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131 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017 40.7533 -73.974414
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-986-6805 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

There’s a sturdy customer base of Japanese businesspeople at Menchanko-Tei, where four beach-ball-sized round paper lanterns hover over the dining room, large color photos of Japanese street scenes decorate the walls, and the cooks are out of sight. You'll see bottles of sake shelved behind the counter—many have stickers with a patron's name written on them, following the Japanese tradition of personal bottles. The menu’s emphasis is on ramen noodles, particularly as the base of the signature Menchanko soup. Ramen also appears in some seasonal specials offered from May through September, such as a heaping bowl of cold sesame noodles topped with cucumber and morsels of chicken. A peanut dressing heightens the faintly nutty flavor of the ramen and boosts the umami (savoriness) factor. If your appetite isn’t big enough for the noodle dishes, you could turn to the smaller serving of oden. In this simple soup, either you or the chef choose a few ingredients to add to a warm, kelp-based broth. The add-ins mostly involve tofu, fish, or vegetables. There's also yuba, a cylindrical roll of soy milk skin with a belly-band of seaweed. This may look delicate but its resilient texture will put your incisors to work. The oden has a subtle—some might say bland—flavor, so drop in a few dabs of mustard to give it some heat.

Recommended Dishes

Menchanko, $9.50; cold sesame noodles, $10; rice balls, $2