1 University Place New York, NY 10003
Ramen Takumi used to be one of my favorite go-to spots for a good bowl of ramen until my recent visit last year.
I was told by my sister that Ramen Takumi moved to a new and bigger location, so one chilly Saturday evening - Will, three of our friends, and I popped in for a visit and to have their ramen for dinner.
It's great that the new location is on a corner because it will attract a lot more customers and it's close to NYU, so a lot of students would be coming here. The space is a lot bigger and roomier for sure. There's a lot more tables and seating area than the original location. However, the vibe didn't feel as cozy as the original location. While we were making our way to our table, there was this heavy deep-fried, artery-clogging scent lingering in the restaurant - what a turn off! It made my hair stink.
The menu expanded. There's a lot more options for appetizers and they even have sushi now. We all ordered a ramen set that came with a small plate of gyoza. They have three types of gyoza: shrimp, pork, and vegeterian.
So the experience at Ramen Takumi wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. The food felt like it lacked just a tad bit of flavor and heart in the food. We weren't "wow'ed" like we used to be. I don't know if we'll be back since I wasn't too fond of my ramen and because of that deep-fried, disgusting scent in the air. They definitely need to improve their ventilation system.
Likelihood to Return: 50%