Those of you who thought ramen noodles only came in prepackaged cups with powdered seasoning and dried out vegetables are totally in need of a reality check. And I'm going to give it to you.
Imagine a big bowls of broth filled with meats or shellfish, noodles, and plenty of vegetables.
Those ramen packets and cups are good in their own right, but they can't do the real deal of noodle bowls justice.
These 7 ramen noodle shops in the city sure can, though, so check 'em out.
1. Ippudo (65 4th Avenue)
You've probably heard about Ippudo... actually, no, you've definitely heard about it.
Come here for savory pork buns topped in a spicy sauce and for the heaping bowls of ramen noodles, topped with amazing pork loin chashu (recommended additional toppings: a poached egg) amongst scallions, mushrooms, sesame, and pickled ginger.
Leave here being all like, "Ohhhhhh, that's what she was talking about in her intro!"
2. Udon West (150 East 46th Street)
A meal at Udon West promises to be both cheap and amazing. I mean, you could very well get a meal here for under $10, but if that's not enough to lure you in, then maybe your palette will be more enticed by the food.
For those not in the know, udon noodles are thicker than ramen noodles, and Udon West has clearly perfected the art of udon noodles.
For starters, Udon West's broth is phenomenal, especially in their fried chicken and curry udon, which is complete with thick strips of fried chicken and garnished with radishes and scallions.
Don't knock it 'til you try it.
3. Ramen Misoya (129 2nd Avenue)
This East Village spot sure has miso broth ramen on lock. Their three broths are inspired by and based on three different areas in Japan, and they are authentic and tasty. The kome miso, made of rice, is rich and flavorful.
The bowl itself is filled with noodles, pork chashu, corn, and scallions. It's a must-have for all you ramen aficionados out there.
4. Minca Ramen Factory (536 East 5th Street)
Minca Ramen Factory is known for their multitude of variations on the classic ramen noodle bowl.
If you're not into pork chashu, you can have chicken chashu! You can also have tofu in place of meat if you're a vegetarian. They also have pork and chicken broth or miso broth, which can be spicy.
So with all those choices, why wouldn't you just go and try them all?
5. Jin Ramen (3183 Broadway)
This West Harlem ramen shop in a small wooden space delivers big spice and flavor in their ramen bowl.
Their spicy tonkotsu ramen bowl is made with creamy, delicious, and spicy pork broth, made from slow cooking pork bone (sounds gross to you? But it's actually so delicious, I promise), and then it is made spicy using two spicy sauces: mayu and sesame paste.
It's killer diller.
6. mokbar (75 9th Avenue)
This Chelsea Market noodle bar doesn't do the standard Japanese ramen, but instead, they explore Korean flavored ramen bowls.
If you like spice, then go for the spicy kimchi ramen bowl. With pulled pork, nori, cabbage kimchi, and scallions inside a bacon kimchi broth (yes, I said bacon), spice lovers of all walks of life will love this dope dish.
7. Momofuku Noodle Bar (171 1st Avenue)
You're probably familiar with Momofuku's Milk Bar desserts and pork buns, but how about them noodles, am I right?
Calling all pork lovers, because Momofuku's ramen bowl is loaded with pulled pork shoulder and pieces of pork belly. Mixed with a poached egg in a broth plus green garnishes, you will think that you just about died and went to pork heaven.
When it comes to ramen broth, oozy egg yolk is the perfect compliment.
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