Minca

Minca

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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    New York Habitat
    "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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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 8, 2010
    A very low-key and unassuming atmosphere with some perfect ramen. Try the Spicy Miso and the Gyozas…which are all prepared in front of you.
  • 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."
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiSeptember 29, 2014
    The spicy kimchi ramen is a ridiculously huge portion. I love kimchi but the broth was a little too sour for me
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedJune 19, 2013
    Great place for Ramen in the East Village. Their house broth is a mix of pork and chicken. The Minca Shio is awesome with the thin noodles!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, Ippudo is my top pick for ramen but this is a great neighborhood alternative. Plus, the spicy miso ramen can't be beat.
  • Nick A.heart icon on user image
    Nick AndlingerFebruary 2, 2015
    Solid local alphabet city slurp shop. Stick with spicy miso and made to order gyoza.
  • Eli S.heart icon on user image
    Eli ShowalterMarch 26, 2015
    The original pork broth with the thin noodles is so delicious. This place is a proper ramen joint: not too scene-y and not too expensive.
  • Christine S.heart icon on user image
    Christine SimkoOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ramen in the city. And I've tried it all even that crap place on 50 something and 9th. Sure to please anyone!!!
  • Brian E.heart icon on user image
    Brian EricksonMarch 9, 2015
    Spicy miso ramen is incredible. Best ramen I've been to. Get a side of kimchi, also delicious.
  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    TeresaMarch 22, 2016
    The gyoza is handmade, which is why the skin is so tender. Ramen is pretty good too.
  • Sho M.heart icon on user image
    Sho MullaJanuary 18, 2020
    Spicy miso ramen never disappoints. Small restaurant so you may have to wait your turn.
  • Eileenheart icon on user image
    EileenMarch 4, 2018
    Get the spicy miso ramen or spicy miso tsukemenCash only
  • Ethan I.heart icon on user image
    Ethan IllfelderNovember 26, 2017
    Gluten-free friendly! (Bean noodles). Amazing thick pork ramen broth- pork super soft and falls apart.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like a bowl that packs a flavor punch, tiny tucked-away Minca is for you. Broth so meaty it's creamy. If these noodles can't fill you up, nothing will. Get sides of kimchi and daikon salad too.
  • Tatiana C.heart icon on user image
    Tatiana CelliniMarch 11, 2015
    Spicy miso soup is to die for. Shrimp dumplings to start are a also killer
  • Monday L.
    Monday LisaSeptember 22, 2014
    Pork gyoza and spicy miso ramen. Hungrily wait for your table across the street at Ace bar - worth it. Cash only.
  • Christian d.heart icon on user image
    Christian de BottonAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I've tried a few of their ramen dishes, my favorite is definitely the standard Minca Shio with thin noodles. The broth is very complex and nice, and the texture of the noodles is great.
  • Dan H.heart icon on user image
    Dan HebertSeptember 5, 2017
    Best ramen in the city out of the 10 or so places I've been up to this point. Get the spicy miso!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 14, 2011
    Well priced bowls of delicious soup are what make this place so awesome. Come here on a cold day and get the spicy miso ramen to warm up!
  • Jinnie L.heart icon on user image
    Jinnie LOctober 1, 2014
    Their pork broth is very yummy ;) I usually get spicy miso but sometimes I go for toroniku ramen tehehehe ;P
  • Harrison J.
    Harrison JohnsonJune 2, 2018
    Can be a wait if you're with a group, but worth it. The spicy miso was very good. 🌶
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Minca ramen, surprisingly I prefer the one without soy sauce. Gyozas are homemade and very good as well. Cash only!
  • Teresa B.heart icon on user image
    Teresa BruceDecember 5, 2022
    Cash only. I enjoyed the Spicy Miso Tsukemen and Pork Gyoza.
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    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    The Pork Gyoza here is done just right with thin wrappers that crisp right up.
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren SmithJanuary 22, 2015
    The spicy miso ramen pork was delicious. Beware it's a huge portion with just the right amount of spice!
