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248 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022 40.756127 -73.968193
nr. Second Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-813-1800 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$

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    6 out of 10


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Mon-Wed, 11:30am-11pm; Thu, 11:30am-1am; Fri, 11:30am-4am; Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, 4pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Not Accepted


At this second-floor hideaway of a ramen joint it’s refreshing to find that a party can walk in unannounced and quickly secure a table or a spot at the wooden counter. While the ecstasy of each bowl may not quite equal that at the always-mobbed Ippudo, downtown, it’s still darn good, and after all, a ramen-ya is not meant to be somewhere to wait two hours. The standout here is the soup made with black-garlic oil, an unusual (and incredibly salty) pool of rich, dark, garlicky broth surrounding straight noodles, which cries out for a large mug of beer. Standard tonkatsu ramen is also salty enough to require about a gallon of water, but it’s a perfectly delicious bowl when the craving strikes. A starter of cold spicy octopus whets the palate nicely and dumplings are a delicately fried precursor or side to the soup, though sesame beans have a too-thick tahini-like sauce. In all, a meal here is affordable, quick, and casual, just like a ramen-ya is meant to be.