NYC's 10 Best Bowls of Ramen

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6. Minca Ramen at Minca -- This place is very old in East Village ramen years, and incites fierce loyalty with its choice of five types of noodles, multiple broth options, and comparatively low prices. The signature bowl features a powerful soy broth, a tea-boiled egg, kelp, and thin noodles. 536 East 5th Street, 212-505-8001


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5. Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya -- No better repast as the winter winds whip the East Village than this spicy bowl of miso ramen. The medium-weight miso is earthy and gritty, the level of heat higher than you'd ever expect, and the kernels of corn a cooling component. Anneal your innards with this soup and you won't regret it. 34 St. Marks Place, 212-387-7959


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4. Powder Snow Ramen at Ramen Misoya -- The pork dropped into your soup is exceptional here, where three types of miso, each associated with a city in Japan, underpin most of the ramens. The restaurant boasts, "Our broth is made with pork born, chicken bone, garlic, ginger, and seaweed kelp." While grating Parmesan on top of ramen and throwing on a big pat of butter isn't unknown, here it's done with greater success, making a really memorable bowl of noodles. 129 Second Avenue, 212-677-4825


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3. Tabata Ramen at Tabata Ramen -- The signature soup at this new Hell's Kitchen noodle parlor features cooked and toasted ramen in the same bowl, with a novel broth thickened with coconut milk and soy powder. Chicken nubs as the protein and raw purple onions are further evidence of the kinkiness of this formulation. You'll find yourself going back a few days later for a second serving. NB: Location behind the Port Authority may be one reason for prices almost 30 percent less than most ramen parlors in town, with no diminution in quality. 540 Ninth Avenue, 212-290-7691


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2. Shiromaru Hakata Classic at Ippudo -- Pork bone broth highly emulsified, and a shade of beige that simply didn't exist before. Noodles slightly firmer than most and thinner, and pickled ginger is an important component of the flavor package. But the premises threaten to overwhelm the noodles, and the Valley of Blackened Trees and Wall of Bowls have become bona fide East Village landmarks. 65 Fourth Avenue, 212-388-0088


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Off-price Ramen Tabata, behind the Port Authority


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wef3fe
wef3fe

I agree Toto is the best.

Az
Az

Minca Pork and soup is amazing so is the pork belly.  Just there last night.

guest
guest

so glad you didn't put Ippudo on this...it's completely overrated and overpriced 

Thomas Zed
Thomas Zed

Japanese people sometimes describe garlic eaters in a pejorative & racist way...They don't have garlic in Japan. So they use it as a way of hating on Chinese. Not that it matters to the goggles of skinny jeans happily slurping away.

Elkukyto
Elkukyto

asheville ,,is gonna have a ramen noodle truck

Vidyoh
Vidyoh

Santouka Ramen in the Matsua grocery in Edgwater has them all beat

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Justin
Justin

Um, oops... forgot to add "the best" in there. 

Justin
Justin

I think Tabata's Tan Tan Men is their spicy pork goodness!

downtownfoodie
downtownfoodie

Totto Ramen got a C rating from the health department. NO THANK YOU.

You should try the Ramen at the newly opened TALDE. Would definitely be on this list.

Pcoleman
Pcoleman

Hey RS,Longtimenoblog. Thanks 4 the list. I've got a lot of slurping to do. In your opinion, how does Setagaya St Marks stack up against Setagaya 1st Avenue from when that place first opened in NYC? That shio bowl is, thus far, my personal best in the city. they opened a short-lived branch in Flushing that was an embarrassment. The wife and I have been wanting 2 try the one on 14th

Vtwelve
Vtwelve

I live around the corner from Toto Ramen and can say that I will never visit that place. I have to move into the street to walk past it because there's always a huge group of people waiting outside. It's like they're waiting on Steve Rubell to come out and invite them in to the VIP room. Wait in line for noodles? Give me a fucking breatk

Nsujf
Nsujf

When I went to Chuko the noodles were significantly overcooked. If you go for lunch the only broth available is chicken, and it tastes like grandma's chicken soup.

Joethree
Joethree

What about some love for Rai Rai Ken? 

ian curry
ian curry

I really couldn't have been happier when Tabata went in around the corner from where I work. It's a solid bowl. Their spice Sutamina ramen and the Miso are also outstanding. 

RICK SHAW
RICK SHAW

Minca is really dope pork...some of the best I've had in town.

JK
JK

Last time I asked you for good ramen, you told me Totto was second best (but close to home). Glad it's made its way up the list!

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gar
gar

Menkui Tei and I know Hide has slipped up recently, but maybe a honorary mention? Also, for vegetarian, got to mention Souen (even though the noodles are often less al dente than preferred). 

Steven Chapman
Steven Chapman

yay Tabata!  surprisingly good and pretty cheap compared to the others.  can't imagine they get that much business from their neighbors though, haha.

Thomas is a Dope
Thomas is a Dope

You're wrong. What a dope. Stop posting your opinions. 

HSStudios
HSStudios

A friend of mine used to call Rai Rai Ken "sweatsock ramen," because that's what the broth always tasted like to us.  I go every few years to give it a chance, always disappoints me.  Dumplings are okay, but greasy.  Chahan is decent also.  My faves are Totto, Ippudo, Minca.  I still have a soft spot for Sapporo in midtown, but prefer non-ramen dishes there lately.

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