A glorious confluence of myriad flavors and textures, ramen is more than the sum of its parts. Variations abound, and whether you’re eating it for breakfast (best hangover cure, period) lunch, or dinner, it’s satisfying comfort in a bowl.
There’s a lot of great Japanese cuisine in Brooklyn, but here, we’re dialed-in to places that specialize. A ramen shop’s form usually follows function; the dish is meant to be eaten quickly, while it’s still hot and, as such, limited seating and counter service predominate; a ramen house that can comfortably accommodate large parties is rare.
Before setting forth, you should know that there is, in fact, correct ramen eating procedure, but there is no ‘correct’ bowl of ramen. Some places commit to tradition, some opt to add an imprimatur -- it’s all valid and all delicious. Regardless of flavor profile, each facet of a bowl must be properly prepared so that each component stands up for itself. Our criteria is based on a simple standard applied to the key elements: broth, protein, egg, and, of course, noodles. These are the best ramen shops in Brooklyn.