Last week, I checked out Wagamama, a London-based Japanese Chain Restaurant, with its first New York City location in Flatiron. The 200-seat restaurant, located near Madison Square Park, is trendy and fun, with a beautifully designed interior.

Supposedly inspired by Ramen parlors in London, the menu at Wagamama offers extensive Ramen options along with a combination of other items traditionally served across multiple Asian countries. After trying the Ramen, in my opinion, it’s not as authentic as some of the Ramen you may find in Koreatown etc., Nevertheless, the Ramen was still very delicious, fresh and creative.

Based upon my first visit to Wagamama, I believe this is a good option for a cheap (under $20) and tasty after work meal in the Flatiron area. I can’t wait to go back and give some other items a try.

Check out some pictures from my first visit below.


Seafood Ramen – (salmon, grilled tiger prawns and yellow sole on top of noodles in a light vegetable broth, garnished with seasonal greens, wakame and sea beans)


Chilli Chicken Ramen – (sliced grilled chicken on top of noodles in a spicy chicken broth. finished with red onion, scallions, bean sprouts, chilies, cilantro and fresh lime)


Chicken Gyoza – (steamed chicken dumplings, served grilled and with a dipping sauce)



Wagamama (Nomad/Flatiron)

210 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Cuisine: Asian, Japanese

Website Here

 

Wagamama Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In a late night run to Koreatown, my dining crew and I were all craving some delicious Ramen. While strolling down 32nd street, we stumbled upon Yupdduk. We took a quick look at the Ramen options on the menu and decided that at midnight, Yupdduk would have to do.

We were pleasantly surprised with our Ramen options. (especially given that this restaurant doesn’t have the best reviews). A few people in my party added chicken to their Ramen, while I ordered Ramen with Dumplings. A few of us were also daring enough to try the spicy broth for our Ramen. While the broth for all of our Ramen was extremely tasty and well-seasoned, we all agreed that the spicy broth was  superior to the regular Ramen broth.

Overall, the restaurant was clean and offered tasty and cheap (under $10) Ramen.  Yupdduk gets a gold star for having a clean bathroom at that time of night. While our quest for the perfect Ramen in Koreatown continues, Yupdduk is a decent cheap, late-night option.

 

Ramen in Koreatown

YUPDDUK (KOREATOWN)

Where: 2 W 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Cuisine: Korean

Price: Average $12 per person

Website here

Yupdduk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato