New #USQEats TsuruTonTan Receives Star From The New York Times


Japanese Noodle Chain Makes Star Entrance to United States

Congratulations are in order for Union Square's newest noodle go-to TsuruTonTan, located at 21 East 16th Street right off Union Square Park. The New York Times' restaurant critic Pete Wells (who really wants you to read his full review as he mentioned on Twitter) gave one star to the udon specialists who mix, knead, roll and cut the dough for their noodles on site - providing "a distinct physical pleasure that will surprise anybody who has had only shaggy, overcooked udon that starts breaking apart before you have a chance to chew it," he says.

He shares that you'll actually find the servers' explanations of how to order helpful, and you'll like it so much that you won't mind you can't take home leftovers....yet (the restaurant is still sourcing a takeout carton they're satisfied with, Wells says).

See below for the summary of Wells' review; however we agree you should really read the full article.

AtmosphereAn attractive modern noodle shop that’s surprisingly uncramped. Servers are very welcoming and helpful.

SoundModerately high at times.

Recommended Dishes Udon: duck, kitsune, nabeyaki, Tsuruton curry deluxe, truffle crème with mushroom, uni, zaru. Appetizers, $6 to $19; udon and rice bowls, $11 to $26.

Drinks and Wine Beer, wine and cocktails. Price $$ (moderate)

Open Daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations Accepted.

Wheelchair Access Part of the dining room and an accessible restroom are on sidewalk level.

What the Stars Mean Ratings range from zero to four stars. Zero is poor, fair or satisfactory. One star, good. Two stars, very good. Three stars, excellent. Four stars, extraordinary.