There seems a problem with Japanese Ramen, for in Asia and here I stay clear of Japanese noodle dishes (esp udon), and have always prepare Japanese somen noodles at home, though warm, in a soup. This is the case due to the large portions and heavy feeling one may get from ramen offered at most places, as well as Udon. Somen is a very thin Japanese noodle that have alway been a favored home noo...dle for me, along with fresh southern Chinese noodles.
Kuboya Ramen (536 East 6th Street between Avenue A & B) offers two sizes, the typical size at 10usd and a smaller size (idea for me) at 7usd. This is good, and I other Japanese ramen shops do not get me as a ramen customer simply due to the lage portions and one size.
A plate of spaghetti at the typical restaurant in NYC or anywhere in the US would feed two or even three people with eating habits from eslewhere. This causes someone like myself to forgo food that otherwise is delicious at good restaurants. How I would love to eat some of the homemade ravioli and homemade pasta at many restaurants, but do not, unless I plan on saving it for two or three meals.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg might be able to do something to downsize the serving sizes (and price of course) as US portions may lead to diabities, something that the Chinese call sugar urine sickness: 糖尿病 ( 糖 tang 尿 niao 病 bing).
Which leads me to another point, and that is the use of sugar in cooking. As a rule I have long had no milk or sugar in my home, and according to a book I have recently read called You Are All Sanpuka (三白眼 Sanbaiyan in Chinese ), by the Japanese macrobiotic guru Georges Ohsawa otherwise known as Sakurazawa Nyoiti), these are two very dangerous food items. (search it on line, amazon has it).
A few weeks ago I went to the macrobiotic restaurant called Souen (326 East 6th) and had their soup at 10usd that featured black cod with tofu and other vegetable items. I recommend this place. One really feels good after eating such food, and no chance for the taste of sugar diluting or destroying the flavors. The wings at Bon Chon Chicken, I do not know what is worse, cotton candy or those wings. Thus said, nice atmosphere, and the kimchi on offer is quite good.