In addition to ramen, the curries are a standout on the menu, taking more inspiration from Thai cuisine rather than more common Indian-style recipes. One of the most interesting is the itame ($12-14 depending on fillings), an aromatic, slightly spicy curry with gluten-free rice noodles, bok choy, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and your choice of chicken, prawns, or tofu & veggies, all mixed into a coconut-based sauce that features hints of lemongrass, ginger, mint, and garlic. Mangleshot’s favorite dish of all time is the $14-15 firecracker curry -- made with snow peas, peppers, red chilies, and either chicken or prawns -- which he says packs the perfect amount of spice.
On the brand-new cocktail menu, you’ll find refreshing drinks to pair with all of these savory dishes, like the pink ume cosmopolitan, which gets its name from the slightly sweet Japanese apricot, and the gin and ginger mule, which is lighter but just as flavorful as a typical Moscow Mule.
One last thing to note: You can enter Wagamama at either the Fifth Ave or Broadway location to be served, and we recommend trying to snag a seat on the second floor to get a sweeping view of Madison Square Park.
Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.