This is a restaurant review of Rai Rai Ken.
Even in NY, a solid GOOD bowl of Ramen is hard to do. Yes, we have Ippudo. But as I discuss with my fellow Japanese Ramen lovers, their Ramen is way too average tasting to cost $15 for a bowl of noodle soup. Is Ramen that hard to make?? It has to be... because it is not easy to find that perfection in a bowl.
I went to Rai Rai Ken after my friend said that it was her favorite place to go. So I gave it a try. I give it... 7.5. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't "MM MMMM GOOD".
I grew up in Tokyo, so I like Shoyu Ramen, the soy sauce based one. A lot of Ramen places in NYC focuses on Tonkotsu, so it's even harder to find a good shoyu ramen.
I am not writing this entry because I liked the shoyu ramen at rai rai ken. It was just So So. But I DID like the Miso Ramen. It had something that really reminded me of what I used to eat growing up.
So for the price, I will go back when I really want some hot bowl of Ramen. Maybe I will just stick to Miso and Shio (which I heard was also good)