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The Sharkiest Ramen in New York: A Quest
There are so many options when it comes to food choices in New York City. The city has all different types of food from many different nationalities and one of the favorites is Ramen. Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that is served in a different type of broth. There are various flavorings and toppings added on top with all sorts of different varieties. These Ramen shops can be found all over the country and world, but some of the best can be found when Dining in New York.
This Ramen restaurant is located on 52nd Street in the heart of New York near Times Square. Totto Ramen stands out from many others because it is off the beat and down an alley. Travel down a few steps and into the tiny restaurant. Sit right up at the counter and watch the chefs prepare the meal. The workers wear head scarves and carefully stir the broth.
The house specialty here is chicken paitan ramen. Chicken is a favorite here, instead of the typical pork stock. There is a spicy version with chile oil seasoned with onion, garlic, dried shrimp, and dried scallions. The miso ramen is also a favorite on the menu.
Minca Ramen Factory
This may be a tiny, cramped restaurant, but they serve up some tasty Ramen. There is no air conditioning and only a few tables here, but there is a bar facing the kitchen for those interested in watching the chef cook. Located in the East Village on East 5th Street in New York, Minca Ramen Factory has four different types of broth and a lot to choose from.
One option to choose here is shoyu. This is chicken and soy sauce with a thick, meaty texture and tasty noodles. There are also dishes with seafood, mushrooms and various chunks of pork. The thin slices of pork are cooked in oil and garlic and the seafood ramen is filled with shrimp, baby conch, squid, and bay scallops. There is also something here called "experimental ramen", meaning the cook will make whatever he or the guest wants.
This restaurant is a little more pricey than most others and there is always a wait, but that is because of the excellent Ramen that can be found here. Located on 65 Fourth Avenue close to Washington Square Park, this establishment is a little more upscale than many of the others.
The noodles, called gossamers, are a little thinner than most. The tonkotsu broth used here is also very flavorful and does not smell of pork like many other broths do. The beef stock is full of flavor with ground pork and garlic.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Located on First Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, Momofuku Noodle Bar offers late night hours on Friday and Saturday until two in the morning. They serve up tasty ramen as well as a bevy of other dishes.
The best option here is the fried chicken noodle bar, which only takes reservations for 4-8 people. This is the tastiest dish at the restaurant. The other dishes change with the time of year it is. The small bowls here start around $8 with the large dishes going up to $22.
Also located in East Village, on 34 St. Marks Place between 3rd Avenue and Astor Place, this restaurant is known for their spicy, nutty noodles. It is relatively small and can get a little crowded, particularly during the peak hours, but the service is very efficient.
There are also cold tsukemen-style noodles with a dipping broth. Great choices include shio and shoyu ramen that are a little lighter with scallions giving the broth a little kick.