While Menchanko-Tei is not my favorite noodle house in NYC, it does make for a nice choice when you are craving a steaming, comforting cup of soup. If you are getting a cold, skip the restaurant, but have them deliver (after all you don’t want to get everyone sick). I frequent the 55th Street location and have not made my way to their location on East 45th.
We started off our meal with the Tori Karaage: small pieces of chicken breaded and fried. The chicken was juicy and tender on the inside. The breading had a pleasant flavor, not too oily. It was an enjoyable dish ($5). Ate a few pieces before reminding myself to hold off for the main course. Portions are in no way skimpy at this place; especially when we’re talking about their noodle soups. These alone can feed me for about three days.
This is what was left of the ramen I chose at Menchanko-Tei. I was defeated (until I got home and dove into the leftovers). It was the Hakata Ramen: thin ramen noodles in a pork broth dressed with simmered pork slices, black mushrooms, red ginger, and scallions. At first I thought the pork was going to be dry, but I was gladly mistaken. This soup was not as salty as some others on the menu. Best part, it only cost $10. At that price, I’d say this place is a win.
Menchanko-Tei is located at 43 West 55th Street, New York, NY (212) 247-1585