The 11 Best Bowls of Ramen in NYC
Ready, set, slurp
You’ve got this whole winter thing down. Cute mittens? Check. Indestructible snow boots? Check. Steaming hot bowl of noodles? Right this way.
Here are the 11 best bowls of ramen to slurp in Manhattan, Brooklyn and beyond.
Good ramen should be authentic, but it never hurts to have a little fun. Cue Tokyo’s Bassanova, which incorporates the traditional tastes of Japanese ramen with the spicy and colorful flavors of Thailand.
What to Order: The Green Curry Soup ($15) with coconut and pork broth, grilled okra, bell peppers, pork, scallops and fried garlic.
IVAN RAMEN (HELL’S KITCHEN, LES)
Chef Ivan Orkin combines his Jewish heritage with his Japanese training (his first ramen spot was in Tokyo) at this new-wave ramen staple.
What to Order: The surprisingly light Tokyo Shio Ramen ($15) with pork belly chashu, roasted tomatoes and soft-cooked eggs.
RAI RAI KEN (EAST VILLAGE)
Cozy seating, rich broth and a fast turnover make this ramen joint a must-go. Perfect for solo eating with a book or a quick bite before a movie, this place is your new winter go-to.
What to Order: Shoyu Ramen ($10)
CHUKO (PROSPECT HEIGHTS)
Everything at this soup sanctuary impresses, but it’s seriously tiny. It can take a while to be seated, so here’s an expert tip: Head to Bar Chuko across the street for snacks and cocktails while you wait. You’re welcome.
What to Order: The Kimchi Ramen ($13) with scallions, egg and ground pork.
IPPUDO (EAST VILLAGE, UWS)
Yes, it’s notorious for hours-long waits, but it’s worth it--each of the bowls of steaming ramen at Ippudo are truly a work of art. (So just stare at other people’s bowls while you’re waiting for your food to come out.)
What to Order: The vegetarian Wasabi Shoyu Ramen ($15) with bean curd, wasabi, menma, nori, tempura flakes and wasabi-infused oil.
MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR (EAST VILLAGE)
Don’t worry guys: This one lives up to its ten years of hype. Chef David Chang is still crushing it, and if you can actually nab a table, it’s a must-try.
What to Order: Go with the old standby--the classic Momofuku Ramen ($17) is a tasty roller-coaster of flavors and textures.
HIDE-CHAN RAMEN (MIDTOWN EAST)
Think you’re a ramen badass? Whether it’s fish eggs, squid ink or the most intense spice you’ve ever tasted, you’ll find something here to feed your sense of adventure.
What to Order: Micromanage your Kogashi Ramen ($15) by specifying the richness of the broth and how the noodles are cooked.
TOTTO RAMEN (MIDTOWN, HELL’S KITCHEN)
Thanks to the dry winter air, you’ve had the same damn sinus headache for the last month. Grab a spicy bowl of broth at this ramen spot and say sayonara, stuffy nose.
What to Order: The Spicy Paitan ($12) is so amazingly spicy, you might start seeing things. Seriously.
NARUTO RAMEN (GRAMERCY, UES, UWS, PARK SLOPE)
These no-frills locations are just the ticket when you want to get in, perch on a stool with a steaming bowl of deliciousness and move on with your day. But they're cash only, so hit up the ATM first.
What to Order: Sip the signature Naruto Ramen ($9) with egg, bean sprouts, scallions, bamboo shoots and roasted pork.
JIN RAMEN (UWS, HARLEM)
This is the real deal, guys. On that sleeting, sludgy day you can barely get yourself out of bed, there’s a warm pot of traditional ramen made entirely from scratch waiting for you.
What to Order: Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen ($14), which cooks for six hours before reaching your table. Damn.
GANSO YAKI (BOERUM HILL)
Let loose and make dinner more fun at this downtown Brooklyn izakaya that specializes in Japanese street food. Pair your noodle bowl with some tasty apps and don’t forget to say hi to the miniature robots chilling by the sake.
What to Order: Yokohama Ramen ($15) with red chili-roasted sesame paste, chicken broth, pork, egg and scallions.