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Minca Ramen Factory

536 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10009 40.724459 -73.983537
nr. Ave. A  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-505-8001 Send to Phone

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

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Daily, noon-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Not Accepted


Like typical eight-person ramenyas in Japan, Minca is cramped, not air-conditioned, and has exposed brick walls and just a few tables. The best place to sit is at the long wooden bar facing the kitchen, so you can watch the chef cook. Ramen is Japan's most popular street food, so it's no surprise that lots of teenage Japanese expats frequent the place, along with suit-and-ties pausing for a quick after-work meal. Aside from a few Japanese beers, appetizers, and one rice dish, there's nothing but ramen on the menu—so it's a good thing it's done well. First, you choose from five types of broth; the best option is shoyu, chicken and soy sauce, which has a thick, meaty texture; the noodles are springy wheat chukasoba noodles. The best dishes combine chunks of pork or seafood with the noodles: Charshu ramen has two types of mushrooms and melting, buttery, thin slices of pork cooked in oil and garlic in front of you; seafood ramen contains generous pieces of shrimp, baby conch, squid, and bay scallops, which give the broth a tantalizingly briny taste. All ramen bowls are topped with scallions, black mushrooms, a sheet of nori seaweed, and tamago, half a hard-boiled egg cooked in soy sauce.

Recommended Dishes

Shrimp gyoza, $6.50; charshu ramen, $18