N, R at 8th St.-NYU
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When this ramen joint changed over from the French bistro that previously occupied the space, the owner changed nary a detail, down to the signs reading “Toilettes” on the door of the bathroom. This might not be the very best bowl of noodles in the Japanese-restaurant-saturated East Village, but the elegant surroundings—exposed brick, European-looking photographs on the walls—give your dining experience an upscale quirkiness. And unlike Minca, smack next door, there’s never a wait. While appetizers like a disappointingly dry pork bun and ersatz “Chinese-style” kimchee largely disappoint, the main attraction – steaming bowls of noodles in a delightfully rich chicken stock – will curb your Asian-soup cravings. Really, this is what a ramen shop is meant to be: somewhere you can drop into without a wait, have you bowl of soup, and carry on.Recommended Dishes
Shio ramen, $10.5