Menya-Gumi Offers Japanese Comfort Food in this Casual Urban Eatery

Published September 22nd 2022
September 22, 2022, New Haven, CT:  Chef Angel Cheng and the Cheng Family first opened their 1700-square-foot Japanese noodle house in New Haven amid the pandemic.  After months of offering just take-out and delivery of their comforting ramen dishes, appetizers, and sandos (Japanese sandwiches), Menya-Gumi opened its doors to welcome customers who were hungry for a modern Japanese dining experience. Today, Menya-Gumi is making its mark on New Haven’s eclectic dining scene
Chef Angel Cheng spent 4 years working internationally throughout Hong Kong and beyond. As an up-and-coming chef, Cheng’s kitchen cred included time spent at Zuma, contemporary Japanese cuisine and robatayaki in Hong Kong, The Ocean by Augustin Balbi, a fine dining seafood restaurant at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong, and Killer Noodle, a Japanese tantanmen shop, a segment of Tsujita, a popular Japanese ramen company in LA.
Menya-Gumi, formerly a poke restaurant, seats 30. An open kitchen adds to the energy in the room. The intimate space is wrapped in original Japanese artwork including a mural by a Cheng family friend from Shenzhen China of a Japanese noodle house with bowl-to-face ramen slurping men, capturing the spirit of Menya-Gumi, which translates into men (noodle) ya (house) gumi (group) – a noodle house where people gather over great food.
Ramen is the specialty of the house.  From the rich and most widely known paitan broth, to the more unique and tantalizing clear chintan broth, Chef Angel Cheng has mastered the art of ramen making, inspired by old school sensibility with a new school attitude. Menya-Gumi features an array of popular Japanese appetizers such as hand-formed pork gyoza with sesame and ginger, kara-age fried chicken, tempura shrimp with wasabi honey mayo, and tebasaki sweet garlic wings. Menya-Gumi’s popular “sandos”, including the fluffy Japanese egg omelet sandwich, and generous “don” rice bowls such as the popular katsu fried pork cutlet and rice bowl. Bubble tea and imported Japanese beer, sake, and spirits round out Menya-Gumi’s menu offerings.
Menya-Gumi offers Happy Hour, Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 PM and 8-9:50 PM featuring reduced-priced menu/beverage pricing. Take-out and delivery: UberEats, GrubHub and SnackPass.
165 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510 | 203-535-0302 | New Website Coming Soon!
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 AM – 10 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM