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Raku

342 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003 40.726481 -73.988853
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-1324 Send to Phone

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

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Official Website

rakunyc.com

Hours

Sun and Tue-Thu, noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

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

Prices

$11-$22

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Take-Out
  • Design Standout
  • Online Ordering
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

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The details count at Raku, where the setting is minimalist with bright, white-painted brick walls and smooth wood tables. Sharing the moist, lightly fried chicken tatsuta-age is a good way to start before your generous bowl of udon arrives. The most popular dish is the niku udon, with beef short rib and honeycomb tripe in a rich, complex broth. But the ebiten udon, served in a clear and simple (but still flavorful) broth with shrimp and eggplant tempura is equally delightful. The noodles, handmade in Japan, are thick and chewy. In summer, cold udon is especially refreshing (although it’s also served year-round). Roughly hewn ceramic plates and bowls, and wide, flat wooden spoons, make bowls of noodle soup feel more special than they might at other establishments despite similar price tags. The small space and typically long wait times could make it difficult to dine with a larger group, but it’s a good option for a date or dinner with a friend. One caveat is that because all the udon broths contain fish, there’s not much here for vegetarians to eat. Speaking of the details: Each meal ends with complimentary frozen grapes (one for each diner) served with your bill.

Recommended Dishes

Chicken tatsuta-age, $7; ebiten udon, $14; niku udon, $17; lime udon, $13 

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