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Menkui Tei

63 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003 40.72856 -73.990568
nr. 7th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-4152 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
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Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-11:45pm; Fri-Sat, noon-1:45am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU

Prices

$6.75-$9.75

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Houston St. to 14th St., First Ave. to Broadway

Profile

Slurping is acceptable even encouraged at this big, bare-bones ramen joint. You’ll see fellow diners, most of them Japanese or students from NYU or Cooper Union, forgoing conversation for heavy mouth-to-noodle action. But while ramen dominates the menu, it’s actually the least appealing dish here. Noodle broths are oily and flavorless, and accompanying meats are fatty and stringy. Instead, make a meal of delicious appetizers, like crunchy edamame, translucent shumai filled with plump shrimp, or cold eggplant and asparagus in a delicate sesame sauce. You won’t want to linger, anyway; with lighting like an operating theater and décor limited to Japanese beer posters, the room doesn’t exactly exude warmth. Servers, on the other hand, are generous with smiles and patient with newbies who don’t know their chan pon (noodle soup with vegetables and seafood) from their jar-jar men (cold noodles with ground pork). Note: While Menkui Tei’s financial-district outpost was a casualty of 9/11, the original branch is still thriving in Midtown.

Recommended Dishes

Shumai, $5.50; horenso garlic, $7; edamame, $3.50

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