Jin Ramen (3 locations) With ramen joints popping up everywhere, Jin delivers quantity and quality. The menu is full of unique noodle options at Jin. I recommend Miso Ramen with curly noodles, bean sprouts, bok choy, chicken sausage, pork, leeks and sesame seeds ($18.50). The Green Coconut Thai Curry with sauteed chicken, bean sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash, scallion and seasoned soft egg ($18.50) is a spicier option. They offer chicken, pork and vegetable broths as well as a less salty option for each. Add-ins include brisket, scallions and spicy mayo. From 5-6:30 and 9:30 p.m.- close take advantage of $3 Sapporo drafts and $11 pitchers. Small Hot Sake pitchers are $3 and large pitchers are $5. Service is always speedy if you need a quick yet delicious bite.
Up Thai (1411 Second Avenue) Up Thai serves flavorful Thai noodle dishes in both traditional and contemporary recipes with a twist. Their version of Yum Woonsen is Pad Woonsen Poo (crab vermicelli) served with tons of crab meat, glass noodles, onion, scallions and egg ($17). Start with an order of their delicate dumplings like Chive ($9) or steamed Pork and Shrimp dumplings ($8). Enjoy their fast 3-course lunch special complete with soup or salad, appetizer, and main course for only $9. The inside is quaint, quiet and somewhat romantic although the tables are close to one another. Make sure you get your name on the waitlist on Yelp before you arrive to avoid long wait times. The bar is a good choice to grab a seat if the wait for a table is too long.
JeJu Noodle Bar (679 Greenwich Street) JeJu serves the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Ramen. Ramyun is a similar comfort dish enjoyed by Koreans of all ages and social classes. If you are craving a bowl of ramen that’s different than most, definitely stop by here. They are known for the So Ramyun, a veal broth with brisket, scallion and pickled garlic ($19). The veal bone broth is incredibly rich, creamy and on the heavier side compared to typical broths. The Tuna Yuk Hwe appetizer is supremely fresh with toasted seaweed and a sesame soy dressing ($16). Jeju Noodle Bar was awarded a Michelin star, the first noodle restaurant in the United States to achieve star status. The star is well deserved as their food lives up to its expectations. They are primarily a walk-in restaurant with just a few reservations available on RESY.