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“great ramen, tiny space”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rai Rai Ken

Rai Rai Ken
Ranked #2,679 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: East Village
New York City, New York
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“great ramen, tiny space”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2010

I just ate at Rai Rai Ken about an hour ago, and I feel pleasantly full.

The place is teeny-weeny, and seats maybe 12 people on stools at the counter. There is only one (small) table, and if you sit there, you'll be surrounded by hungry people waiting to be seated; better to sit at the counter. My wife, daughter and I have been to Rai Rai Ken before, but only at odd times, due to its tiny size. Our last visit there was during a blizzard, and today we went on a Sunday afternoon, while everyone else in NYC was watching a Jets game.

My daughter (13 years old) got the basic Shoyu Ramen for $8.50 and it was hugel she couldn't finish it. I got the Mapo Tofu Ramen, with pork and tofu; it was spicy and wonderful. I was able to finish it completely, and also helped my daughter with hers. Mama had the miso ramen, which is vegetarian.

We got an order of gyoza dumplings that were fine, as well as a $2 plate of pickled daikon radish. I drank a buckwheat ale, which I expected to be like a stout, but was more citrusy, like a wheat beer. A good time was had by all.

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“GREAT RAMEN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

We went to here for lunch. I had the miso ramen and my husband ahd the curry ramen. Both were good but I preferred the miso. Portions were so large that we ruined our early dinner at Lupa. You can't go wrong with this $9 bowl of goodness.

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“these guys have to care...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2009

these guys have to care a bit more about serving a good meal

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“The ramen was good but not nearly as good as Ippudos a few blocks away. The Gyoza was phenomenal though.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2009

The ramen was good but not nearly as good as Ippudos a few blocks away. The Gyoza was phenomenal though.

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“I LOVE THEIR RAMEN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2008

I LOVE THEIR RAMEN

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