It doesn’t take much more than an image of delicious noodles to have us craving the warmth of ramen’s savory broth.
Regardless of your broth preference, nothing comforts the soul like a hot bowl of ramen. If you’re looking to slurp down delicious noodles in a flavorful broth we know a few places you may want to check out. From vegetarian options to “triple pork” bowls, here are some of NYC’s most notable ramen spots. We’ve also included a map at the end with more options than what is listed (because NYC is home to too many spots that we just can’t condense into one short list!).
1. Chuko, Prospect Heights
Where: 565 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
What: This vegetarian ramen shop is delicious, even for meat eaters! Be sure to try their miso ramen, it’s made with cabbage, butternut squash, and scallions.
2. HinoMaru, Astoria
Where: 33-18 Ditmars Blvd, Queens
What: If you’re into spicy ramen their HinoMaru ramen is made with their signature “fire ball,” but their miso ramen is also tasty and has over 30 different ingredients!
3. Ichiran, Bushwick
Where: 374 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn (Bushwick); 132 W 31st Street, New York (Midtown)
What: This is the ramen shop you may remember making waves through media a few years ago when they first opened with single-seating options where people could dine with no human interactions at all. However, there is another dining area where you can have a traditional experience, too. Their classic tonkotsu ramen is the only thing they serve, but they’ve pretty much perfected it.
4. Ippudo, East Village
Where: 65 4th Avenue, New York
What: This restaurant first opened in Fukuoka, Japan and has since become a global name. While all of their ramen dishes are amazing, if you’re into spicy food you have to get their Karaka spicy bowl. It’s made with their special blend of spices and topped with pork belly chashu, cabbage, and sesame kikurage mushrooms. Their steamed buns are also tasty, but you won’t be able to take your order to-go so be sure to show up hungry!
5. Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side
Where: 25 Clinton Street, New York
What: We can list Ivan Ramen’s entire noodle menu when it comes to what you should get while there, but if you’re looking for a classic we recommend the Tokyo Shoyu ramen, or if you’re trying to go all out and love garlic the Triple Pork Triple Garlic Mazemen is as indulgent as it sounds.
6. Minca, Alphabet City
Where: 536 East 5th Street, New York
What: This cash-only spot has been around for a while. Choose your noodles (thick, thin, wavy, whole wheat, or bean) and then your broth (there are 12 broken up between pork broth, chicken broth, pork & chicken broth, miso, vegetable, and spicy). It’s wonderfully simple.
7. Momosan Ramen & Saki, Murray Hill
Where: 342 Lexington Avenue, New York
What: Momosan, created by chef Masaharu Morimoto, serves a handful of ramen options but we’d go for the tantan which is made with spicy coconut curry, pork chashu, red miso, ground pork, aji-tama, and cilantro. If you’re nervous about having something spicy, their tsukemen is also delicious. In this dish, the noodles and soup are served separately.
8. Zurutto, Lincoln Square
Where: 142 W 72nd Street, New York
What: Try their Zurutto miso ramen made with organic brown ramen noodles or the Zurutto Kuro made with chicken broth, black garlic oil, scallion, onion, seasoned boiled egg, bamboo shoot, and chashu pork that is sure to warm you up on a chilly day!
9. Nakamura, Lower East Side
Where: 172 Delancey Street, New York
What: Another wonderful ramen shop on the LES, Nakamura has several vegan options on the menu. They even have a truffle miso! Anything on this menu is worth a try.
10. Totto Ramen, Midtown West
Where: 366 West 52nd Street, New York
What: Totto Ramen is known for their chicken-based broth, instead of the more common pork-based broth you’ll find at most ramen shops. If you’re not going alone you may have to wait a bit for a table, but the wait is certainly worth it if you have the time to spare!
11. Jun-Men Ramen Bar, Chelsea
Where: 249 9th Ave, New York
What: Try the Spicy Pork Bone or the Uni Mushroom (dry) with uni, roasted pancetta, porcini butter, truffle oil, fried shallots, scallion, parmesan cheese.
12. E.A.K., West Village
Where: 469 6th Ave, New York
What: E.A.K. Ramen actually first opened in 2008 in Machida City, Japan. Practicing an IEKEI style of ramen, this spot is definitely one to put on your list!
Here’s a map to see if any spots are near you! (Remember that not all of the locations are included on the map)
featured image source: yelp / Phil L.
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