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Japanese, Asian
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Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed July 20, 2020 via mobile

I have not had ramen since January 18!! I had no idea I could physically handle being away from my ramen for so long since it is basically my lifeblood!! I was in a short play back in March (before all this virus stuff happened)...and one of the characters in my play was named Mr Fried Chicken #2!! That guy happens to feel the way about fried chicken as I feel for noodle soup!! I do think coming here was very fun because I ate outside and it was a humbling experience to eat ramen for the first time in months!! I got the tontkotsu ramen which I demolished!! The gyozas were also so good!! I got my ramune which was very good!! The waiter was nice and seemed like a ramen fan!! The place had nice Japanese artifacts and they were playing Japanese anime and I think that was also very cool!! Anyway you should all come here!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Amazing ramen and rice, the best the taste of the dessert. Cheap prize and good quality of the products and the service. I went at 5pm and beer prize was 3$. Excellent!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

Once you step into this cozy restaurant you are transported to some place in Japan. From the Japanese cartoons on the TV to the anime on the walls to the giant Lucky Cat, this is a taste and feel of local Japan in Manhattan. You...need to experience the food, service and ambiance.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

Good is authentic and amazing. Mentaiko pasta, okonomiyaki and chicken wings are all top notch. Service is fast and pleasant. Great place for dinner or late night snack.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

Love this kind of small authentic Japanese restaurants. Had few beers and shoju with friend of mine. We ordered lots of food. Lacked a flavor but overall was good. Some of the kushiyakis/skewers were chewy. However we enjoyed the atmosphere and drinks.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Very authentic food and feel. This is like the type of small shop you would encounter the n Tokyo. Quality and real variety. Nice staff. Very good experience

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

This establishment is by far the best ramen noodle shop in Manhattan. I’ve lived here for a few years and am always looking for good noodles. I’m always on the hunt for different types of spots from chains places like Wagamama to locals hole in...the walls. I recently went to a place called Oramwn on 6th ave and 16th street. Their noodles were good but service was ok at best. Lucky Cat’s noodles, poached egg and service far exceeds any of the other shops I’ve been too. The people working at Lucky Cat are nice and very attentive. They have beer specials all day. On top of noodles they have great Chirashi sushi and other lunch specials. There is a small spot actoss the street from then that also serves noodles. I went there buts it’s just not the same. Oramen on 6th is ok at best. If you’re looking for a nice ramen noodle on a cold day or even a spicy noodle dish on a sick day, this is the spot to go too.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 23, 2019 via mobile

This place is small and ramshackle looking but the food is why I’ll always make this my go-to ramen spot when I’m in nyc. Everything I’ve tried here has been absolutely delicious. The scallop appetizer is fresh and delicious, my favorite ramen bowl is the...signature “lucky cat”.. spicy and savory. Very authentic foodMore

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

A delightfully funky, highly authentic and delicious Japanese restaurant, Lucky Cat is a lucky find. Our staff went there for a happy hour visit. The ramen got rave reviews and other specialties were equally delicious. $6 cocktails and an extensive menu were easy on the...wallets. Go there and “get lucky”...in more ways than one!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

Went for a second and third time. Food very solid. Chicken teriyaki don is excellent. meat is extremely tender, doesn't even taste like chicken breast. the mentaiko noodles was also amazing, as was the pancake. service was pretty fast. would warn that it can get...extremely crowded on weekends, especially in the evening so do bear in mind. other than that, solid food. great for a late night snack.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This izakaya restaurant on the UES of Manhattan reminds me of eating in the side streets of Tokyo. The clientel is mostly Japanese,so is the staff and they have Japanese beer OnTap. The food is good old Japanese comfort food like ramens in various styles....A must visit when in N.Y.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

Three of us after a long day decided we needed some ramen for dinner. We were actually on our way to another spot, when we walked past Lucky Cat. It looked invited, so we went in. The place soon was packed and now we know...why. All three of us ordered the tonkatsu ramen - noodles in a rich savory broth with pork belly. Talk about comfort food!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Good cheap lunch sets at usd10 price range. Quality is good and portions generous. Service is pleasant as well. Ambiance feels like an authentic Japanese cafe in a back alley. Definitely worth a visit

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

Took Uber to the restaurant 2-doors down (Ariyoshi)which I didn’t realized had moved since I was there last...disappointed, I needed to find something else close by since it took at least 20 min from Times Square via Uber......looked around and decided to try Lucky Cat....I had the Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen. Surprisingly, it was really good! Not sure if I would go again. I don’t live in the area and it’s a bit of a hike from Times Square. There are many ramen shops near TS.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

During a recent visit to Manhattan we decided to eat dinner at the Lucky Cat - for two main reasons 1) it was a 2 minute walk from our hotel, far enough after an exhausting day and 2) we were sick of the typical American...diet and fancied a change! I must say it was possibly the best meal we had and we ate at some pretty expensive restaurants in Chelsea and Downtown. To start I had the crispy prawns served with corn and they were delicious, the sauce was fantastic, really sticky with a crispy coating and meaty prawns on the inside. For main course we both had the chicken curry which was delicious also, crispy chicken on a bed of rice with a very tasty curry sauce at the side. The prices are very reasonable and the staff very friendly. Will definitely visit again!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5