Rai Rai Ken
New York, NY 10009
Village Voice's Description
Rai Rai Ken is one of the cornerstones of the East Village's Little Tokyo, and if you remember the old premises, the newest incarnation will astonish you. While the old place had only a few seats along a sagging counter, the new one boasts several seating areas, including a nook in the rear that's perfect secluded dining. A few stylish menu items have been added, too, including bao-based sandwiches probably inspired by the success of David Chang's ssam. But Rai Rai Ken's forte remains unfussy ramen. In fact, the place is named after the Sapporo restaurant where Chinese lo mein (corrupted as "ramen") was first introduced to Japan. The only broths available are soy and seafood, but these are carefully concocted from a wild range of ingredients: One day, a turkey carcass was seen protruding from the stock pot, as apples bobbed around it. The noodles go down best with Japanese beer, but a sake list is also available.
Tips from foursquare
14 seat noodle bar in the East Village, dirt cheap and so delicious. -Yigit Pura, Top Chef Just Desserts
i've tried many ramen-yas, yet remain loyal to rai rai ken. yes, i've even filled up my ramen punch card and redeemed it for a free bowl. it was that day that i became mayor.
Best Ramen in the city, not to mention possibly the best fried rice i've ever had. Best in the middle of the afternoon when there's nobody else around!
Have a late lunch here from 2-5pm - $11 includes Ramen and one appetizer. Try the ramen with tofu and ground pork.
In the summertime, try the hiyashi chuka. Great summer noodle. Mabo tofu if youure in the mood for spicy.
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5. Hiyashi Chuka at Rai Rai Ken -- This mix-it-yourself assemblage of cold ramen and other cooling ingredients is a summer godsend, with a... More on Rai Rai Ken »
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