Japanese

Ramen Setagaya

The fact that Ippudo is maybe just a block away just screams that you should head to Ramen Setagaya instead: the line here is rarely long, yet their ramen satisfies comfort food cravings. Ramen Setagaya has some cozy seating place decor and is famous for wavy ramen noodles and cha siu. I would also argue that they have a delicious selection of sides and sake bar appetizers. Try some tako/taco wasabi (raw baby octopus in wasabi sauce), buta-don (pork over rice perpetuated by tasty onions), and/or some onigiri (which is available for lunch in a set menu of $3.50 for two and a soda). Recently, they also added a new item to the menu: Gekikara Tsume-men (spicy cold ramen), which is absolutely their most divine cold ramen if you can handle a spicy aftertaste. On an unrelated note, fantastic takoyaki (octopus balls) and cupcakes (from Cupcake Lane) are in the St. Mark’s area. This location is walk-able from Union Square, The Blue Man Group, and Cooper Union. If you pay any attention to the television, the Japanese commercials and cooking shows may amuse you.

Tako Wasabi// raw octopus with wasabi sauce. Not spicy.

Tako Wasabi// raw octopus with wasabi sauce. Not spicy.

Gekikara Tsume-men// deliciously spicy winner (cold ramen) even for those who can't eat spicy.

Gekikara Tsume-men// deliciously spicy winner (cold ramen) even for those who can’t eat spicy.

Ramen Setagaya: 34 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10003

+ (212) 387-7959