All of the Best Bowls of Ramen in NYC
When the temperature dips, we start craving major comfort food. A steamy bowl of broth and noodles sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Here’s where to slurp up the best bowls of ramen in the city.
This Japanese chain is one of the most popular spots for ramen in the city, boasting two locations – the original in the East Village, and a newer shop in Hell’s Kitchen. They’re known for their rich tonkotsu broth, pork buns, and a long-ass wait.
65 4TH AVE // EAST VILLAGE
321 WEST 51ST ST // HELL’S KITCHEN
American Ivan Orkin opened up his own ramen shop in Tokyo and took over the town with his killer Tokyo shio ramen. His two NYC outposts are among the most popular ramen-yas in the city. Try out Orkin’s original takes on the classic dish, like spicy red chili ramen with chicken broth, or rye noodles with minced pork and a smashed egg, or better yet, breakfast ramen at the Slurp Shop in Gotham West Market.
25 CLINTON ST // LES
600 11TH AVE // AT GOTHAM WEST MARKET, HELL’S KITCHEN
The best place in the city for tori paitan ramen (my fav), which is a creamy chicken broth akin to gma’s chicken noodle soup, is Totto Ramen. They have two midtown locations, and it’s a good thing, too, because they’re always packed with hungry customers.
464 WEST 51ST ST // HELL’S KITCHEN
248 EAST 52ND ST // MIDTOWN EAST
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Perhaps the ramen king of New York – Noodle Bar is what put Dave Chang on the map. Ramens are meat-heavy, with the exception of a pretty stellar chickpea-kale veg option. Don’t miss the buns and Milkbar desserts.
171 1ST AVE // EAST VILLAGE
By day, a yakiniku joint, which is essentially the Japanese version of Korean barbeque, but after hours, Takashi transforms into a ramen-ya at midnight – the delish beef broth simmered for 24 hours and finished with kobe beef and a soft boiled egg. Decadence at its finest.
456 HUDSON ST // WEST VILLAGE
A trio of Morimoto alums opened up this v trendy ramen parlor in Prospect Heights. You can’t go wrong with any of the broths, but the veg ramen is a hit.
552 VANDERBILT AVE // PROSPECT HEIGHTS
New Yorkers from every borough flock to Prospect Heights’ Ganso, whose house ramen is a shoyu broth based bowl with slow cooked pork belly and an egg. Since you’re in Brooklyn, of course, everything is locally sourced.
25 BOND STREET // DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
Hidden up a flight of stairs in Midtown East is one of the few places in NYC to try tsukemen, dipping noodles, where the noodles are served separately from a condensed broth. Hide Chan is always packed with salarymen, so you know it’s legit.
248 EAST 52ND ST // MIDTOWN EAST
Yuji Ramen at Okonomi
A true hole in the wall with only eight seats, Yuji Ramen pops up at Japanese breakfast spot Okonomi from 6pm to 11pm. This is one of the best bowls in the city.
150 AINSLIE ST // WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
A Per Se alum got so much attention for the late night ramen he served out of a Queens bagel shop, that he turned it into an immensely popular brick-and-mortar in Long Island City.
12-09 JACKSON AVE // LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS
From the crew of Sun Noodle, a name you might not recognize but a name whose noodles you’ve definitely slurped, Ramen Lab hosts ramen masters from Japan and beyond for weekend or even month-long residencies.
70 KENMARE ST // LES
An unassuming izakaya in a relavitely dead part of Midtown, Tsukushi turns into a bustling ramen-ya after 10:30pm every night. Be sure to make a reservation to catch the Cinderella story.
300 EAST 41ST STREET // MIDTOWN EAST
A popular chain in Japan that specializes in ramen made with different kinds of miso from around the country has planted its flag in NYC. This is one of the best spots for miso ramen in the city.
129 2ND AVE // EAST VILLAGE
One of the city’s newest ramen parlors is a Tokyo import, serving a long list of delicious bowls. Early word is that it’s the next ramen hot spot.
84 EAST 10TH ST // EAST VILLAGE
Another Tokyo import nestled into Chinatown, Bassanova is known for green curry soup – a tonkotsu base with a little thai flare, finished off with Sun Noodle noodles.
76 MOTT ST // CHINATOWN