My favorite udon place in NYC is Raku, so when we decided to head to TsuruTonTan, I wasn't sure if their udon would live up to our expectations. As we were led through the spacious restaurant to our seats on the second level, I could feel my stomach getting excited after each bowl of udon we passed. As we sat down, my friend and I both decided on the duck udon in a clear and light dashi broth. When the artisanal bowls were placed in front of us, the aroma from the duck and the broth enveloped my senses. I was extremely satisfied with the handmade udon, and I am so glad I opted for the free upgrade to 200 g. of noodles.
The spicy tuna tartare cones are perfect for sharing. I loved how the tuna exploded with flavor with every bite, and we were all blown away with the contrast in texture from those crispy cones.
A must have app: Spicy tuna tartare cones
If you like tofu, make sure you order their silken tofu, which is one of the creamiest tofus I have ever had. It's unlike your normal agedashi tofu or any other run-of-the-mill tofus you find on menus around NYC. So you'll have to head to TsuruTonTan for this one.
For those with a sweet tooth, all of the the sukiyaki udons (with a soy-based broth) are slightly sweet. The broth infuses into the wagyu, and if you need something to add a bit of richness, get a side of uni. If you love uni and need more than just that little scoop on the side, they actually have a top seller udon with an uni creme broth in addition to the mound of uni on top!
- Make a reservation, especially on the weekend! The restaurant is large, but it's also very popular.
- If you want a space that is a bit more intimate than the main floor, ask for seating upstairs.