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeMay 18, 2014
    Ask for beers while waiting in line. They'll happily oblige and the beer will take your mind off of the wait.
  • Rishi S.heart icon on user image
    Rishi SatsangiJanuary 19, 2015
    Really really love this place. Its small though, but worth the wait.
  • Madison G.
    Madison GouzieAugust 27, 2012
    Perfect lazy Sunday dinner spot. Sit in the cozy window side high chairs and you'll barely have to lift your spoon. Happy slurping!
  • Aditya B.heart icon on user image
    Aditya BasuAugust 30, 2014
    The amount of miso used in the spicy miso ramen is overwhelming. Your throat will be parched for hours after, coz of the excess sodium. Get extra pork only if you are starving.Pork Gyoza was average.
  • Bjorn L.heart icon on user image
    Bjorn L.March 2, 2015
    One of my top go-to restaurants in the East Village. You can't really go wrong here.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 17, 2013
    Though it's not our favorite ramen in the neighborhood, it's cheaper than most with flavorful noodles.
  • Aarthi D.
    Aarthi D.April 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good ramen, and the chef's special spicy veg broth will make your mouth burn. Ippudo is better, but the wait here is far shorter.
  • Hannah A.heart icon on user image
    Hannah AbdulMarch 22, 2016
    Best spicy ramen and the curly noodles combination
  • Michelle Y.
    Michelle YanMarch 12, 2014
    I recommend getting the Minca or Minca Sio. But regardless of which ramen you get, the meat is sooooo tender!
  • Nicole S.heart icon on user image
    Nicole StrootApril 19, 2015
    Pork ramen is excellent- the gyoza are perfectly cooked
  • Ew
    EwFebruary 24, 2013
    One of the biggest bowls of ramen I've ever had with tons of veggies. The pork is tender and flavorful but I've had better soup.
  • Bianca L.heart icon on user image
    Bianca LamJuly 23, 2012
    Love their shoyu ramen chicken/ pork broth. Also, this is the same owner as kambi..on 14th and 1st. Exact same menu...
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseDecember 28, 2014
    When there's a long wait at momofuku noodle bar- head here for a cozier experience with equally good noodles.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemSeptember 26, 2014
    Spicy miso ramen was perfect. I recommend a seat at the bar, to see the chefs at work!
  • Melissa R.heart icon on user image
    Melissa RosenfieldMarch 7, 2015
    Everything is delicious especially the spicy and garlic ramens.
  • Geoff S.
    Geoff StearnsOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Many people say Spicy Miso is the best, but I like to keep it simple with the Shoyu ramen. Some of the best in the city.
  • Jane D.heart icon on user image
    Jane DongJanuary 3, 2015
    Small space - only two tables for parties of four. Worth the wait though
  • Charley T.heart icon on user image
    Charley ToddSeptember 1, 2015
    Perfect little gem. Get here early though. Also tried cold ramen. Refreshing.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HeppsOctober 8, 2014
    Got the Veggie Miso ramen and it was awesome. Perfect restorative meal after a long night out.
  • Jeremy K.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 15, 2014
    Their basic pork ramen is far from basic and is absolutely divine. Also try their gyoza to start.
  • Hunter O.
    Hunter OrahoodJuly 25, 2014
    This place is awesome. Anytime people come from out of town I take them here for dinner. Never disappoints.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJanuary 22, 2018
    Don’t wanna wait at Momofuku? Take a short stroll over to Minca for a more authentic ramen experience. Dig that spicy miso
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 3, 2020
    I appreciate their food allergy chart & their noodle / broth recommendations.
  • Sarah C.heart icon on user image
    Sarah ChoMarch 20, 2015
    Maybe it was an off night but it just wasn't impressive. I orders the spicy miso & had high hopes but other than the cha siew (roast pork) being melt in your mouth there wasn't much depth or flavor 😕
  • Blue B.
    Blue BayerApril 3, 2011
    They open at noon so if you roll in at 10 after you can have the place to yourself. The mound of radish salad with peanut sauce is really nice.
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