Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

  • 4.06
  • Superb!
  • Food:4.0
  • Decor:3.7
  • Service:4.0

21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003New York / Manhattan / Union Square  [ Map ]

W Union Sq & 5th Ave

(212) 989-1000

Japanese / Soup$20 - $29

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.5
  • Food: 4.5
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Service: 4.5
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29

Had a wonderful meal at Tsurutontan. The place fills up fast and we're glad we got there early. The cold udon was my favorite due to the elasticity of the noodles. The ones immersed in hot broth was a tad less chewy but still very very good. 

 

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Awesome udon!

    • 4.0

Love at first taste - #mentai #caviar #udon with an #OnsenEgg and #tempura flakes @TsuruTonTanUSA. I know this looks to be a bit of a hot mess, but its mid-mix and I have LITERALLY been waiting months for this udon mecca to open in the old Union Square Cafe space. #TsuruTonTan is a transplant from Osaka and their udon #noodles are made fresh daily in-house with flour from #Japan. This cold #noodle dish had the perfect amount of toothsome bite and chew. Spicy #CodRoe and a sous vide runny #yolk blend together to create a sauce that makes you want to pick up the bowl and lick it clean.

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TsuruTonTan

The insanely popular Japanese noodle chain TsuruTonTan made its United States debut this past fall by dropping into the old Union Square Cafe space on 16th Street.  I'll admit I was biased from day one...anything that pushed out MY Union Square Cafe was terrible and should be shunned.  However after reading some great reviews and finally accepting the true fact that they did NOT push USC out, the landlord did, I jumped at the chance to check it out when Mr. T suggested we dine there.

 First thing to note- this place always has a line.  Even at 5:45 PM we were quoted an hour and 30 minute wait.  We were about to see what else was available when I noticed two spots at the tiny bar up front.  Udon is only served in the main dining room but the bar is a great place to sip some delicious cocktails while you wait.

 

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We were both starving that night so we may have slightly over ordered.  Here’s a rundown of our appetizers:

 

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Creamy Spicy Shrimp Tempura topped with spicy sesame cream and micro-greens.  The tempura batter was so clean and light with an intense nutty flavor from the sauce.  Mr. T loves absolutely loved these.

 

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Seared Wagyu Beef Sushi- not so pretty to look at but quite tasty.

 

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Beef Sukiyaki Buns slow cooked with cucumbers.  These were delicious; tons of flavor in the tender beef with fried crisps on top to give it that satisfying crunch.

 

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Only the Spicy Tuna Tartare Cones missed the mark.  The crispy cone and avocado puree completely over took the flavor of the tuna and all of the textures just kind of ran together.

 

For our main entree the Uni Udon with shiso, nori and uni daishi sauce.

 

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

 

This dish was so silky and rich; the fresh uni melting right into the cold noodles with just a bit of stirring while the sesame and shiso enhanced that salty, bottom of the ocean flavor only uni lovers can fully appreciate.

 

Mr. T and I both loved TsuruTonTan.  The dishes were excellent and the portions were large. We both agreed we could split a hot udon (which were slightly larger) and one appetizer on our next visit and be quite satisfied.  This is an excellent new addition to the Union Square neighborhood and now that USC is back open up the street, everything is as it should be.

 

 

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.5

The ambience, service and food were all excellent! Yes, you have to wait a little but it wasn't bad. If food were served in 5 minutes, that means it's been sitting there.

I could not make up my mind which ones to order - and now that I have eaten there, I would like to come back to try what I have not had but definitely will order the water cake again for dessert.

My first course was the Shisito peppers - perfectly fried and came with a yuzu based sauce for dipping.

I was craving for sushi and I ordered the one with truffle oil. The fish is fresh. If I were having lunch, this could be my main course.

I had to try their homemade soba. The noodle was cooked aldente and I could not stop eating. I ordered the one with Uni and Uni sauce. This is served cold with strong Uni taste.

Dessert was fabulous! There are 4 items for the dessert when j ordered the Water cake.

The water cake comes with a ball of see through soft gelatin that look like a sphere from Star Trek. It is served with a small cup of ground goodness (that's because I really don't remember the name of this powdered thing you sprinkle on top of the gelatin ball). Then, you pour the syrup to as much as you want. Since it also comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you take a scoop of the sphere shaped gelatin which you sprinkled the stuff on and dribbled some of the syrup on, and then take some ice cream or eat a note of each to combine in your mouth. This taste is addictive. The gel is not so sweet.

Whenever I do come back, I definitely will try the udon with tempura and not to miss / the water cake!

