Rai Rai Ken

Rai Rai Ken

Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant
218 E 10th St. (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Open until 1:45 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–11:45 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–1:45 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No

Experience authentic, Japanese ramen at Rai Rai Ken. It's the next best thing to a visit to Japan.

7.8/10

Based on 366 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Drew S.
    "Shoyu Ramen + Sapporo = great solo dining experience"(16 Tips)
    Jennifer K.
    "Seated right away, awesome pork buns, miso ramen and shoya?"(20 Tips)
    Rasmus M.
    "Stop reading this and just get the pork buns!"(14 Tips)
    Lucius K.
    "Get the Shio Ramen with corn topping."(7 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • pork buns
  • happy hour
  • gyoza
  • lunch specials
  • tofu
  • casual
  • wontons
  • spicy food
  • Sapporo beer
  • delivery
  • good for a quick meal
  • fried rice
  • great value
  • desserts
  • cozy
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  • ZZubin

    Can't get into momofuku? Come on over. Ramen is decent and varieties aplenty. Gotta say, the mochi is doo tho

    ZZubin · 1 week ago
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  • Kevin R.

    Came here during off peak time and it was lovely, the ramen was good, maybe a tad salty. Chashu (Pork) was tender and good.

    Kevin Rickert · 2 weeks ago
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  • Yo K.

    New Combo for Lunch and Dinner are real stealer

    Yo Katsuse · 2 weeks ago
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  • Munchies

    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

    Munchies · May 11
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  • Rita K.

    Shoyu ramen (with or without wonton). set C with charshu on the side. Plus a glass of draft beer. You are in heaven.

    Rita Kwong · May 3
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  • Jonathan R.

    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! ^__^

    Jonathan Ramirez · April 26
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  • Yera H.

    Spectacular happy hour deals-- went in for a real late dinner and drank lots of cheap, cold Sapporo.

    Yera Ha · April 23
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  • Yera H.

    Cash only! This spot is homey, clean and makes a good bowl of ramen. Try the pork buns, too!

    Yera Ha · April 23
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  • Trent

    Got the miso ramen with the thicker noodle, was almost like an udon noodle. Wasn't very impressed but I would give it another shot.

    Trent · April 12
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  • Doug

    The Ramen is to die for

    Doug · April 12
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  • Robert F.

    Had the ramen, it was kind of average. Flavor didn't jump out at me 😐

    Robert Freeborn · March 21
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  • Tamika G.

    Amazing pork buns! The Mibo Ramen was to die for

    Tamika Glisson · March 9
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  • Puu K.

    Small and cozy ramen house.

    Puu Kampolratana · February 21
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  • Jimmy K.

    4-6pm is the real happy hours that will make you super happy :) Don't miss out!!!

    Jimmy Kwok · January 31
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  • Ryan C.

    Very good soup. Get the happy-hour gyoza. So good and cheap.

    Ryan C · January 26
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  • Ryan C.

    Very good soup. Get the happy hour gyoza. So good and cheap.

    Ryan C · January 25
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  • Tyler B.

    Used to be better when it was a hole in the wall with six seats. Still decent.

    Tyler Brock · January 25
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  • Jeffrey S.

    Shoyu ramen

    Jeffrey Shyu · January 24
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  • Pablo V.

    Ramen, ramen, ramen... Delicioso!. El servicio no es tan bueno como su comida.

    Pablo Vanegas · January 22
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  • dawn.in.newyork

    More like Chinese noodle soup than authentic Japanese ramen. Not a favoured ramen place.

    dawn.in.newyork · January 17
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  • Rebecca R.

    The miso ramen is amazing! Also try the fried rice.

    Rebecca Rahmanian · December 7, 2014
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  • ℰℓℯⓝa

    Delicious and cheap ramen! I love the Miso flavored Ramen -deeply flavorful, though the Shoya Ramen with Pork is good too. The Almond Tofu dessert is delicious.

    ℰℓℯⓝa · November 24, 2014
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  • Peter T.

    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.

    Peter To · November 22, 2014
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  • Elyssa A.

    The mabo ramen has just the right amount of spiciness.

    Elyssa Albert · November 17, 2014
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  • Elyssa A.

    Soup broth is made by simmering organic chicken bone for 12 hours.

    Elyssa Albert · November 17, 2014
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  • Caitlin C.

    Miso ramen with extra corn is the way to go!

    Caitlin Clements · November 16, 2014
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  • Laura N.

    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.

    Laura Noonan · November 5, 2014
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  • Jon A.

    Solid shoyu ramen when Momo is too busy. Fried rice is awesome.

    Jon Avedon · October 25, 2014
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  • Rasmus M.

    Stop reading this and just get the pork buns!

    Rasmus Moseholm · October 9, 2014
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  • S_J L.

    I miss this place much!!! Greart curry ramen & shoyu ramen

    S_J L · September 30, 2014
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  • Alessandro d.

    Ask for your extra pork. You're welcome.

    Alessandro de Guzman · September 27, 2014
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  • emma t.

    sit at the bar and order miso ramen with a diet coke while you watch the chefs make your soup! mm.

    emma tangoren · September 14, 2014
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  • Jennifer K.

    Pork buns, miso ramen, shoya ramen

    Jennifer Kramer · August 31, 2014
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  • Jennifer K.

    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

    Jennifer Kramer · August 31, 2014
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  • Amanda J.

    Pork buns and cheap ramen - too good

    Amanda Jabes · August 28, 2014
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  • Nathan Y.

    Mediocre ramen

    Nathan Yuen · August 19, 2014
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  • Michael M.

    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.

    Michael Muse · August 16, 2014
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  • Nicole A.

    Totally legit ramen, great prices, and open way late. Can't go wrong.

    Nicole Aptekar · August 7, 2014
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  • Kris C.

    Shoyu ramen is flavorful and the pork belly was tasty. Not the best but a really solid bowl of ramen.

    Kris Concepcion · July 24, 2014
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  • Daniel M.

    Cash only btw.

    Daniel McDonough · June 15, 2014
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  • Daniel M.

    The shoyu ramen is a staple. Can't go wrong.

    Daniel McDonough · June 15, 2014
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  • Kevin T.

    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!

    Kevin Tak · May 4, 2014
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  • Sunny C.

    Mapo Tofu Ramen.

    Sunny Chen · April 28, 2014
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  • Robby A.

    Ask about the secret menu!

    Robby Abaya · March 19, 2014
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  • Julius T.

    Nop no

    Julius Tarng · March 14, 2014
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  • Chia Lynn K.

    The wonton in the wonton ramen are literally SKIN ONLY. No filling.

    Chia Lynn Kwa · March 9, 2014
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  • Valerie S.

    Happy Hours at 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. » closing bring half-priced pork buns, gyoza.

    Valerie Seckler · February 18, 2014
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  • Sparkie

    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.

    Sparkie · January 20, 2014
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  • Jonathan H.

    No more late lunch special....

    Jonathan H · December 16, 2013
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  • Marina B.

    Not worth the wait at all, shoyu ramen was bland and Mabo was too thick, too much cornstarch.

    Marina B. · December 14, 2013
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