A simple bowl of broth with some noodles should be simple, right? But it isn't
Sapporo is said to be the first restaurant in New York to serve genuine Japanese ramen, and though it has been forgotten, it's still one of the better ones even today.
A tiny,. stripped down Ramen joint existing solely to satisfy the bodily needs of NYU and Cooper Union students, Menkui Tei is good, cheap, and utterly without pretension.
Minca has a speciality clientele -- ramen fans who come there specifically for the spicy ramen with roast pork. In a ramen-crazed neighborhood like the East Village it pays to have a niche.
Ramen Setagaya gets a certain amount of disdain from the true ramen nerds of the East Village, which considers it to be something of a fast-food version of their favorite dish. It isn't cool, and it is a mini-chain, but I don't care. I love those noodles.
Who would have thought, when this humble ramen joint opened up a few years ago, that it would launch the career of the biggest mega-star in gastronomy? Not me. But it does serve good ramen, there's no denying that.
The partisans of ramen are fierce indeed. Some love momofuku, others Totto Ramen. That's fine. But you know what? Anybody who thinks there is a better ramen out there, from soup to noodles, should have their head examined. The broth alone here would be worth a trip across town. (I guess I am a partisan myself.)
Ramen nerds are hardcore indeed, and this is the place for them. There is no decor, no space, and no air-conditioning. The menu pretty much consists of ramen, and it's great.
This much-hyped Park Slope ramen shop undoubtedly benefits from its Brooklyn clientele, who reflexively give 30% more credit to their neighborhood restaurants than they really deserve. But that's not to say that Zuzu isn't very good, very authentic, and without question one of the best ramen restaurants in the borugh.
Tabata is a fine ramen restaurant that has the worst location, and the best prices, of any noodle shop in town. If you don't mind slurping in the shadow of the Port Authority, this is the place for you.
Don't call it a hipster ramen place; the owners, former Morimoto employees, are steeped in tradition and just looking to do cool new things. It's not that crazy -- but it is crazy good!
YUJI is a ramen spot so good that New York insisted it find a way to be here. A Smorgasburg pop-up, than a Whole Foods popup, and now in a real home at last, it's providing the city with some of the most exotic (and delicious) ramen in town.