Ramen is now one of the most popular cuisines among New Yorkers. When I was living in cities other than New York, I regularly was asked by expat friends where to find the best sushi. However, now in NYC, friends and colleagues ask me where to find the best ramen. Recently, some ramen lovers have asked why ramen restaurants are located close by or simply next to each other in Japan. I really had never given it much thought, but it is very common – if you go to larger cities in Japan there are “ramen streets” where ramen bars can be found side-by-side, one after the other. There are various opinions why. But for me, it is convenient if ramen places are located close each other so I can pick one based on the mood of the day. I am curious if this phenomenon will replicate in NYC.
If I had to guess, I would say that 52nd Street East or the East Village would be the most likely be where it would happen. Totto Ramen and Hide-Chan are located in the same building – I even got confused which one was which! In this case, a owner owns these two restaurants. The two shops are focusing on their respective specialties. As I introduced earlier post, Hide-Chan’s focus is pork tonkotsu, while Totto’s specialty is chicken broth.
I ordered a Miso Ramen, which has rich chicken soup, topped with a half-boiled egg, scallion, bean sprouts and onion. You can add some optional toppings. I also had a Char Siu Pork Bun.
Price: Most ramen dishes are priced less than $15, toppings an additional $1-2, and appetizers less than $10
Neighborhood: Midtown East, Midtown West, Hell’s kitchen
No Takeout, No Reservation, No Delivery, Cash Only!