I’m kinda into ramen lately, much like the general NYC population. When I heard there is a place that can stand up to Ippudo or Totto Ramen, I made a point to seek out Minca on my day off. I admit, choosing Thursday, the hottest day of the week, to eat piping hot soup in a non-air conditioned room was not the best idea. I say room because the restaurant only seats about 10 people with the kitchen in the center.
It may not sound like a good idea, but the food made up for it. The menu is small. You basically choose between ramen A, B, or C – the difference being the broth. I added a radish salad because I love radishes and don’t see them on a menu all that often. It wasn’t so much a salad as it was an overwhelmingly large stack of chopped radishes with a sesame dressing. It was good, but I had to leave room for the main event. I didn’t understand why there was no section on the menu for add-ins, but once I saw my bowl arrive, I got it. It had everything I could have wanted, including half an egg and bamboo shoots. The pork was super tender and the broth had an incredibly intense flavor. For $10.50 a bowl, this may not only be some of the best ramen, it’s also some of the cheapest.