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This second-floor branch of a Japanese chain isn’t attractive and appetizers can be skipped, but the ramen bowls are reason to visit. A pork-based tonkotsu ramen is affordable and well-executed, but the specialty dish is Hakata kuro ramen, which is mixed with burnt garlic oil, giving it a dark and murky appearance and a sour taste.

New York

Hide-Chan Ramen

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This second-floor branch of a Japanese chain isn’t attractive and appetizers can be skipped, but the ramen bowls are reason to visit. A pork-based tonkotsu ramen is affordable and well-executed, but the specialty dish is Hakata kuro ramen, which is mixed with burnt garlic oil, giving it a dark and murky appearance and a sour taste.