Cooling temperatures always make us want hotter foods in order to keep warm. Despite the fact that we’ve both lived in NYC our entire lives, we’re still never fully ready for when fall hits. So when the temperatures started to dip to 40 and below, we headed over to Zen6 for some delicious and warm ramen. Since they’re off the main area in the East Village, you never have to wait for a table or suffer rushed service for lunch. In fact, they even have a lunch special! For $9.50 you get your choice of six of their signature ramen dishes, a small side salad and your choice of six mini sides.
I went with their Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, which features a milky tonkotsu soup base with “umami dama” on top. I went with their thin straight noodles and it was so good! The soup base was very tasty and definitely did not lack in flavor at all. One portion was enough to fill me up until way past dinner – and we ate at 12:30pm! I went with a small side of gyoza, which were crunchy and juicy. The dipping sauce is a bit spicy though, so beware!
The Boyfriend went with their Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen, which features a soy sauce and tonkotsu soup base. He also went with the thin straight noodles. His ramen was a bit more salty than mine but I think it has more flavor. He went with the mini curry rice as his side – the curry rice was pretty good. It’s not one of my favorite curries but it definitely hit the spot and helped fill us up.
Service was attentive throughout despite the fact that it was only one waitress for the entire restaurant. She was very responsive to our requests for hot tea and refills. For all the Yelpers out there, check in on Yelp for a free ice cream bar! I highly recommend Zen6 – the ramen is good, cheap and filling!