Ramen Kuidouraku to Dollar Pizza at 121 Ludlow

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

121 Ludlow Street is amidst somewhat of an identity crisis at the moment. Seven months after Ramen Kuidouraku opened its Lower East Side location, the cuisine concept has changed dramatically. There are now three different signs outside the storefront with just as many names. The sandwich boards on the sidewalk hawk fried chicken dishes alongside cheap brick oven pizza-by-the-slice, all beneath the Kuidouraku nameplate.

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We stopped by and learned that the new name of the joint is actually Dollar Pizza, and still under the same ownership. Apparently ramen wasn’t really paying the bills, so they’re now attempting a bit of a changeup. Trying to capitalize on the hordes of Ludlow late-nighters.  Oh, and the brick oven is a holdover from the reign of Chickie Pig’s a few years ago.

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Many Yelpers noted a steady decline in quality after opening, with the average rating hovering at three stars.  But part of their business failure might also be attributed to an inability to secure a liquor license.

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