 2016
    I come here for their delicious mabo ramen as an alternate to chashu, since their pork broth doesn't compare to Zundo-Ya or Ippudo.
  • Kyo S.
    Kyo SongFebruary 24, 2016
    Had the shoyu ramen. Very good broth, a bit small but filling enough
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherFebruary 6, 2016
    OG ramen spot in NYC
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 17, 2016
    Authentic ramen in the East Village.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Not the best classic ramen in EV but I do like the mapo tofu ramen here.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinDecember 28, 2015
    Good ramen. Try the sake in a can.
  • Louis W.
    Louis WayneDecember 27, 2015
    Shoyu ramen
  • Louis W.
    Louis WayneDecember 27, 2015
    #menu menu
  • Annabelle M.
    Annabelle MooreNovember 19, 2015
    Standing order-- miso with half noodles and an egg! Ramen, gyoza, kimchi, fried rice... all delicious!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornNovember 15, 2015
    Ramen was OK, broth was not very flavorful and meat wqs not super soft. There r def better
  • Gavin
    GavinNovember 7, 2015
    Get the dinner special and the pork bun!
  • Akio T.
    Akio TsuchiyaSeptember 25, 2015
    They only take cash
  • Daouna J.
    Daouna JeongAugust 24, 2015
    Clash only. The pork buns are really good.
  • Leah M.
    Leah MaloneAugust 8, 2015
    Dinner special includes kimchi, an app, ramen bowl, sake or Sapporo and moshi for $17, tasty and a great deal!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 25, 2015
    Can't get into momofuku? Come on over. Ramen is decent and varieties aplenty. Gotta say, the mochi is doo tho
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RickertJuly 18, 2015
    Came here during off peak time and it was lovely, the ramen was good, maybe a tad salty. Chashu (Pork) was tender and good.
  • Yo K.
    Yo KatsuseJuly 17, 2015
    New Combo for Lunch and Dinner are real stealer
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    The ramen—made from a tasty shio broth and topped with pork chashu, bamboo shoots, and a slice of fish cake—was nothing remarkable, but it was good, filling, and cheap. Read more
  • Rita K.
    Rita KwongMay 3, 2015
    Shoyu ramen (with or without wonton). set C with charshu on the side. Plus a glass of draft beer. You are in heaven.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RamirezApril 26, 2015
    Very good place to eat and enjoy the day. Plus the delicious food!! The atmosphere is very comforting. I've been coming here many times! ^__^
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaApril 23, 2015
    Spectacular happy hour deals-- went in for a real late dinner and drank lots of cheap, cold Sapporo.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaApril 23, 2015
    Cash only! This spot is homey, clean and makes a good bowl of ramen. Try the pork buns, too!
  • Doug
    DougApril 12, 2015
    The Ramen is to die for
  • Robert F.
    Robert FreebornMarch 21, 2015
    Had the ramen, it was kind of average. Flavor didn't jump out at me 😐
  • Tamika G.
    Tamika GlissonMarch 9, 2015
    Amazing pork buns! The Mibo Ramen was to die for
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    Small and cozy ramen house.
  • jkhknyc
    jkhknycJanuary 31, 2015
    4-6pm is the real happy hours that will make you super happy :) Don't miss out!!!
  • RC
    RCJanuary 26, 2015
    Very good soup. Get the happy-hour gyoza. So good and cheap.
  • RC
    RCJanuary 25, 2015
    Very good soup. Get the happy hour gyoza. So good and cheap.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockJanuary 25, 2015
    Used to be better when it was a hole in the wall with six seats. Still decent.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff ShyuJanuary 24, 2015
    Shoyu ramen
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 17, 2015
    More like Chinese noodle soup than authentic Japanese ramen. Not a favoured ramen place.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RahmanianDecember 7, 2014
    The miso ramen is amazing! Also try the fried rice.
  • Peter T.
    Peter ToNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here a bit early and put your name on the door behind the curtain because it can get busy on weekends and Friday nights.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsNovember 16, 2014
    Miso ramen with extra corn is the way to go!
  • Laura N.
    Laura NoonanNovember 5, 2014
    The pork buns are the bomb, the ramen is hearty, maybe not the best in NYC but it hits the spot on a cold day.
  • J
    JOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Solid shoyu ramen when Momo is too busy. Fried rice is awesome.
  • Rasmus M.
    Rasmus MoseholmOctober 9, 2014
    Stop reading this and just get the pork buns!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LSeptember 30, 2014
    I miss this place much!!! Greart curry ramen & shoyu ramen
  • Alessandro d.
    Alessandro de GuzmanSeptember 27, 2014
    Ask for your extra pork. You're welcome.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenSeptember 14, 2014
    sit at the bar and order miso ramen with a diet coke while you watch the chefs make your soup! mm.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KramerAugust 31, 2014
    Pork buns, miso ramen, shoya ramen
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KramerAugust 31, 2014
    Didn't want to wait for 1+ hour for Ippudo and momufuku so went here and it was great. Seated right away, awesome pork buns, miso ramen and shoya? Ramen. Delicious, will def go back
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JabesAugust 28, 2014
    Pork buns and cheap ramen - too good
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenAugust 19, 2014
    Mediocre ramen
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    The Shio Ramen is my go-to here, with butter. Ask them to add butter. Trust me. Just tell your judgey friends that its a Japanese thing, and they have no culture, you cant take them anywhere.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarAugust 7, 2014
    Totally legit ramen, great prices, and open way late. Can't go wrong.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionJuly 24, 2014
    Shoyu ramen is flavorful and the pork belly was tasty. Not the best but a really solid bowl of ramen.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJune 15, 2014
    Cash only btw.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJune 15, 2014
    The shoyu ramen is a staple. Can't go wrong.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TakMay 4, 2014
    Very much classic style of shoyu ramen and fried rice "Tyahan" are the best selection. They are likely Syouwa era, the year of 1925-1989, so it is classic!! Take an annin-tofu for dessert. Enjoy!
