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We decided to go out for ramen in honor of Julian’s birthday. Our quest led us to Terakawa Ramen, located on Lexington Avenue between 22nd and 23rd. We got there pretty late (around 3:30), so the place was mostly empty. We chose a table on the front side of the restaurant and quickly decided on our orders. Marion got the classic Terakawa bowl, which has pork-based soup, thin noodles, chashu pork slices, scallions, ginger, kikurage mushrooms and an egg. I got the Shoyu ramen, which is a soy sauce-based soup with thicker noodles, pork slices, slivered fish cake, scallions, bamboo shoots, kikurage mushrooms and an egg.
All in all, I thought this was a very good meal. My ramen was well-balanced and had terrific flavor. The toppings were traditional and given in the perfect amount. While I admittedly don’t have as much experience tasting shoyu broth, I felt it was very good, with just the right amount of salt and body. The thicker noodles also did a great job of standing up to the soup and I felt that they really pulled the entire bowl together. Marion’s ramen was also really tasty, with a fantastic selection of toppings, and a broth with a rich pork flavor. In this bowl, I thought that the thinner noodles were definitely the right choice as they allowed the aromas and flavors of the broth and other ingredients to shine through. This was exemplified later when Marion ordered a kae dama (and extra serving of noodles) and was given the thicker ones, which was all they had left. These noodles combined with the more intense pork broth proved a little too much. We both also felt that the eggs, while well-prepared (soft center and all) were a little too sweet for our liking.
Terakawa’s overall ambiance is casual, with wooden tables, banners in Japanese and somewhat random signs advertising products associated with classic Americana. The music is mostly old school hip hop and rap, which gives off a trendy, almost hipster-ish vibe. I wish that the kitchen was open instead of separated from the main dining area by a large pane of glass and that the bathroom was more accessible, but these are only minor things. At about 9-10 dollars a bowl, this place is a great value and its quick and friendly service makes it great for a quick lunch or a nice, laid-back dinner. Both of us would definitely go back, as there are plenty of items on the menu and monthly and seasonal specials to try. 3.5 stars out of 5.
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