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oh I been there a lot of times. One of my favorite and simple japanese resturant. My husband took me there once when we first dated. Miss going there, hopefully when I have again I will pig out there.
Momofuku is great and all, and the steamed Berkshire pork buns are incredible, but in terms of ramen, Sapporo is, and has been for years the best and most authentic thing going.
A great sushi place is Kikku, 50 W 55th on the 2nd floor. There are lots of places on that block (btn 5th and 6th) but this one stands out.
I’ve eaten at Sapporo many times; I’ve been going there for over 20 years. The head chef is still the same guy. I recommend:
Katsu Don — must try, it’s very popular in Japan
Miso Ramen (or Special ramen, wich is same thing with more fish cakes)
Katsu Curry — delicious, and fast: order if you’re in a hurry
Many other dishes are delicious, esp. Tan Tan Men, Yudofu, Hyashi Chuka, Sukiyaki.
Oh, and order hot sake — it’s a bargain.
I recommend the Sapporo Special raman. It’s a soy bean based and is, for lack of better words, a conglomeration of all the other ramen on the menu. It comes in that gigantic white bowl they carry around all the time.
If you go around 1:00pm – 2:00pm, there’s almost never a wait.
I’ve been going to Sapporo for years. The soup (I like the miso ramen) and the gyoza are always tasty, and it’s a very inexpensive place to go if you need a quick bite.
I wanted to go to Sapporo for lunch today, only to find the place is closed for renovations.
[…] Sapporo, after being closed for two weeks for “repair work”, finally re-opened this past Friday. While the food at this Midtown Ramen institution is delicious, I always felt like it was on the “dingy” side (especially when compared to Men Kui Teior Menchenkotei)- but with these “repairs” I was amped for a cleaned up version of one of my favorite Midtown lunch destinations. Who knows what they would do? New floors? New Ramen Bar? The possibilities were endless… especially considering what it looked like last Thursday afternoon. […]
I eat Ramen all over New York with my wife (who is Japanese born). I think Sapporo is some of the worst Ramen in NY. Far better options like Menkui Tei and Menchanko Tei (even though it is a chain). Only good thing about Sapporo is its size compared to other Ramen joints.
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[…] In my quest to search out the best Ramen in Midtown, I feel like I’ve gone backwards… Sapporo was first, because it was right next to my office building. A longtime favorite of the area, the Miso Ramen is delicious- but the quality of the ingredients (especially the pork) I found to be less than great. I followed that up with Men Kui Tei, which I found to be a notch above Sapporo. The Miso Ramen was also delicious, but the pork and other ingredients in the soup were of a much higher quality. It probably worked out better this way- because if I had gone to Menchanko-Tei first, I might not have enjoyed the other two as much… […]
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