Minca

Minca

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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    "Come here on a cold day and get the spicy miso ramen to warm up!"(47 Tips)
    Alexa S.
    "Great alternative to Ippudo and other popular ramen spots - no wait!"(18 Tips)
    Hannah A.
    "Best spicy ramen and the curly noodles combination"(11 Tips)
    Corey S.
    "Get the #1 minca ramen, shrimp gyoza and pork belly on the side"(33 Tips)
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  • RCheart icon on user image
    RCMarch 4, 2015
    I have to lower many other ramen reviews I've made now. This place is on a different level. So much flavor! Rich broth and the noodles, a good chew. The Char Siu was fall-apart tender. So good!
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJune 21, 2016
    My personal fav ramen in NYC. Be sure to get the thick, wavy noodles over the thinner, straighter kind that they use at Ippudo. The spicy miso tsukemen with cold noodles on a hot day is so delicious.
    Upvoted Sep 9
  • Albert T.heart icon on user image
    Albert TongDecember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the tsukemen style ramen with cold noodle which most ramen shops don't have. The rich broth and flavors are out of this world. I got the spicy miso one and will be back to try the rest!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 18, 2018
    Tokyo Tsuke-Men Spicy Miso: Spicy miso broth and whole slew of extra ingredients, to be added to the bowl at your pleasure. And the price is slightly less than at other East Village ramen-ya. Read more
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaOctober 8, 2016
    This place is worth a visit to, it gets crowded fast but the food comes out quickly so worth waiting. Try the seasonal ramen dish for a surprising, but you can't go wrong with pork ramen either
  • eifehheart icon on user image
    eifehJanuary 3, 2017
    Good place for spicy miso ramen. Shop is small, so the wait can be long, but I think it's worth it. Spicy miso is rich and flavorful but not that spicy. Choose your noodles (thin, hard is my choice).
  • Onion Things
    Onion ThingsApril 28, 2017
    Minca is an authentic Japanese noodle shop. They have different traditional ramen & delightful shrimp gyozas, served very hot & smooth. A good place to go when you’re craving for a tasty asian soup.
  • Bryant B.heart icon on user image
    Bryant BalatbatDecember 3, 2015
    The pork broth is milky without being overly rich. The chashu is very flavorful and melts in your mouth. Make sure to order extra chashu because the one that your bowl will come with wont be enough.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinMay 1, 2016
    Minca sio with thin noodles. Char siu is melt in your mouth, egg is a bit overcooked unfortunately, everything else delish. Gyoza is thin ski and crisp. They give you a hot barley tea at the end.
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    When you tire of the Spicy Basic, give the Mincao Sio a try because it. is. delicious.
  • Borys P.heart icon on user image
    Borys PierovNovember 24, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best ramen spots in NYC, period. Consistent quality over the years, delicious broth and chashu that melts in your mouth. My favorite is Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen. Cash-only.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    The Minca Sio, flavored with salt and roast garlic, topped with sliced stewed pork and wild vegetables, is the way to go. For this dish, go for the thin noodles; they really soak up the savory stock.
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BretonSeptember 14, 2014
    Small restaurant with big flavors! Sip on a chilled Sapporo. Start with Homemade Pork Gyoza. End with the Spicy Miso Ramen.
  • Mickey U.
    Mickey U.June 27, 2012
    Toroniku ramen was great! Reminds me of Keika's Tah-roh men located in Shinjuku, if you know what I mean. I'm pure Japanese, so take my word for it :-)
  • Jeremiah B.heart icon on user image
    Jeremiah BaumannMarch 22, 2018
    The ramen is delicious. Their signature ramen doesn’t have the amazing richness of the Momofuku pork ramen, but it’s pork and chicken mix has its own subtler wonder. And the free tea is a nice touch!
  • Jacob A.heart icon on user image
    Jacob AronoffJune 15, 2018
    A fantastic Tsukemen, be sure you get the spicy miso broth, it’s very unique and tasty!!
  • Tracy S.heart icon on user image
    Tracy SpetkaMarch 28, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork shoyu. Pork gyoza. Waited for a table in the winter and they gave us tea while waiting. A+ for that, and always worth waiting for anyway.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SuchoffJanuary 6, 2014
    I'm not a ramen connoisseur but Minca is incredible. The vegetable spicy miso ramen was flavorful beyond belief. Huge plus - bean sprout noodle option! #glutenfree
  • Rachel P.heart icon on user image
    Rachel PortMarch 8, 2015
    The Minca (soy broth) was soooo so amazingly delicious and so were the pork gyoza!! Mmmm
  • Justin J.
    Justin JonssonAugust 6, 2014
    The spicy ramen is the way to go. All the others are also delicious, but the extra jolt of flavor in the spicy version makes all the difference. Don't worry, it's not too hot for you.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 1, 2011
    The spicy miso ramen is as good as any of the ramens from Ippudo. There's really nothing else you should get here. Make it extra spicy.
