Restaurant Review: Tatsu

Details: Located at 167 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Official site is

Score: 7.3/10

Tatsu is a hipster ramen place that serves surprisingly good ramen.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is how the restaurant is set up. There are three electronic tablets setup on the wall where customers can order. Here, you can customize you’re order down to the last ingredient. For example, one of my vegan friends has such a restrictive diet she can barely eat food. She managed to customize her order down to just noodles and garlic. They literally customize it however you want.

In case you’re worried they only take card, there is a human cashier standing near the tablets who will collect cash if you opt for that. It is kind of hassle though and takes an inordinate amount of time because almost no one prefers cash here.

Then you pick your own seats unless the place is packed. If it is packed, the cashier will take initiative and start directing people where to sit and how to sit. There are probably somewhere around thirty to forty seats. The interior is well decorated and definitely convey a clean, contemporary, fast casual atmosphere.

Also worth mentioning is that they sort of don’t and sort of do have waiter service and sort of don’t and sort of do ask for tips. You generally don’t give here tips after you eat, but you can tip when you order on the tablets.

I had the Bold Ramen for $13.50 before tax. It comes with a soft-boiled egg and a choice of pork, chicken or tofu. It was somewhat spicy, though that can be customized when you order. It was surprisingly good and actually rivaled some of the best ramen I’ve had in this city. The pork was great, the broth was great, it was great overall.

Overall, this place is great and I’d love to come again.

Score: 7.3/10

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