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7 Best Bowls of Ramen to Try in New York City

Marco Feng

Carefully made wheat noodles soaked in thick and rich pork, chicken, or vegetarian broth, ramen, this beloved Japanese dish, needs no introduction! October in New York is the ramen season and from time-honored classics to the modern newcomers, the city has a lot of options for you to pick. And In this post, we are going to share them all alongside what to order at each.

1. NR (4.8/5, 100+ Google Reviews, $$)

Located several storefronts away from the bustle of First Avenue, this quirky Japanese bar is the second effort of Shigefumi Kabashima, who also owns and operates ROKC in Harlem. Once inside, you will never forget about this place - marble and wooden tables, blue fringe lamps, paintings, raw brick, random wallpaper, and two long banquettes. Of course, the draw here is the burger, and below are some great ones that won't go wrong.

  • What to order: Kyoto Ramen ($17), Truffle Egg Sandwich ($11), Melty Pork Bun ($8), Sapporo Ramen ($17), and Spicy Fried Chicken Bun ($9).
  • Location: 339 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

2. ROKC (4.7/5, 800+ Google Reviews, $$)

The first solo project from barman Shigefumi Kabashima, who also cooked at Hidechan and Totto, ROKC stands for Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen, and Cocktails. But, their ramen and cocktails are what you will go home talking about. Or I should say the vessels of the cocktail. Yes, each is served in a ridiculous-looking glass, from a light bulb, an eggshell in a bird’s nest, a hollowed-out green pepper, and one with a miniature golf scene on top.

  • What to order: One of their 40 cocktails, Kyoto Ramen ($17), Pork Buns ($8), Spicy Shrimp Bun ($8), Sapporo Ramen ($17), and Yokosuka Ramen ($18)!
  • Location: 3452 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

3. TabeTomo (4.7/5, 350+ Google Reviews, $$)

A waiting time as long as 90 minutes, no reservations will be taken, and $18 per bowl. Yes, it doesn’t sound like this is a great option. But, ramen aficionado has to try it and you won’t regret it. The dedication and effort it takes to make the soup of the ramen make it all worth it.

  • What to order: Tonkotsu Chashu Tsukemen ($19), Karaage ($8), Tonkotsu Tsukemen ($16.50), Tonkotsu Chashu Jiro Ramen ($19), and Salmon Donburi ($19).
  • Location: 131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

4. Kogane (4.7/5, 160+ Google Reviews, $$)

Located far up there in the Brooklyn Heights, Kogane offers nine bowls of ramen, some featuring luxury ingredients like snow crab and lobster, along with noodles made fresh in house daily. There are two types of ramen for you to pick: Tokyo-style or Hakata-style ramen. But, no matter which you get to try, you will be impressed.

  • What to order: Spicy Miso Ramen ($17), Red Tonkotsu Ramen ($15), Tonkotsu Ramen ($16), Ramen Burger ($11), and Parco Ramen ($15).
  • Location: 76 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Karazishi Botan (4.7/5, 50+ Google Reviews, $$)

Fumihiro Kanegae, the master behind the beloved ramen chain Ippudo, started Karazishi Botan in 2020 at 255 Smith Street, between Douglass and Degraw Streets, in Cobble Hill. Ramen, of course, continues to be the focus of his new adventure but is served with a twist - 16-month dry-aged pork, a chicken and oyster soup base, and chicken chashu instead of the traditional pork topping!

  • What to order: Tan-tan Men ($16), Fried Chicken Katsu Burger ($16), Tonkotsu Ramen ($15), and Gamma Green Ramen ($16).
  • Location: 255 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

6. Ichiran (4.5/5, 2,000+ Google Reviews, $$)

There is only one type of ramen served at Ichiran. It is based on a thick pork bone broth, but depending on your preferences, the final ramen can also be very different. Why? Because you can customize the ramen yourself. You can choose the soup’s spiciness and richness, the texture of the noodle, seasonings, and toppings, such as soft boiled eggs, mushrooms, and Chashu (sliced pork), etc.

7. Cocoron (4.5/5, 450+ Google Reviews, $$)

If you ask me where to find the best ramen in Lower Manhattan, I will point you to Cocoron, which was recommended by one of my colleagues. The place is bright and lively, and the menu is covered in manga characters extolling the health benefits of soba. The draw of this shoebox-sized spot is “dipping” soba, where you will get a plate of warm noodles and a little soup pot to dip them in.

And while soba may be the main attraction here, their tofu appetizer and some of the desserts are worthy of trying as well.

Alright! That’s some of the best ramen places we recommend checking out in NYC. Indeed, the Big Apple is home to some of the best food in the world, whether you're in the mood for some steaks, sushi, or burgers, you will find restaurants here that specialize in them. If you visit during COVID-19, wear a mask, maintain social distance, and eat responsibly.

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