NYC Hidden Gems: Mei Jin Ramen

August 23, 2017

NYC Hidden Gems: Mei Jin Ramen

One of my favorite Japanese restaurants in the city is Mei Jin Ramen. It's located on the upper east side, on 2nd avenue between 81st and 82nd street. The interior is casual and minimal, with an exposed brick wall, lots of wood and simple Japanese decor. I have an issue with gluten so I can't eat any of their ramen dishes, however my friends and family say their ramen is awesome. Luckily, Mei Jin has many other options on the menu that I can enjoy.

Every time I go to Mei Jin, I get the Baby Arugula Salad. It's made with a crazy flavorful miso dressing, tomatoes, a little slice of radish, and crispy fried onions sprinkled on top. I love this salad so much that sometimes I order two.

For an entree, I typically go with the Crispy and Spicy Sesame Chicken Don. It's basically a big bowl of rice with salad greens and fried chicken on top. They actually used to make this dish with steamed vegetables instead of salad greens, which was much better in my opinion. A few months ago they switched to the salad greens and it doesn't look like they're going back. Even so, this is my go-to comfort food. The spicy sauce on the chicken is incredible and it's not full of sugar like sesame chicken from Chinese take-out restaurants. I also don't feel like total shit after eating this, so that's a plus! Oh, and it comes with a little bowl of miso soup.

Since I visit Mei Jin Ramen so frequently, I'll definitely add to this post over time with more dishes I love.


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