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    Menchanko-Tei

    131 E. 45th St., nr. Lexington Ave. (Midtown East)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-247-1585 | www.menchankotei.com

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    • CUISINE

      Noodle House
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Thurs.: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri.: 11:30am-12:30am; Sat.-Sun.: 11:30am-12:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner; late night
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1988
    • PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)

      USD 3.75-7; USD 5-14
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Ramen; any of the Menchanko noodle dishes; rice balls; oden
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Beer; wine; sake; soju; soft drinks
    • # OF SEATS

      42
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No - only a semi-private room that can fit up to eight guests
    • METRO

      57th St. (F); 57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
    Cindy Lee

    VIBE

    Menchanko-Tei, which means “house of mixed noodles” in Japanese, is the place to go in Midtown for a quick ramen fix. The noodle-focused cuisine, which remains inexpensive despite being decidedly authentic and hearty, is doled out in generous portions to Japanese business suits and other Midtown types. Solo diners and couples pack in at its bar to sip the bubbling broth of specialties like their Menchanko soup and Hakata ramen, while the rest pack in at the Formica tables-for-two (or four) that hug the walls.

    CROWD

    A mainly Japanese business clientele, along with couples, solo lunchers, and ramen lovers.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Though the restaurant is populated by suited office workers, we’d keep it casual with a simple top, fun flats, and pants that will allow for stuffed stomachs (some dishes here border on bucket-sized portions).

    GO HERE WITH

    A friend or two; clients or colleagues; significant other; a super casual date

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It's inexpensive and simple, with cheery service and surrounds, making it one of the better places in Midtown to go to for a laidback lunch-on-the-run. Due to the bar set-up, this is a great spot for solo dining and an easy detour on a Fifth Avenue shopping break.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    When it gets crowded, service can be rushed and pushy.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Though the house mainly specializes in noodle soups, its long menu also lists some notable small plates and traditional Japanese dishes that are worth trying (don’t miss the owen!). Takeout is available. The company also operates Katsu-Hama and Sushi-Tei in Midtown; Katsu-Hama can be found right upstairs from this Menchanko-Tei location.

    OTHER LOCATIONS

    Midtown East (New York)

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Daikokuya (Los Angeles); Rai Rai Ken (New York), Setagaya (New York); Ippudo NY (New York)


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