So, You Want to Open a Japanese Restaurant

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From sushi to ramen, this is all the contacts you will need to get up and running.

All listed in alphabetical order

The Major U.S. Japanese Food Distributors Are:

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JFC International, Inc

“Quality Merchandising and Good Service.”

MTC (Mutual Trading)

Wismettac Asian Foods (Nishimoto)

The Major Japanese Noodle Companies

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Sun Noodle Company

“We are artisan noodle makers. We create fresh ramen noodles and Asian noodle products for top chefs, restaurants and home cooks throughout North America, South America and Europe.”

  • Sun Noodle Company
    • Sun Noodle Hawaii
      1933 Colburn St., Honolulu, HI 96819
      (808) 841-5808
    • Sun Noodle North America (West)
      1505 W. Mahalo Pl., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
      (310) 764-0100
    • Sun Noodle North America (East)
      40 Kero Rd., Carlstadt, NJ 07072
      (201) 530-1100

Kobayashi Noodle USA

Other Noodle/Ramen Supply Companies

There are a number of ramen related restaurants trying to capitalize on the popularity of ramen, but not all of them are currently fully operational in the U.S. (they’re trying to establish themselves).

Tableware to Kitchenware

Both of these two companies are amazing.

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  • Korin: Japanese Chef Knives, Tableware, Kitchenware, and Restaurant Supplies
    57 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
    Tel: 1 (800) 626-2172
    Monday to Friday : 10 AM to 7 PM (EST)
    Saturday : 10am to 6pm (EST)
    Sunday is closed.

MTC Kitchen

  • New York Mutual Trading, Inc.
    77 Metro Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094
    Tel: 201-933-9555
    Fax: 201-933-7791
    Open 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday

Commercial Restaurant Supplies and Equipment

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Culinary Gear

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Who I Recommend (and I can’t recommend them enough):

No matter how much preparation I did prior to calling the above big distributors to not waste their sales reps time (Colorado offices), the service I had been given by the vast majority of these companies was on the level of SUCKING A BIG FAT DICK.

Except there is one distributor that just demolishes them all, and that company is MTC (btw, I am of course not being paid to say this, and I’m sure they would rather pay me not to say anything due to the way I say things).

Not only does MTC answer their phone, they call you back, respond to emails, follow-up to your inquiries, and they go above and beyond – I mean seriously, they go well above and beyond what they need to do regardless if you’re their smallest client (like myself) to their biggest (well assume since I got amazing service as a nobody).

This high level of service holds true with my experience for both MTC Los Angeles and MTC Kitchen.

So I’ll just say MTC is the BEST, and I wish I could do business just with them.

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