One recent day after class, I realized I was running errands on a completely empty stomach (I didn’t pack bento!) and needed to fuel up. No shortage of options in Flushing, I was just very indecisive and finally decided to wander over to the Flushing branch of Ramen Setagaya, my favorite ramen place. I hadn’t had a chance to visit the Flushing location – actually, I’ve yet to visit any location of Setagaya besides the original, because I’m weird like that – so I made my way to Prince Street and discovered the above. Oh. It’s now Ramen Hakata.
I was drawn in by the wireless internet access sign. Woohoo! I can eat my lunch in peace and surf the internet on my netbook. Which I did, and I note here that when I’d finished eating, they cleared my place but didn’t bring me the check until I requested it later. Very nice! It wasn’t busy , but still a nice touch that they didn’t rush me as soon as I’d finished eating.
As for what I ate, a very standard shio ramen – salt broth, my preference – which was satisfying in its own right, though by no means better than Setagaya.
Maybe on par… the noodles with a nice heft to them, the egg floating serenely and the pork, not bad at all. Will it replace Setagaya as my favorite? No. Is it nice to have a ramen place in Flushing and not have to trek to E. Village for my ramen fix? Well… Flushing is still a pain in the butt for me to get to, if only because driving takes 10 minutes but parking is a beeyotch, and taking public transportation takes like 45 minutes despite it being one exit away on the highway…
Yvo says: Happy to have them in Queens… tasty, inexpensive (markedly cheaper than the locations in Manhattan – this with a pretty generous tip came out to $10)… solid. Not destination dining though – that’s down the street at Canton Gourmet, yummm.