I have been holding back on sharing this hidden gem for a while. TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie has been in business over a year, and these Udon specialists are showing no signs of slowing down. The Brasserie located near Union Square is the first location in the United States, but they currently have 13 locations in Japan. Per a restaurant rep they have intentions of expanding to two more locations in NYC in the near future.
In NYC, Ramen and Udon noodle shops are about as common as McDonald’s, and can be found in any neighborhood. TsuruTonTan sets themselves apart with providing their customers with a very diverse menu from your traditional Udon, creamy broth, and a curry broth. Their noodles are made fresh and in house DAILY. When ordering your entree you are given the choice of thin or thick noodles as well. Prices ranges from $15 – $30 for these larger than life sized bowls of udon noodle soup. Save room in your tummy because there is not a doggie bag option. I am assuming it is because Udon is something meant to be eaten immediately after it is prepared.
TsuruTonTan happy hour is all day everyday! There was not a typo with that last sentence, and I suggest you hop on board before they change this promotion. Happy hour is only at the bar and includes some specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and appetizers as well. Bar get packed around 6:30 so get there early to secure your seat at the bar. This is great place to dine solo or with a large group because of the their setup in their dining room.
21 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003