Mu Ramen

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$31 to $50
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Asian
Mu offers ramen and other recipes prepared with New York influences. Originally starting out as a late-night pop-up eatery in Long Island City, owner and chef Joshua Smookler combines fresh, high quality ingredients into memorable meals. Dinners at Mu Ramen can start with selections from the treats offerings, which include charred edamame, okonomiyaki, tebasaki gyoza and U.N.I. Ramen choices include tonkotsu, spicy miso, and shoyu.

Walk ins are always welcome.
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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and the friendliest service - One of our absolute favorite places in LIC!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had anothing amazing meal at Mu! Tried the tonkansu Black and was very impressed!

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramen is probably the best on the East Coast

DR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service food was great. Friendly environment and quick service. Had the appetizers clams and dinner the Tonkotsu Soup - was awesome!!! Highly recommend this place

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For us, this was a moment we had anticipated for a long time. The eponymous Mu bowl is something to behold and after such a long wait, I was more satisfied than I could imagine.

Appetizers order prior were edamame, Katz's pastrami and rice, and the lobster. All fantastic

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Don’t love the no substitutions, especially asking for no scallions, which should be easy to do.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such phenomenal flavors! If you have a chance to try the original Mu Ramen, don’t pass it up!!!

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back once again at one of my favorite places for another amazing tasty meal!

JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes. The ramen are to die for at Mu. However, do not overlook the delicious burger known as The Harlan. The appetizers are amazing, especially the new Lobster Xo Ochzauke - the lemongrass tea used for the dish is just ridiculously good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best burger in NYC!

h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harlan Burger is Awesome! best Burger Ever!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband says the burger is the best he’s ever eaten. Everything delicious. 1000% recommend.

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a quiet and humble location. The service was great and the dishes innovative. Overall a great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here. Everything is delicious and also unique!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The waitress gave us great detail on some of the highlights of the menu. My girlfriend and I had the Tebasaki Gyoza which was unbelievable, I've never had a chicken wing stuffed w/foie gras and brioche. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. I had the Tonkotsu ramen and my gf had the Spicy Miso. Both were excellent, my favorite will always be the Spicy Miso. The food is a bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, knowledgeable service and the most authentic ramen in NYC. Small menu, but still has lots of good options.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back for another amazing meal at Mu! This time I had the chicken ramen and my friend and I split the steak. Chicken ramen was perfection! The truffle plays very well with the rest of the dish. The steak was perfectly cooked and came with the kimchi fried rice which is a must get!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food at Mu is far above what their prices indicate. Everything on the menu is delicious.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mu Ramen is top five ramen places in the city. Though it seems like they've changed a number of tried and true recipes?

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moved to LIC 2 months ago and this is my favorite spot in town! Working in the industry having 1 night off a week you find spots that make you happy.. this is my spot. The second you walk in the door your greeted with a smile and open arms. Heidi paired my meal with sake to start with the Tebasaki gyoza (deep fried chicken wings stuffed with foie gras and brioche) and red wine to compliment the new steak ssäm dish on the menu that comes with the kimchi fried rice. Joshua is a talented chef and I recommend anyone in the area to stop by and enjoy! My fiancé and I enjoy our Almost weekly meal here! Ps the harlan burger and the spicy miso ramen is out of this world

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small cozy restaurant with an open kitchen. Delicious food and amazing atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The lobster appetizer was incredible, and the ramen is the best we’ve had in NYC

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great serving and really fine food offerings

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the new items on the menu — U&I is always a favorite but the kimchi fried rice and edamame were delicious as well. The chicken shio ramen with truffle was amazing.

AE
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s always amazing. We come here often and it’s always consistent and delicious. Hits the spot every time!! We love the spicy miso ramen. Mu is my favorite in NYC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food not up to usual standards

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Slowly working my way through the whole menu. To this day have yet to have anything I didn’t LOVE. Highly recommend the U&I, Gyoza chicken wings, and Caviar if they still have it!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck broth ramen is incredible. Also the best burger I’ve ever had. The edamame is simple but delicious. The staff knows how to treat their customers. Great experience.

WY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tokotsu ramen was good, love the melty pork. Tebasaki was great. Didn't try other things on the menu because they're way expensive.

j
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

my favorite ramen spot in long island city, I would play better music to really put those Bowers & Wilkins to work.

EW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a funky setting and a very warm generous service 💙

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, my son loves the ramen here!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger is amazing! Perfect to share or take solo if you’re up to it. recommend the edamame to pair as a light snack.

SM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

i love this ramen. it is my favorite ramen in the whole city. However, i do miss their signature Mu Ramen dearly and hope they bring it back soon!

JH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Heard raging reviews about the ramen at this spot. It was okay, not the best ramen i’ve had in New York City and also very small portions. The music level was way too noisy and I couldn’t even hear my girlfriend speak to me at some points during our dinner. Prices at this restaurant is also a little absurd for ramen. Definitely better places in Manhattan!!

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Burger takes 25 minutes to cook and they only will serve medium rare.

EW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Disappointing. We wont go there anymore. Food is fair. But service is sooo poor. Very bad experience. They pushed the table towards the customers. I was stuck in the spot. Soooo uncomfortable!!! It's cash only. However the waitress didn't even bother to give us back the changes. How can they just assume we are giving all the changes which were above 20% tip?!! Sooo rude!

RD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The menu and kitchen remain top notch. Service is going notably downhill. Our food runner was gruff and awkward and seemed annoyed to be working on a Sunday night. Go for high quality ramen, not for a dining experience.

UW
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is amazing. But...our waitress was really unpleasant. Their wine selection is only described as "white", "rose", "red" - it would be nice to know a little more. The red was a mediocre merlot (@$14 a glass) that was served ice cold. I think they sell very little of it (makes sense given it is a Japanese restaurant) but it tasted like it had been in the refrigerator, uncorked, for a while. I ordered an extra for my ramen, the sous vide egg, and it was left out. The server was told due to health code issues, the egg had to be stored in the refrigerator and unfortunately had frozen. But I only found out when I went looking for the egg in the ramen. And it is cash only. The food is great, but not enough to overcome the other major shortcomings.

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