I few days I talked about Kuboya Ramen (536 East 6th Street between Avenue A & B) that popped up right next door to Minca, the much loved reigning champ on the block. I questioned whether or not we need another Ramen spot on 5th street. Well, I decided to check out Kuboya for myself & here’s my review. Continue reading
It’s no secret that I have a real soft spot for Sake Bar Satsko(202 East 7th Street between Ave. B & C. Further info here), the tiny east village restaurant & bar that over the years has become my go to place for good times. I found out last week that the owner, Satsko Watanabe has begun making Pork ($12) & Vegetable ($11) ramen on the nights that she’s in the kitchen, I went there last night to try them out. Continue reading
Is there a Ramen War shaping up on 5th Street between Avenue A & B? In one corner we have the reigning Champ, Minca Ramen Factory & in the other we have a newcomer, Kuboya Ramen (536 East 5th Street, in the old Le Gamin space). I’m glad to see that something is going into this address, but do we really need another ramen spot?
I love Minca & I’m pretty sure that the owner is not going to be happy about this at all. Kuboya’s storefront is covered in print outs of a ‘press release’ of sorts. The funny thing is that the first paragraph is the owner talking about how he (Sammy Kubo) & Minca’s owner have been friends for 25 years, yet this paragraph has been (improperly) redacted! Classic! I guess you ain’t friends no more!
Ok, so it’s not really ‘Breaking News’ because I’ve been hearing it along the grapevine for a week & have even seen a Facebook status update or two regarding this matter, but Sake Bar Satsko (202 East 7th St. Previously reviewed here) will be offering up Pork Ramen Specials on the nights that owner, Sastsko Watanabe, is in the kitchen (not entirely sure of those yet, more later). Continue reading
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time then you’ll know that I’m a sucker for good Ramen which is why I love Rai Rai Ken (214 East 10th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue) so much! The place is tiny & immediately reminds me of the noodle bar from Blade Runner. It’s basically a long service bar with stools (really low & uncomfortable) running the length of the restaurant.
I’m a really big fan of Minca on 5th street, so I was excited to check out their ‘sister-restaurant’ Kambi (351 14th Street at 1st Avenue). It’s pretty much the same as Minca, but much larger & with a more open feel. You have a bit more elbow room here, which is a plus. We arrived early, so had no problems snagging seats.
As usual, I got the Basic which is a pork & garlic broth with lovely, fatty roasted pork on top. There is also a selection of mushrooms, scallion & a delicious hard boiled, soy marinated egg. The broth is salty, but not overpowering. The garlic offers quite a kick, so it might not be the best choice if you’re on a date! Neither is the fact that you’re more than likely to leave covered in broth! Note; this is NOT a bad thing!
My buddy got one of the Spicy Ramen (not sure if it was the Basic or the Miso broth). I tried some, it was nice & spicy! Obviously, there are loads of choices for Ramen in the area, but I really recommend checking out Kambi. While you’re there, make sure to order the gyoza, they’re very good!