Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > Mr. Taka Ramen

Mr. Taka Ramen

170 Allen St., New York, NY 10002 40.721241 -73.988973
Stanton St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-254-1508 Send to Phone

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

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating: Write a Review
Photo by Melissa Hom

Share this listing

Official Website

mrtakaramen.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, noon-4pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Fri, noon-4pm, 5:30-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Prices

$13-$16

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

The city is flush with excellent ramen, but the ramen expert behind this restaurant has a pedigree that makes him an immediate contender: He comes to New York from Tokyo’s Bigiya, which earned a spot in the inaugural washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) section of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list for the city in 2014, and his restaurant has some compelling soups on the menu that bring something different to the city’s scene. The focus here is on shoyu (soy) ramen, with four different varieties available: There’s a straightforward option, and one seasoned with white shoyu, a thinner soy sauce made with more wheat than the regular kind; another variety is flavored with ginger, a style Nakara developed for this restaurant; and a fourth gets seasoned with white soy sauce and yuzu, a Bigiya signature, which perfumes the light broth with a refreshingly citrusy fragrance. There’s also the requisite tonkotsu, a spicy miso broth, and a vegetarian variety given body and depth by soy milk. The noodles, meanwhile, are, of course, custom-made by Sun Noodle. There are a handful of appetizers to snack on before you get your noodles, including spicy pickled cucumbers, sweet-potato tempura, and Japanese-style chicken wings. Those not in a slurping mood can opt for one of a few rice bowls, variously topped with broiled pork, chicken, spicy cod roe, and grilled eel. The small space is all blond wood and muted colors, with an open kitchen surrounded by a bar, a few low-hanging tables, and counter seating by the wide windows. Booze is limited to four reasonably priced glasses of sake, along with one beer (Okinawa’s Orion), a highball called chu-hi, and a plum wine.

Recommended Dishes

Yuzu shoyu ramen, $14.50; spicy vegetarian ramen, $16; umakara cucumber, $6

Advertising
Advertising