Washoku Cafe Is Now Negi-Ya


Japanese bento haven Washoku Cafe has apparently undergone a change in name and management – and it looks like it happened a while ago. You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but it’s is now called Negi-ya.  Although everything looks more or less the same, including the awning- which still says Washoku.

According to the Negi-Ya website, they have been in the space since April, which is about the time that we noticed the addition of ramen to the menu. The menu still includes the sushi and bentos that Washoku was known for, but it looks like Negi-Ya’s focus is on tonkotsu ramen. It’s about soup season, so I expect to be stopping in to try it out in short order.  Early adopters, let us know how it is in the comments.

Negi-Ya, 9 E. 37th St. (btw. Mad+5th), 917-515-0238


  • I work in Herald Square, and this is my #1 ramen spot within the 1/4 mile radius. They have rich tonkotsu, light tonkotsu, miso, and shoyu. Prices for the ramen bowls range from $9.50-10.50, and they’re totally worth it. I’ve had the rich, miso, & shoyu, and I highly recommend the rich tonkotsu ramen.

    Service is very different in the daytime. Once, I ate there at 2pm & had to go up to the person behind the counter to place the order. Then I had to pay on the spot. At nighttime, the waitress actually approaches where you’re sitting & takes your order.

    Difference btwn day & night: service (and ∴ tip/no tip), absence/given glass of water

  • The tonkotsu ramen is good, but the spicy miso ramen is to die for. Not that cheap, but a nice change from the Woorijip noodle bar.

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