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Zundo-ya

84 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003 40.730983 -73.989951
nr. Fourth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
917-639-3549 Send to Phone

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

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Official Website

zundo-ya.com

Hours

Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU; L at Third Ave.

Prices

$7.50-$18

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This East Village spot – which has large communal tables, white brick walls, and a staff yelling greetings and sendoffs – is the first U.S. location of a 20-restaurant chain from Himeji, Japan. The focus here is on “real tonkotsu ramen,” meaning vegetarians and fickle dieters best stay away, as the broth is rich, heavy, and very pork-forward. Diners can customize their bowls according to noodle style (“thin straight’ or “thick wavy”) and the amount of “pork back fat” they’d like in their broth. “Regular” is sufficiently viscous and lip-smackingly salty; “rich” begins to approach gravy territory. Noodles are springy and chewy, ajitama eggs have orange, gooey centers, and the chashu pork is more meaty than fatty. The heat levels on the spicy options are totally manageable, and each bowl can be perked up by the little tray of pickles and sesame seeds that the server provides. Light, virtuous bowls of noodles these are not, but for those who are serious about their tonkotsu ramen, this is a must-try import.

Recommended Dishes

Karaage, $5.50; ajitama hot ramen, $17; zenbunose ramen, $18

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