Minca Ramen Factory

536 E. Fifth St.
New York, NY 10009
212-505-8001

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  • $
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Parking
Sure, this ramen joint isn't fancy, but that's the point; solid, traditional ramen served in simple environs. Owner Shigeto Kamana moved to New York City in 1981 to become a musician and was perturbed to find an absence of good ramen spots. He eventually opened Minca in the East Village in 2004. The restaurant has a mix-and-match philosophy to ramen, allowing you to choose from chicken, pork or combination broth plus thin, thick or wavy wheat noodles, all topped by slices of stewed pork and vegetables. Spicy and vegetarian ramen are also available; starters include homemade pork or shrimp gyoza, kimchi and a bean sprout salad. Slurp your noodles along the tiny wooden counter or grab one of the few seats. It's cramped and without air conditioning, so a cold Sapporo is definitely in order. Decorations are spare, limited to a few oil paintings hung on an exposed brick wall.—Keith Wagstsff

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