  • Sunny 🌞
    Sunny 🌞April 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mapo Tofu Ramen.
  • Robby A.
    Robby AbayaMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask about the secret menu!
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngMarch 14, 2014
    Nop no
  • Chia Lynn K.
    Chia Lynn KwaMarch 9, 2014
    The wonton in the wonton ramen are literally SKIN ONLY. No filling.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerFebruary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hours at 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. » closing bring half-priced pork buns, gyoza.
  • Armando
    ArmandoJanuary 20, 2014
    What to Order: Shoyu Wonton ramen-noodle soup, with shrimp-and-pork wontons, bamboo shoots, a boiled egg, spinach, fish cake, dry seaweed, and scallion in a soy-sauce-based pork-and-chicken broth.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No more late lunch special....
  • Marina B.
    Marina B.December 14, 2013
    Not worth the wait at all, shoyu ramen was bland and Mabo was too thick, too much cornstarch.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FriedmanNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ramen in manhattan. The end. Pork buns are sex in my mouth
  • Dee C.
    Dee ChaNovember 3, 2013
    Cash only...there's an ATM a few storefronts down
  • Chelsea V.
    Chelsea VanceNovember 3, 2013
    The bathroom is magical.
  • Diana C.
    Diana COctober 30, 2013
    Ramen is just ok. The anin tofu dessert, however is amazing and the best thing there.
  • D
    DOctober 28, 2013
    Poor service and watery soup.
  • Jess
    JessOctober 18, 2013
    They have one of those naughty TOTO toilets in the bathroom. You know the kind.
  • AJ S.
    AJ SOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Kim-Chee!
  • Robert I.
    Robert IngaOctober 3, 2013
    Good authentic Japanese ramen.
  • Abhinav S.
    Abhinav SharmaSeptember 30, 2013
    Try the Miso Ramen, they do it in a chicken broth that's arguably better than Toto.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JacobsonSeptember 13, 2013
    The Mabo is insanely good. Kind of spicy hamburger flavored. Also, cash only. ALSO, I live next store, come say hello.
  • Vladimir D.
    Vladimir DeminSeptember 12, 2013
    After 10pm pork buns are only $4. And they are amazing. Shoyu Raamen is amazing too.
  • Fabio
    FabioAugust 22, 2013
    Good and simple Ramen.
  • Effie P.
    Effie PaulinoAugust 2, 2013
    make it to their happy hour, pork buns are $4 bucks (dine in only) and they are awesome.
  • dipti p.
    dipti p.July 13, 2013
    wasn't a fan of the vegetarian miso ramen but friendly staff.
  • Meetch
    MeetchJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to pick up a stamp card. Free ramen after ten stamps.
  • rod
    rodJuly 11, 2013
    Crazy Happy hour deals 4-7pm or 10-12am
  • Sasha M.
    Sasha MuJune 26, 2013
    Prices grew to 10-11$ for a portion of ramen, but it's still huge and delicious. Lunch special includes ramen of choice and an appetizer, so it's a good deal for someone extremely hungry.
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChaoJune 21, 2013
    Mabo ramen was spicy and delicious. Yummy and affordable, what more can you ask for
  • Mike G.
    Mike GambinoJune 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious ramen/ For eight years. Not one bad bowl./ I love rai rai ken.
  • thm
    thmJune 8, 2013
    Cash only!!! That annoys me. Service was mediocre and food used to be way better at the old location. Sad face.
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonJune 7, 2013
    Heated seats and a bidet make for a great restroom experience. 4/5 stars
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    With 30 seats, Rai Rai Ken is a good approximation of the small, humble ramen-ya found throughout Japan. Read more
  • Edward F.
    Edward FabilaMay 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The negi rice is NOT to be missed!
  • Caroline Kay Hwa T.
    Amazing char siew!!!! Great add-on value with the ramen for the lunch special. Ramen was also delightful - I had the shio wanton ramen and the wanton skin was perfectly silky just like back in Asia.
  • stopdropandroll
    stopdropandrollApril 27, 2013
    Their attempt to be a real ramen house is mediocre at best. Amateur service and very run of the mill noodles leads me to only go here out of convenience. They also try to demand cash and a min tip!
  • Louie T.
    Louie TsangApril 20, 2013
    Dont get the lobster ramen... No lobster just the broth tastes that way and u get half the serving of noodles compared to the other dishes. And it's more expensive... Also spic sauce isn't spicy...
  • Pablo V.
    Pablo VanegasJanuary 22, 2015
    Ramen, ramen, ramen... Delicioso!. El servicio no es tan bueno como su comida.
  • Diego Dier
    Diego DierOctober 19, 2013
    10$ Por los fideos puede ser normal en un Japones, pero en happy hour la cerveza y y giozas por ejemplo estan a 3$ y muy bueno todo!
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