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Following the lead of an earlier branch on St. Marks Place (and representing a Japanese-based franchise), Udon West specializes in plebian udon noodles-fat white farinaceous worms that slide down your throat with commendable ease. The basic bowl features noodles, a dishwater broth, and a choice of add-ins that runs from fried chicken, to shrimp tempura, to fried fish cake, to "mountain vegetable," whatever the hell that is. In addition, there are curries, teriyaki, and assorted don-buri, but the best deals on the menu are the meal combinations, which include a bowl of udon with another vernacular Japanese luncheon dish, with pickles thrown in. The katsudon-a pork cutlet with egg and onions over rice-is as good here as almost anywhere else in Midtown.
We've always depended on noodles for a cheap, fast meal, and with the economy on the skids, we've never needed them as much as we need them now. Luckily, there are more types to choose from in New York than ever before. The recent flood of... More »
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