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ONY - New Japanese Noodle Shop in W Village

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ONY - New Japanese Noodle Shop in W Village

Mark M | Feb 21, 2002 10:32 AM

ONY - Western side of 6th Ave, just south of Wash Place.

Same owners as Menchanko-Tei. ONY has a sleek interior and a twist to their menu. The menu states "you choose it we cook it." Basically, you have the option to build your own soup with a base broth of miso, spicy miso, sesame or tomato. From there, the various add-ins include; noodles, rice cakes, kimchi, raw eggs, soymilk skin and salmon or chicken balls. If thats not your style, they offer about 15 soups on the menu (about 8 menchankos).

We started with Edamame, Yuba Chokin - fried tofu patty wrapped with soymilk skin (pieces of crab, shrimp, carrot and edamame inside) and a raw tuna wasabi app...all were decent but no standouts.

We had two soups. My friend ordered the basic Menchanko which was good although the broth didn't seem as flavorful as the 55th st version - the salmon ball was new to me and was quite good. I ordered the Hakata Raman which had a wonderfully rich pork broth and perfect al dente thin ramen noodles (I think they were fresh). The drawback to my soup was the pork - a nice generous portion but unfortunately the meat was overcooked and dry....they had been open for all of 6 days, so it's understandable.

All in all, a good addition to the neighborhood and certainly worth stopping into.

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