Kopi Ramen, Greenwich Village
New Yorkers love ramen, so naturally, there are hidden ramen spots throughout the city. (All of the secret late night places I’ve come across serves only serve meat-based broths, which is why I haven’t tried them.) The latest addition is Kopi Ramen, which opened in early December. It’s supposed to be a speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase at Kopi Kopi, but it’s probably not so secret after all given the amount of attention it’s received on Instagram.
Angela and I came here for dinner a couple weeks after they opened, and only about half the tables were filled during peak dinner hours. It’s a casual, comfy space with a woody look that’s typical of ramen-ya. The staff was friendly and cheerful. The menu is a cute booklet with pictures. Kopi is cash only, and it’s handy that they include gratuity in the bill.
We shared with an order of the homemade tofu salad ($7). The tofu was well seasoned and very tasty. Good with the lettuce and tomatoes. I passed on the mountain of bonito flakes even though Angela said the bonito brought the salad together. I’m standing by “fish are friends, not food” and was never a big fan of bonito to begin with.
We got tipsy with a bunch of adorable pandas! This sake ($10) comes in a cute little glass that looks like it’s meant for 5-year olds. I’m not a huge sake drinker, but this was so light, smooth, and cute.
If I’m remembering correctly, I believe Angela got the shio ramen. The ramen comes pretty loaded with toppings, including two thick slices of pork. Whichever ramen it was, she really enjoyed it.
You can ask for a vegetarian broth for the miso ramen ($13). I forgot to ask if the noodles contain egg, but I noticed my noodles were different from Angela’s and they omitted the egg as a topping. Maybe it is vegan. I’ll have to check with them if I ever go back.
My ramen was loaded with toppings: tofu, cabbage, kikurage mushrooms, corn, scallions, bamboo, and nori. The MSG-free miso broth was quite tasty, and I always enjoy lots of toppings. The noodles were okay, not as bouncy as I would like them to be. Overall though, pretty good ramen and a nice addition to the area.
Kopi Kopi is located in New York, New York at 68 W 3rd St and offers a unique fusion of Indonesian cuisine and a variety of coffees, teas at highly affordable prices- and additionally offers a 15% student discount to NYU students. Its overall rating among most reviewers is positive, with well over 90% of its reviews being four stars or higher.
Kopi Kopi is a unique combination of a restaurant and coffee shop that is highly frequented by locals, NYU students, and some tourists that visit the area. It offers a wide variety of coffees, teas, pastries as well as an extensive dining menu at highly affordable prices that are often discounted for students. A popular menu option is the chicken satay with peanut sauce, a traditional Indonesian menu item that comes served with grilled chicken seasoned with spiced coriander, ginger, garlic, lettuce Asian slaw, and tossed in an Indonesian peanut sauce. While most reviewers say that menu options are quite extensive, others say that desert items are slightly lacking on the menu.
The atmosphere at Kopi Kopi is very casual and welcoming to all diners and caters to students visiting from NYU or other schools within the area, as it offers as comfortable and large dining room with strong wi fi connections, and very low noise levels even during busy dining hours.
Service at Kop Kopi is very friendly and servers are known within the area among locals to be very kind and generous to diners. Please be aware that Kopi Kopi accepts dining reservations and reservations are strongly recommended during dinner time hours.