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0

Here's come Japanese famous noodle restaurant in NYC. Even though the place was big, It's totally packed. Since they have many kinds of Udon, I needed time to decide what I eat. It was my favorite time. Food was good, I like the texture of Udon. The service was good too. I'd like to come back.
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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 3.1

Their dashi (broth) was good; they do Kansai dashi (I'm from Kansai area in japan, so I like Kansai dashi more than Tokyo dashi :) 

But udon noodle itself wasn't the best. Also it's too pricy for what they offer. 
I ordered 'deluxe udon' had everything on top, tempura, age, beef, etc. $30 incl tip and tax; I thought it was too much. 
Do I come back..? maybe.  Restaurant is new and atomosphere was good; though don't feel like Japanese restaurant. 
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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.6

The first branch of a popular Japanese noodle place in NY! They have not only various kinds of noodles (hot and cold) but also appetizers and different kinds of rice bowels. Everything that I ordered was amazing with high standard. Also service was very good.
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That Uni Udon is very good!!

    • 4.7
  • Food: 4.7
  • Decor: 4.7
  • Service: 4.7
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29

I was fortunate to come here before 6pm one night and lucky me... no wait!

 

Tsurutontan is an establishment that people are familiar with in Japan and they decided to open up their first shop in the USA by Union Square! This place is decently sized and I think there was a lot of hype in the first week as I heard there were crazy waits. There is good reason though, as I feel the food is great.

 

The ambiance and feel of this place was delightful, coupled with the very nice and attentive servers here. She even was promoting how nice the menu looked (which yes, it did look very well done)! There were so many choices of appetizers and different types of udon (hot, cold, traditional, and unique styles), along with some rice bowls if you are actually not feeling udon (but you really SHOULD try the udon, as its KNOWN for it!). Anyways, after careful deliberation, I decided to go for what was apparently their most popular dish, the cold Uni Udon. When I ordered this, you have the option to get the "large" order, which to be honest, is still a very manageable size.

 

Upon receiving my bowl, I have to say that this was one of the best bowls of udon I ever had in the United States. I felt there was just the right amount of sea urchin and flavor in it. What really won me over was a very simple ingredient, the sesame seeds, as it provided a nice mixture of taste. The udon noodles themselves were prepared very well with the right amount of texture. This definitely is illustrated by the fact that the udon is prepared in-house.

 

Maybe I tried their best dish here?!? Who knows, I would have to come back here and try some other bowls of udon... but with how good the Uni Udon is... that will be hard to actually follow-through on that idea.

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0

Since I am a big fan of Tsuru Ton Tan Tokyo, I've been very excited about their opening in NYC. The taste of their hand-cut Udon noodles is as good as one I have experienced in Tokyo. For beginners, don't be panicking when you see the size of the bowl! Yes, it's giant, but the potion itself is normal. Enjoy your big bowl of Udon noodle!

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.4

We tried Sukiyaki Udon and Tsuruton zanmai Udon. They were delicious and wanted to to try Curry, cream, cold udons and more... A bit pricy but it's unique udon spot. Will def come back for other udons :) !!

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.5

The ambience, service and food were all excellent! Yes, you have to wait a little but it wasn't bad. If food were served in 5 minutes, that means it's been sitting there.

I could not make up my mind which ones to order - and now that I have eaten there, I would like to come back to try what I have not had but definitely will order the water cake again for dessert.

My first course was the Shisito peppers - perfectly fried and came with a yuzu based sauce for dipping.

I was craving for sushi and I ordered the one with truffle oil. The fish is fresh. If I were having lunch, this could be my main course.

I had to try their homemade soba. The noodle was cooked aldente and I could not stop eating. I ordered the one with Uni and Uni sauce. This is served cold with strong Uni taste.

Dessert was fabulous! There are 4 items for the dessert when j ordered the Water cake.

The water cake comes with a ball of see through soft gelatin that look like a sphere from Star Trek. It is served with a small cup of ground goodness (that's because I really don't remember the name of this powdered thing you sprinkle on top of the gelatin ball). Then, you pour the syrup to as much as you want. Since it also comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you take a scoop of the sphere shaped gelatin which you sprinkled the stuff on and dribbled some of the syrup on, and then take some ice cream or eat a note of each to combine in your mouth. This taste is addictive. The gel is not so sweet.

Whenever I do come back, I definitely will try the udon with tempura and not to miss / the water cake!

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0
  • Meal Price: $30 - $49

Anytime you come here, will feel it's real Japanese udon. Cannot compare with what you get from deli.
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Fun new place!

    • 4.5
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29

Tsurutontan: NYC's hottest new Japanese restaurant, open merely a week with lines stretching up the block outside to be the first through the doors, is a humble Osaka-based udon noodle house.

