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A PhD Student at University of Chicago who loves discovering the world and trying new eats! Hope you enjoy!

TsuruTonTan

TsuruTonTan

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.

Duck breast and meatball udon with watercrest

Duck breast and meatball udon with watercrest

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. 

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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.

Left: Silken tofu with chives, bonito flakes and ginger; right: US Wagyu and mushroom sukiyaki udon with enoki mushroom and veggies

Left: Silken tofu with chives, bonito flakes and ginger; right: US Wagyu and mushroom sukiyaki udon with enoki mushroom and veggies

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!

Tips:

  1. Make a reservation, especially on the weekend! The restaurant is large, but it's also very popular.
  2. If you want a space that is a bit more intimate than the main floor, ask for seating upstairs.

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