Food & Drink

The 8 bowls of NYC ramen you need to get right now

Published On 12/15/2013 Published On 12/15/2013
Jeremy Kressmann
Andrew Zimmer
Jeremy Kressmann
Jeremy Kressmann
Suzume
Totto Ramen
Jeremy Kressmann
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1. Bassanova Ramen 76 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

The interior of Bassanova Ramen on the Lower East Side (bordering Chinatown) is decidedly chic and minimalist, but don't let its ascetic decor fool you -- this highly lauded ramen joint doles out bold, intense flavors by the bowlful. The cozy, subterranean space is cash-only, and an open kitchen lets you see exactly how your meal is made. Sidle up to the counter and try its trademark dish -- green-curry ramen with a soft-boiled egg.

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2. Ivan Ramen 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Famed Chef Ivan Orkin is serving up five different rice and noodle dishes at this storefront Slurp Shop. Although you should try them all (immediately!), it's not all ramen here: don't forget about the breakfast buns, pork meatballs, or roasted beets

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3. Ippudo Westside 321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Although the original East Village location of this global Japanese chain has been doling out ramen since 2008, Ippudo's Westside outpost tells its own tale. This Hell's Kitchen slurp shop supplies, among other options, uniquely complex and ultra-rich tonkotsu pork ramen and house-made noodles. Like its East Village sibling, anytime past 6pm means a long wait, but the service is fast, so once you're seated, you shouldn't have to wait too long for your steamed pork bun and fried chicken appetizers to arrive.

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4. Suzume 545 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Finally, a place making cocktails with coconut water! Try Suzume's Ami Thai, which's coconut water, pineapple juice, and rum, or dive into a number of sushi rolls, noodles, or delicious tacos.

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5. Baoburg 614 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This tiny Greenpoint restaurant serves truly eclectic Asian fusion food whose diverse flavors might have something to do with chef/owner Suchanan Aksornnan's pedigree. Born in Thailand, chef Aksornnan learned to cook when she moved to New York as a teenager (her mother owns Chai Thai kitchen and her father owns Ramen Yebisu), then studied at the French Culinary Institute before putting in time at Bar Boulud and Mercer Kitchen. Baoburg puts it all together -- the menu features Thai curries, dumplings, ramen, and dim sum with a European touch.

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6. JINYA Ramen Bar 24 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

JINYA is open for your taking pleasure in their amazing ramens, but they've also got ridiculously good apps and mains, such as shrimp toast and their Kobe beef buns.

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7. Shinobi Ramen 53 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

This cash-only hub is great to cozy up in and order some top-notch ramen.

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8. Totto Ramen 366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Though located in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen, Totto Ramen mimics the atmosphere of a high-volume, lunch-hour ramen shop in Tokyo. Deviating from the standard pork-based broth, Totto touts its penchant for poultry and spice with chicken-based ramen, but fear not, there’s plenty of pork to be had beyond the broth (like in the steamed bun appetizers). There are four staple bowls to choose from, plus a few rotating specials and toppings like poached eggs, bamboo shoots, and kikurage mushrooms. The below-street level spot is open for lunch and dinner, leaving its upstairs neighbor, Hide-Chan Ramen, responsible for the 2am ramen seekers -- but only on Fridays.