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Batten Ramen

8 Mar

Batten Ramen

Rating: ★★★★☆
12024 Center Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
(201) 461-5465
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm
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Nothing spectacular, decent ramen and good katsu curry

Batten Ramen is an authentic Japanese ramen house that has been around for while. It is located in the Oaktree Center and has the small and cozy feeling you would come to expect from a ramen house in Japan. There’s a shelf of mangas (Japanese graphic novels) and Japanese magazines for you to read while you wait or eat. Both the chef and waiting staff are very attentive and you are always greeted when you enter and leave the restaurant.

The food was not the best I’ve ever had, but it’s decent. The gyoza was crispy on the bottom with a good balance between filling and skin. The tonkatsu (pork) ramen, which they call the Batten Ramen has a decent soup-base – not as flavorful as Santoka, but acceptable. Batten’s ramens are generously portioned and they have that chewy/springy bounce that you expect in a fresh bowl of ramen. Their Hiyashi Chuka (cold ramen) was also not on par with Santoka. I’m not a fan of seasoned pork cutlet in my cold ramen, I would have much preferred crab meat. What shines at Batten Ramen is their curry, the katsu curry is my go to dish and is one of the best you’ll find in New Jersey.

Batten Ramen offers combination sets that allow you to add a half portion of curry rice or fried rice to you ramen order for an additional $3. They have daily deals that offer a combination of items on their menu for one low price. Remember to bring cash, they don’t accept the plastic. There’s metered street parking in the front and a large muni-meter lot in the back.

Batten Ramen
Batten Ramen Combination (add half curry or half riced rice for an additional $3)- $11.50

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Batten Ramen (ramen in tonkatsu broth)

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Gyoza – $3.50

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Batten Ramen – $8.50

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Katsu Curry with Rice – $9.00

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Hiyashi Chuka (cold ramen) – $9.99 (seasonal – only available during the summer)

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Champon Ramen – $8.50

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Batten Ramen

Menchanko Tei

7 May

Menchanko Tei

Rating: ★★★☆☆
131 E 45th St (btwn Lex Ave & 3rd ), New York, NY 10017
Website
(212) 986-6805
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thur 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – Midnight
Sat 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Nearest Transit:
Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
Lexington-3rd Aves-51st St (6, E, V)
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Not the best, but decent for a midtown lunch.

Menchanko Tei serves decent ramen, not the most authentic but definitely acceptable. The service is fast and their prices are not too bad. They have two locations, both in midtown (131 E 45th St & 43 W 55th St), the 55 St location was under renovations a month ago and I’m not sure if they have re-opened yet.

During my last visit to the 45th St location I tired their Hakata and Shoyu ramen, both were respectable but not comparable to Ippudo nor Santoka. Their gyoza gets a huge “Don’t Buy”, it  not fresh and tastes like it’s from a package. Overall, I like Menchanko Tei for lunch, but only for it’s ramen and nothing else.

Menchanko Tei
Pork Dumplings – $4.75

Menchanko Tei
Hakata Ramen w/ Mochi – $10 (8.50+1.50)

Sapporo

21 Apr

Sapporo

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
152 W 49th St (btwn Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave), New York, NY 10019
(212) 869-8972
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
49 St (N, Q, R)
50 St (1, 2)
47 – 50 Sts – Rockefeller Ctr (B, D, F, M)
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Sapporo is a “has been” in the ramen market, they’re no longer what they use to be. I came here last saturday hoping to have some decent ramen, but instead I was greeted with watery ill flavored broth, overcooked noodles that taste like cardboard and toppings that were bland. The waiter also forgot to put in my order of gyoza, but I’m glad she forgot. It saved me $5 on flavorless dumplings that I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed anyway, this coming from my friend who previously ate at Sapporo and had the dumplings. In addition to their tasteless ramen, they also enforce a 18.4% service charge on your bill regardless of party size. I can understand enforcing a service charge on large parties, but for a party of two where the waiter does not take my order properly they’re not deserving of a 18.4% tip regardless of the actual amount. Now I’m a fair tipper and I tend to leave a larger than average percentage, but this is just wrong. One can only image why Sapporo started enforcing a service charge, perhaps many left low or no tip because their food/service is so awful. Needless to say, I won’t be dining here again.

Sapporo

Sapporo
Menma Ramen – $7.50

Sapporo
Shio Ramen – $7.50

Santouka Ramen

16 Apr

Santouka Ramen

Rating: ★★★★☆
595 River Road (Inside Mitsuwa Market Place), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-1004
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 8:30 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm
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Santoka is well known for its ramen shops in Japan, where they have dozens of locations. Outside of Japan they have only seven, six in the States (one in New Jersey) and the remainder in Hong Kong (Causeway Bay). They’re famous for their delicious ramen noodles in a full-flavor soup. When it comes to ramen, the soup is just as important as the noodles and Santoka has them both. Their noodles are fresh and their soup is amazingly good. They have three serving sizes (small, regular and large) and four soup bases (salt, miso, spicy miso and soy sauces) to choose from. My favorite is the shio (salt) and if your like me who likes an egg with my ramen, I recommend getting the set. For additional $2 you get an egg and your choice of side rice. You can find Santoka in the food court section of the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. Be prepared to wait on line, this place has a huge following and gets really busy on the weekends. In like-Japanese fashion, Santoka only accepts cash so don’t bank on using the plastic here. Overall, Santoka is great place for ramen, probably the best in New Jersey, but Ippudo is still the best I’ve ever had in the US.

Santouka Ramen
Realistic replicas of items on their menu

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Their menu as of April 16, 2009

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Shio and Shoyu Ramen set

Lunch at Santouka Ramen 22Feb2012c
Shio Ramen set

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Hiyashi Chuka (seasonal – only offered during the summer)

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Sticky rice (special – not offered regularly)

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Natto rice

Ippudo NY

13 Sep

Ippudo

Rating: ★★★☆☆
65 4th Ave (btwn 8th & 9th St), New York, NY 10003
ny@ippudo.co.jp
Website
(212) 388-0088
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 3:30 pm
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 5 pm – 12:30 am
Sun 11 am – 10:30 pm
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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I’m not a huge fan of ramen but, this place Rocks.

We came for dinner at 7 on a Friday night and had to wait about 45 mins. Not sure if it’s worth the wait (they don’t take reservations). The Shiomaru Moto Sji is simply the best bowl of ramen I have ever had. If you’re still starving after one bowl, which most are, you can add a kae-dama (another ball of noodles). Now if you are longing for more after a second round, they also allow you to add a third ball of noddles, in which case they will also provide you with extra soup for free (but I would’t do this too often).

The Matcha Brulee (green tea pudding) is a good ending to your meal. Stay away from the fruit in champagne.

Ippudo

Ippudo