Noodle Nirvana…NYC Restaurant Review

Ready for a delicious, creative, reasonably priced NYC restaurant?!

I did my usual restaurant deep dive when I bought tickets to a show in Chelsea.

Jun-Men Ramen Bar popped up because I read that  offered an Uni dish with truffle noodles…they had me

Jun-Men, meaning pure-noodle, is also the name of the Executive Chef Jun Park whose two favorite foods are fried chicken and noodles. He cut his culinary chops at Jean-Georges and Catch.

You cannot make a reservation at this tiny, attractive 25-seat restaurant on 9th Avenue which is done up in blond wood and black and white graffiti wallpaper.

We arrived at 6pm and secured the last table. Not to worry. The wait on a Saturday night was not that long.

Three kitchen creators are in clear view and in constant motion.

This place is impressive, offering up modernized Japanese small plates and delicious, satisfying bowls of noodles.

We settled in and ordered from the welcoming staff.

We started with refreshing Umami Cucumber Bites made with yuzu aioli, sesame seed and radish ($9).

My husband ordered Crunchy Shrimp Tempura with spicy tobiko mayo which he loved. It was too spicy for me, but I am a renown No Spice Girl ($14).

I ordered the divine Chicken Wings which were crispy, and meaty. I learned that the recipe is from the chef/owner of Chick Chick which is located on the Upper West Side and has earned a Michelin Guide recommendation. They were finger lickin’ good. The wings are double fried and glazed with jun-men sauce ($12).

We passed on Jun-Men’s signature Ramen dishes which looked wonderful.

My husband ordered the refreshing and satisfyingly good Tuna Poke Bowl with ahi tuna, organic quinoa, organic mixed greens, avocado, pumpkin seeds, edamame, zucchini, cucumber, tobiko, seaweed salad, fried onion, lemon aioli and Hawaiian Poke sauce ($19).

My rich Uni Mushroom Bowl (dry as an opposed to the typical ramen bowl) was phenomenal with uni, roasted pancetta, porcini butter, truffle oil, fried shallots, scallion and parmesan cheese ($24).

Beer, sake and non-alcoholic beverages are also on the menu.

As usual, I wish a restaurant like Jun-Men was in my neighborhood.

I will definitely revisit.

Jun-Men Ramen Bar 249 9th Avenue New York City. Dinner daily 5-10pm. Open for Lunch Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-3pm. No Reservations.

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