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Noodle Cafe Zen

Noodle / Sushi / Japanese

31 St. Mark’s Pl., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-533-6855 /
Sun, Mon: 12pm-11:30pm, Tue – Sat: 12pm-1am

The East Village today is full of Japanese eateries and one of the most popular kinds of Japanese food offered there now is noodle soups. To the Japanese, noodle soups are like mac and cheese, or a nice juicy burger that satisfies the stomach and the soul.  For the past 30 years, Noodle Café Zen in the heart of the East Village has been serving a variety of Japanese noodles from udon to ramen, and they take pride in offering their customers the true taste of Japan.  Owner Mr. Okayama is a noodle fanatic himself, claiming he eats it “at least 4 times a week,” so you know you are in good hands here. There are 17 varieties of noodles one can choose from, ranging from about $9 to $11. But the establishment is not necessarily just about noodles. They have almost every Japanese standard on the menu like sushi and tempura, as well as an array of small dishes like gyoza, and yakitori. With a relatively young clientele, being in the midst of a college town, the restaurant is also known for their extremely kind prices where sushi is always 50% off and Happy Hour starts at 10pm, beer and chuhai (shochu cocktails) are reduced to half-price.

Assortment Roll

It’s all about eating well, and staying within your budget here.
The portions are a good size that will satisfy even hungry, big-eaters. They also provide free delivery to surrounding areas.


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