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131 E. 45th St., nr. Lexington Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-247-1585 | www.menchankotei.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri.: 11:30am-12:30am; Sat.-Sun.: 11:30am-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner; late night
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 3.75-7; USD 5-14
FAMOUS PLATESRamen; any of the Menchanko noodle dishes; rice balls; oden
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soju; soft drinks
# OF SEATS42
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No - only a semi-private room that can fit up to eight guests
METRO57th St. (F); 57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
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.
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.
Midtown East (New York)
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