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What are the very best ramen spots in NYC?

Upvoted by John David and 20 others
12-09 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
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Priya Singh

New York

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Answer found helpful by John David and 6 others

Mu Ramen is out in Long Island City, but if you are a fan of Ramen you need to trek out there to try it even if you are a Manhattanite like me. I'm still having dreams about the broth in Spicy Miso ramen. This place has gotten a ton of hype in the last year, and for good reason. It's the ramen place I recommend to all of my friends.

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Ksenia S

New York City // Provence

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Ksenia S

It's great. And the uni bowl is even better than the ramen imho :)

Reply about 2 years ago

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev

This is really nice place. Ambience is good and staff is very friendly as well.

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Upvoted by Virginie Bereznak and 17 others
65 4th Avenue, New York, NY
Answer found helpful by Jay Thomas and 2 others

The Akamura Modern ramen bowl at Ippudo was a game-changer for me. It's their speciality and in my opinion, the best item on the menu and one of the best ramen bowls I've ever had. The broth is rich and porky and they add lots of garlic and scallion. If you like pork based ramen this is the bowl for you.

This is an aside, but I also think the pork buns here are even better than at Momofuku.

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Upvoted by Carly Liao and 18 others
25 Clinton Street, New York, NY
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Danny Tsai

New York

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Danny Tsai

Software engineer with a food addiction

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 5 others

There's a few Ramen spots I really love, but I would have to put Ivan Ramen at the top of the list. The shio stock is really what makes this so flavorful and delicious, and the chashu pork is tender and cooked to perfection. The classic shoyu ramen is my favorite bowl here.

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Offal, novel, and rustic

Chris Stromblad

Good ramen, small bowl, not inexpensive, long wait. I'd rather make the trip up a few block to Ippudo

Reply over 2 years ago

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Julie Choi

Brooklyn

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Answer found helpful by Andrew Kim

I also recommended Totto, but would definitely second this as one of the best bowls in the city. I feel compelled to go here whenever I'm down in the LES.

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Upvoted by Jocelyn Guest and 15 others
366 West 52nd Street, New York, NY
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Julie Choi

Brooklyn

Dining Adventurist in NYC

Julie Choi

Dining Adventurist in NYC

Answer found helpful by Kayla Chang and 3 others

This is one of my go-to lunch spots in Hell's Kitchen where my office is at. There's usually a crowd at this place, which turns some people off, but it's one of the only ramen bowls in the city I'm willing to put in the wait for. The broth is chicken based, rather than the traditional pork based, and gives the ramen a unique and delicious flavor profile. My favorites here, in order, are the spicy ramen (pictured), the chicken paitan and the char siu pork.

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Upvoted by Marilyn La Jeunesse and 10 others
536 E 5th St, New York, NY
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Thomas Yoo

New York

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Thomas Yoo

New York City born and raised with a passion for fashion and food. Personal photos by Nikon D3000 and Moto X (Camera FV-5)

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 2 others

The Basic Ramen here is the deepest and richest tonkotsu broth ramen you can find in the city! Make sure to get the "special thick" noodles! Grab some of their delicious seared pork gyoza on the side and the bean sprouts or kimchi as a palate cleanse.

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Upvoted by Virginie Bereznak and 6 others
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Waz Wu

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Graphic designer in NYC. Writes a vegetarian focused food blog.

Waz Wu

Graphic designer in NYC. Writes a vegetarian focused food blog.

Answer found helpful by Neha Patel and 4 others

David Chang isn't typically known for offering vegetarian friendly options, but the meatless hozon ramen will impress even the meatiest of meat eaters. Hozon is a fermented product, similar to miso, but made of chickpeas instead of soybeans. The hozon ramen was basically vegetarian tonkotsu. Absolutely amazing. The richest and silkiest meatless ramen I've ever had.

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Upvoted by Kayla Chang and 5 others
70 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
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Thomas Yoo

New York

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New York City born and raised with a passion for fashion and food. Personal photos by Nikon D3000 and Moto X (Camera FV-5)

Thomas Yoo

New York City born and raised with a passion for fashion and food. Personal photos by Nikon D3000 and Moto X (Camera FV-5)

Answer found helpful by Jess Wang and 1 other

Ramen Lab is Sun Noodle's test kitchen and ramen education facility that is run by Shigetoshi "Jack" Nakamura, one of the best ramen chefs in the world! Their menu rotates out, with two selections of ramen and gyoza currently on the menu. Their winter menu had this shoyu ramen based on a recipe dated c.1910, and it was one of the best shoyu ramens I've had the pleasure of tasting on this side of the Pacific!

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Upvoted by Jess Wang and 4 others
456 Hudson St, New York, NY
chris-stromblad

Offal, novel, and rustic

Chris Stromblad

Offal, novel, and rustic

Beef ramen topped with foie gras with crispy beef intestines. Pretty delish if you wanna try a different kind of ramen. They only serve it Friday and Saturday 12am-1am if you are lucky enough to get a reservation.

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Upvoted by Jess Wang and 4 others
18 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
Answer found helpful by Jess Wang

Terakawa is an authentic and casual ramen place. Its not the best ramen in
new york city but its a great place if you are craving ramen and just want a quick fix without the 2 hour wait. All their ramens are in the $10-13 dollar range. Its the perfect place for cheap, delicious ramen!

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chris-stromblad

Offal, novel, and rustic

Chris Stromblad

Unfortunately they closed this little cozy cheap spot down. Where does a young poor man get his ramen now?

Reply about 2 years ago

Upvoted by Kayla Chang and 3 others
191 Pearl Street, New York, NY
nadine-gastronami

Gastronami NYC

New York City

www.gastronami.com

Answer found helpful by Andrew Johnson and 1 other

I'm obsessed with the ramen at Ramen.Co! The Brooklyn Blend is my favorite -- love that savory broth. And the pork belly is SO tender and fatty! I've been there five times in the past 6 months and there's never a line. You can also get the Ramen Burger there -- it was created by Chef Keizo Shimamoto!

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jess-wang

Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

Yes agreed, this is one of the best ramen places, particularly when you don't have the two hour wait!

Reply about 2 years ago

Upvoted by Carey Pruett and 2 others
14 West 4th Street, New York, NY
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Marilyn La Jeunesse

New York City

exploreyourmetro.com

Writer & self-proclaimed foodie

Marilyn La Jeunesse

Writer & self-proclaimed foodie

Whether you're a starving student rushing to eat in between classes or on a 30 minute lunch break, Dojo is the perfect spot for a quick, delicious meal. The ramen shop (which is separate from the restaurant) offers a variety of ramen choices, including vegetable and miso. Get a seat at the bar for an up-front and personal view of your meal being made. The ramen, when fully prepared, is delightfully decorated with an assortment of veggies and meat. It's decently priced and worth the try.

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