A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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Spring St. to 16th St., Fifth Ave. to Hudson St.
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From the noodle pros at Menchanko-Tei comes a joint with a gimmick: The name stands for Original Noodle for You, and the kitchen lets you customize your own steaming cauldron of ramen to your exact specifications. Pick the broth (the murky, rich spicy miso, say) and the toppings, which might include herb-flecked salmon filet, kimchi, fried tofu skin, or raw egg. If it's too hot for soup, try the soba salad or the sushi, which turns out to be much fresher and tastier than you'd expect from the noodle-parlor premises. And there's probably nothing that isn't improved by a jolt of the yuzu chili sauce.Lunch Specials
Daily, $10-$12Recommended Dishes
Soba salad, $12