Rai Rai Ken
E. 10th St between 1st and 2nd Avenues (East Village)
Ate here with Ryan after watching the Darjeeling Limited. My first time - I've been sleeping on this spot. It's a tiny space with an equally tiny menu. The ramen choices were shio, shoyu, miso and curry. I chose shoyu (my personal favorite) and was pleasantly surprised. There was spinach in it, which you don't usually see. The broth was pretty substantial and slightly smoky, almost like it was made from grilled meat. And the noodles are probably my favorite right now - thick and chewy.
And at $6.95 a pop, probably the best price so far that I've found. Definitely beats out Setagaya (too salty, too much hype) and Minca (too heavy).