NYC: Ramen Misoya

Sunday, January 29, 2012 4comments No tags Permalink 0

Ramen Misoya recently opened on 2nd Avenue and we’ve been eating there on a weekly basis. Cold weather, hot ramen, can’t think of a more perfect combination. Ippudo still serves our favorite bowl of ramen in the city, but the long wait times often borderline on ridiculous. Misoya to the rescue.

Three types of ramen on the menu. Hard to pick a favorite, so I just rotate between the three. First up, Kome Miso Ramen – a salty red miso broth, Hokkaido-style with roasted potato wedges, bamboo shoots, and sweet corn kernels.

The also do a “Winter Snow” version of Kome Miso in which two big pats of butter and a hefty amount of parmesan is grated on top just before serving. So picturesque! A close middle school friend always grated cheddar cheese over her instant ramen…the cheese + ramen combination just seems natural by this point.

Add on char siu for $1.50 a slice, truly juicy and meaty, though certainly not melt-in-your mouth tender. They usually serve char siu in the soup, but I ask for it on the side so I can eat straight-up with a bowl of rice.

Shiro Miso Ramen is the second type, made with white miso, almost creamy in texture and fairly heavy (in a good way!) Bean sprouts, ground pork sauce, and fried tofu to top. Sometimes you get lucky with a fresh fried batch of tofu, but sometimes we get the end of the batch…a hit or miss, huge difference in taste.

And finally, Mame Miso Ramen which comes with shrimp tempura. It’s the sweetest of the three and most complex in terms of flavor.

Dine during lunch hours, and ramen comes with your choice of fried rice, gyoza, or chicken karaage. The latter two come with a bowl of white rice.

None of the sides are worth ordering on their own…but since it comes with the lunch set, chicken karaage, with a well-seasoned and crisp crust, is your best bet.

Ramen Misoya
129 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-4825

4 Comments
  • K and S
    January 29, 2012

    looks good, I like Ippudo best too!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 29, 2012

    Hi Kat! Yay!! I heard Ippudo also does instant ramen packs in Japan, is that right? Wish they would sell the same in NYC so I could just make it at home!

  • K and S
    January 31, 2012

    yes they have instant too :)

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2012

    Gosh, it all looks so good. I have to put it on my favorites and need to try list.

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