Last November I went to Parsons in Manhattan, for an open-house event.
I wanted to see what they had to offer with their programs in Design Technologies (i.e. like Computation Arts, which I did in Montreal), in Architecture (they have a sweet dual degree with Lighting design), and in Design Management, mostly (which ended-up just being an online degree, booh…).
Of course, since this is NYC we’re talking about, I had pre-visitedly made a list of places to eat during our stay. We only had a day in the metropole, so it was primordial that I get to eat at a few certain places.
I really wanted to go to Momofuku. That was in the beginning, before I found-out, through my usual perusing of the vast chow knowlegde base, that there were supposedly better & more traditional ramen places in the East Village. Cuz’ I really wanted a good bowl of ramen. Really.
So, anyways, we ended up just eating at 2 ramen places during our 1 day visit.
Here’s the Lodown:
Rai Rai Ken
Went in mid-afternoon.
I’ll admit I might have been sold on the place before I even got there, hearing that it was the most authentic (at least looks-wise) ramen shop in NYC.
The ramen was actually very good. Didn’t blow my mind, but I comforted myself in thinking that it is just ramen, after all. I do think it could be better, somehow. But this is indeed very nice, simple ramen. Definitely amazing comfort food.
Just sit down at the bar of this tiny hole-in-the-wall, order a good bowl of 8$ ramen, and you’ll feel nice and fuzzy, relaxed after after eating something that goes down oh-so easily.
All ingredients were decent/good quality. Nothing to complain about. This is simplicity done right.
No photo, sorry!
Went for supper.
To me, this was the opposite of Rai Rai Ken, so I liked the idea of just trying those 2 during that day.
We had to reserve a spot & return 1 hour and a 1/2 later. Fancy inside, its definitely worth a look.
Entrées were good. I was very satisfied by the beef entrées I chose. BBQ ribs were a choice pick. I don’t remember the 2 others I had but they were good.
For the ramen, I had the Akamaru (the red broth one), while my girlfriend had the Shiro one (white broth).
I was slightly underwhelmed by the taste. Maybe because the combination of simplicity & taste of Rai Rai Ken stuck in my mind, while the combination of flashiness & normal taste here made me expect something more. Was good, for sure. I wonder why I was underwhelmed though.
No I can’t wait to go back to NYC.
I still have a lot of ramen places on my list 😉