 

They are clearly trying to be to udon as Ippudo once was to ramen, and they succeed brilliantly. The decor is wonderful, the staff friendly and well-trained for such a recently opened restaurant. The interior already buzzes with life and a joyous vibe, despite the currently long wait-times.

 

The food: of course, this is the most important thing. Their menu is laid out in a progression from light, traditional udon fare, through heavier, more modern interpretations like sukiyaki udon, through heavy curry- or cream-based offerings, to very modern cold udon dishes. Also available is a substantial offering of various appetizers including sushi rolls, sashimi, and more classic izakaya fare, and donburi rice bowls. A complete list of standard drinks are available, including a small but respectable shochu menu. House cocktails are there too, but I was not able to sample any just yet.

 

On my recent visit we started with a seared salmon sashimi plate that came garnished with ikura roe, fried garlic, and fresh scallions in a sesame and soy sauce. It was fantastic. For the main course I got the American wagyu shabu curry udon, with thick noodles (they offer both the well-known thick udon and a thinner variant, think slightly thick wavy ramen noodles) in the standard size - or about 150g of noodles. This was a very substantial helping, and they will go up to 150g more of additional noodles for kaedama at no charge. I am picky about my curry. This was pretty much perfect, a bit thicker for an udon broth than I am used to but that was just fine. I also got kitsune fried tofu as an additional topping, as I am addicted to the stuff.

 

My partner got the uni cold soba, which came in an light uni sauce and with shredded shiso leaves. She opted for the thinner noodles in this dish and it was reminiscent of uni pasta at some other restaurants. Both regular sized dishes were quite filling, though we chose options at the upper end of their price scale.

 

While it may seem somewhat absurd to pay $24 for a bowl of udon, particularly to Japanese, the quality and overall experience of this very pleasant location offsets that. It is a great place to just pop in for a high-quality bite at the counter, or for a more intimate and quiet date experience.

 

Will be back many more times!

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nykeiko eats: Lots of udon options at TsuruTonTan Udon

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

 

Dave has taken a particular liking to udon lately. Sometimes, it is all he seeks to eat. A few weeks ago, when we were walking around Union Square and walked by

TsuruTonTan

, He read about this place opening a few months ago and was eager to try their their daily made in-house udon. Dave got all excited when he saw there was no line to eat. We got a table right away and marveled at the large selection of udon dishes. You can get your udon with or without soup. You can get curry udon or topped with fancy toppings like caviar or uni. They also offer appetizers and donburi if you're not here for their homemade udons. On the menu, it says you can supersize your udon serving to large at no charge. The waiter warned that we cannot bring leftovers home but wouldn't get charged for not finishing the noodles. We skipped the appetizers and got the large. We were pretty confident we would finish it all. I got a sizzling sukiyaki udon because I read that was pretty decent. Dave got the tempura one. The udon was very good but we don't know if it is worth the price. It was good to try and definitely hit the spot for udon craving.  I admit it was a struggle to finish the large bowl but had help from a third little mouth to feed but next time, maybe we won't both get large. We don't like to waste food!

 

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An unbleached bamboo chopstick? Oh so fancy. Worth a pic.

 

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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0

Visitors from ASIA have heard from their coworkers who have gone earlier than them that there's a famous Japanese udon restaurant in NY, so have took them here.

Seems to be, they loved it.
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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0

Superb! This is a really good place that should be tried.


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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0
  • Food: 3.5
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Service: 3.5
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29
I love this place! The queue can be a pain but if you wait, the noodles will delivery. My favorite is the Mentaiko dish with thick udon! 
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Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 4.0

Noodles were delicious! Appetizers and cocktails were great too. Really enjoyed it.

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    • 3.7
  • Food: 3.9
  • Decor: 4.8
  • Service: 4.4
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29
A great selection of udon dishes. I was supposed by how on point the broth was. But a little overpriced. Will not come here on my own dime. 
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Information of Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

Location
21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003
Cross Street
W Union Sq & 5th Ave
Phone Number
(212) 989-1000
Category
Japanese / Soup
Average Price
$20 - $29 | Dinner
Business Hours
Sun:5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon:5:00PM - 10:30PM
Tue:5:00PM - 10:30PM
Wed:5:00PM - 10:30PM
Thu:5:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri:5:00PM - 11:30PM
Sat:5:00PM - 11:30PM
Occasion
family / friends / business
Dress code
Formal
Reservation
Yes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Credit cards
Yes
Outdoor dining
No
Delivery
No
Takeout
No
Caters
No
Dogs allowed
No
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