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Rai Rai Ken

218 E. 10th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
212-477-7030

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9
Food: 9
Service: 9
Décor: 9
"Highly Recommended"

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Absolute Favorite

By jbarch on 3/1/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Just a great neighborhood noodle shop that makes you feel like you just stepped in off the street in Osaka, or anyplace in Japan. Maybe I am sentimental for the time I spent in Japan but beyond that, this place makes me happy...very happy.

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98 out of 203 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING

By hqearth on 2/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been coming to Rai Rai Ken since I was born. I don't know why all of those people are complaining about it. It's not like a professional place, but I go to Japan every summer to visit family. This is authentic. I suggest the fried rice or the shio ramen.

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97 out of 198 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Spot for a Quick Bowl of Soup

By tothemaxx on 2/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Having been to Momofuku several times I very much believe that Rai Rai Ken offers a superior bowl of ramen. I prefer their noodles and broth much more to Momofuku albeit the remaining ingredients tend to be a little less exotic (the pork belly at Momofuku isn't too shabby). If you want no nonsense Ramen, this is the spot.

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173 out of 358 people found this review helpful.

Great traditional ramen shop; ignore NYiris' review

By yourbull1 on 1/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is a retort to NYiris' review: Criticizing a Japanese ramen stand for having "only 3 soups to choose from" is like criticizing a Falafel stand for not selling hamburgers. Traditional Japanese ramen stands usually have exactly 3 ramens to choose from: shio ramen (salt), shoyu ramen (soy sauce), and miso ramen. Rai Rai Ken serves exactly these types of ramen, along with the usual side dishes found in traditional ramen stands in Japan. Uninformed reviews like this cause people (like me) to give them a "10" rating just to balance out the ridiculous grade that this reviewer gave. Look at reviews for Rai Rai Ken at any other site, and you'll see people reviewing it as one of the top 3 ramen shops in the city (an evaluation I would mostly agree with). I've haven't found any ramen shops in NYC that would rival the ones in Japan, but as far as state-side ramen goes, Rai Rai Ken is great (and it's fantastically cheap!). If I were to give it an actual rating, I'd give it an 8, but I had to bump that to 10 to balance the scales.

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171 out of 330 people found this review helpful.

best noodles ever

By quincy on 5/7/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is one of my favorite places & they have the best noodles in the city (way better than Momofuko). I love all of their soup noodle dishes. The pork is tender & flavorful. In the summertime, they have special cold noodle dishes that are just as delicious. I could eat here everyday. I love it.

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373 out of 761 people found this review helpful.

Great for Quick, Solo Lunch

By s13510 on 11/10/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

In Manhattan, it's often difficult to find a nice restaurant for a good sit-down lunch for one person. Rai Rai Ken was recently featured in a NY Times article on Ramen (see http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/10/dining/10RAMEN.html). The place is tiny, with decor nothing to write home about, and the service is adequate. However, Ramen is excellent, though gyoza was overcooked and limp. The value is unbeatable, however, and I'll definitely go back as often as I can for a quick and satisfying lunch.

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363 out of 719 people found this review helpful.

Rah Rah, Ken!

By hey_hon on 4/14/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

A sliver of a place, it's perfect for ducking in and grabbing a quick bit before a night out. A starter of Kimchi was crispy but could have used more "bite", the Shiso Ramen was actually rather bland but a liberal dousing of soy sauce and hot chili oil gave it a much needed pick-me up. Quick, cheap and cute - it's usually packed but the turnover is high!

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