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacAugust 30, 2015
    Spicy miso. This place has quite the wait on a Friday night, but it's one of the best ramen spots in the city. Sit at the counter and watch the cooks at their craft.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 16, 2014
    Tasting Table's Top Ramen NYC: Spicy basic ramen "...tiny LES spot still has its charms, among them the deeply garlicky broth, excellent pork belly with tender fat & totally unfussy counter service"
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    The miso-based broth is deeply layered, and the corn and chicken on top are tasty. An all-around contender for best ramen in the city. Read more
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 3, 2020
    Get their signature minca sio ramen. It’s pork & chicken broth with salt & roasted garlic sauce. They recommend thick or thin wheat noodles with this particular broth.
  • Way B.heart icon on user image
    Way BenjaminDecember 16, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    My best ramen in East Village! Old school and simply authentic.
  • Gavin
    GavinJune 20, 2015
    The ramen here is comparable to the Japan's. By far the best ramen spot in Manhattan. I recommend the tonkatsu ramen.
  • Aleson H.
    Aleson HoAugust 2, 2015
    They have tsukemen which still seems to be a rare thing. The broth was very flavorful. If it's a hot summer day and you need a ramen fix, get tsukemen with the noodles cold. :)
  • emma t.heart icon on user image
    emma tangorenSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    this is the best ramen in manhattan. spicy miso is perfect for a cold, rainy day. gyoza is great too!
  • Christopher L.heart icon on user image
    Christopher LeeMay 2, 2014
    Pork sio is delicious, although people need to learn how to eat their ramen and leave, too many people sitting over empty ramen bowls and chit chatting away, goto the cafe or wine bar for that.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 6, 2014
    This is neck in neck with Ippudo for best ramen in NYC with Ippudo slightly edging out Minca. Its close to Ippudo, so avoid long waits by coming here instead.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 4, 2014
    This place has a strong reputation for having incredible chicken based ramen bowls. And, like many ramen places, the location might be small, but the portions are worth the price and wait.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BentonDecember 6, 2013
    Carol Lim: "You can have a traditional bowl of ramen, but what I like there is the tsukemen dipping noodles. They also have these bean sprout noodles that are super healthy."
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Spicy Basic is my favorite so far - also love that you can choose between thin or thick noodles!
  • Shiri L.heart icon on user image
    Shiri LaraNovember 13, 2016
    Small spot quick eats. Great spicy miso. It's too brothy for me but the vegetarian miso is packed full of things! Also, get the cabbage salad. Yum!
  • Sheenaheart icon on user image
    SheenaNovember 13, 2016
    Delicious delicious broth, so good. It was packed even at 5 pm on a Saturday, somehow we got a table immediately. Great for a quick meal
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 20, 2014
    Great neighborhood place! Love the gyoza, Minca Ramen and spicy ramens. Staff is friendly and pick up is a good option too as the space is small.
  • Aaron S.heart icon on user image
    Aaron SimekApril 23, 2017
    Good food and price. Atmosphere is nice. Spicy ramen is also good, but the delicious complexity of the broth is lost. Moreover, it is not nearly spicy enough.
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa ScordatoJuly 14, 2016
    Tokyo Tsukemen is the way to go on a hot day. Great alternative to Ippudo and other popular ramen spots - no wait!
  • Jeremy K.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 15, 2014
    This modest, low-key spot offers up some of the best ramen in town. They offer various broths as well as various types of noodles.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantOctober 10, 2015
    Very tasty spicy ramen and a super popular spot but just not my scene. Slurping bowls of ramen (1000 calories!!) is not fun for me.
  • Alanaheart icon on user image
    AlanaAugust 28, 2015
    Perfect hole in the wall zero frills ramen spot. Menu is large and detailed, but pick anything and I assure you you won't be disappointed.
  • Alissa S.
    Alissa SimmonsAugust 18, 2013
    SO GOOD. 6pm no wait. Broth is delicious, different types if noodles, THE PORK IS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, very filling, fast service, great prices (10-15$).
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaApril 20, 2018
    thick broth, delicious noodles, yummy gyoza. i got the regular miso tsukumen ramen which was stellar. cant wait to go back
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Kamada fell in love with tonkotsu ramen while living in Tokyo in his twenties, and always wanted to create his own version of the famous pork broth. Read more
  • Nicholas D.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas DoyleJune 30, 2014
    The Minca Sio ramen is a winner - rich broth, robust roasted garlic, a seasoned egg and tender char siu.
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseJanuary 13, 2012
    RS says: Try the Minca Ramen. "five types of noodles, multiple broth options, and comparatively low prices. The signature bowl features a powerful soy broth, tea-boiled egg, kelp, and thin noodles."
  • DK F.
    DK FilmiDecember 24, 2013
    Cold Tofu with ginger and scallion.... Ahmaaz... Minca Ramen... Ahmaaaz... Guess i've forgotten to check-in on previous visits... Love Ippudo but Minca is hands down my NYC fav ramen joint #SNL
  • Lynne V.heart icon on user image
    Lynne VieraDecember 22, 2017
    Delicious ramen, cozy space, you can get pasture raised chicken instead of pork if you prefer, delicious dumplings too.
  • Escott H.heart icon on user image
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 15, 2016
    Ramen with a more heavily flavored broth. Good go to in the East Village for Ramen if you don't want to wait I'm crazy lines at the other places.
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