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minca

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East Village
Japanese, Noodle, Noodle Shop
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536 E 5th St, Bsmt A, New York City, NY 10009-6585
212-505-8001
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • 14
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The best ramen of my life!

I visited minca last nigh with a couple of friends and I was so surprised with the quality of their ramen! it was so well cooked!I previously tried 7 different ramen in NYC but wasn't completely happy. This however was the first time I completely finished all of it. I'm definitely coming back here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2014
Ana S
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Newark, New Jersey
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35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newark, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I visited minca last nigh with a couple of friends and I was so surprised with the quality of their ramen! it was so well cooked!I previously tried 7 different ramen in NYC but wasn't completely happy. This however was the first time I completely finished all of it. I'm definitely coming back here every time I'll be around

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

How do you recover from the night before while crammed into this little ramen factory? Try the pot stickers and the spicy ramen. Cured.

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New York
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155 reviews 155 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

I've been to Minca and Kambi for years and have soon realized this is the best ramen in NYC. Minca was the original and Kambi is it's sister restaurant serving the same dishes on 14th street between 1st and 2nd avenue. The restaurant specialized is several different types of broth but you can't go wrong with the basic either thick... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Having lived in Japan for 5 years, I thought I had the best ramen until dining here. It's a small place with people waiting to get inside; it is so well worth the experience. It's a hidden jewel. Oishi desu!

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This restaurant only takes cash. There may be seats for 20+, and I don't believe there was AC, but the line was long when we arrived for a Sunday brunch. Since it was the first time for us so we weren't too picky. Pretty much we picked our orders by looking at the pictures while we were waiting for roughly... More 

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is my favorite ramen hands down! Right in Alphabet City and a real hole in the wall, it is absolutely worth the wait if there is one at the time. The ramen is amazing and at a really good price for the size. They are also great if you want to get take out, but unfortunately they stop delivery... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I was visiting New York on business for a couple of weeks and having had a lot of free time to myself, made a point of going a bit off the beaten track away from the corporate-style Midtown Manhattan and was recommended the East Village / Alphabet City area by some colleagues. I was certainly glad to have found Minca,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I loved minca! The ramen was delicious. We both had tonkotsu soup with thin noodles. The soup was flavoursome and the pork strips literally melt in your mouth. My only regret is that we didn't visit minca a second time before we left New York. Defintely visit if you're a big ramen fan!

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Montreal, Canada
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150 reviews 150 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

It's small, it's rustic, it's crowded, it's hard to find, ... But the ramens are great! This restaurant offers good service, great ambiance and many choices of ramens. It's one of the best ramen eatery in East Village.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I ate in this restaurant every time I can go in east village for a really good Ramen. The place is cozy, small, but rustic and I love it. Even if you go there and the restaurant is full, there is never to much wait to seat and the waiters are the nicest people ever. I love to seat at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 536 E 5th St, Bsmt A, New York City, NY 10009-6585
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-505-8001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle, Noodle Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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