Since 1971 Souen has been the place in NYC for macrobiotic food; with their main restaurants in Soho and 13th St. This latest Souen is a third of the chain and, thankfully, home to a completely different menu! It focuses on different styles of Ramen (all organic) and Japanese comfort food. Souen 6th St. has fast become a local staple and an easy choice for quality, quantity, and taste!
There are still a few macrobiotic options and the food is definitely “healthy” tasting. If you ware gluttoning for the deep pork of traditional ramen, try Rai Rai Ken on 10th St. If you are looking for dishes being both flavorful and light- with the brilliant upside that you can eat as much as you want without feeling overly full or heavy- Souen 6th St. is the place.
The appetizers are quick and special. Top tastes include the Yuba (tofu skin) marinated in kombu shiitake broth or the “Miso Yuba” (Note: the Miso Yuba is not always in the menu, but available upon request). The Seitan Dumplings are fulfilling and quite good, while the Kimpira – a marinated Burdock root is just crunchy happiness. Another hidden gem is the boring-sounding Maze Rice is actually a delicious side and goes very well with the Burdock Kimpira. The House Salad is surprisingly bountiful and recommended for a bit of green in all the browns.
The specialty of Souen is being able to combine the different Ramen broths (Miso, Black Sesame, Shoyu, or Curry) with your choice of noodles ( Soba, Udon, Wheat, or Rice). There is also a ramen salad and wild seabass ramen, and like at most Ramen places you can add toppings to your choice
There is a special Lunch menu set of ramen plus a side dish
The specials are usually fantastic- I’m hooked on the Brussels Sprouts!
Souen Organic Ramen
212 – 388 1155
326 E 6th Street
(bet 1st – 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY, 10003
12:00 – 23:00 Monday-Friday
12:00 – 1:00am Saturday- Sunday