Best Ramen in NYC

December 14, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Presenting the best ramen in NYC. 

Mu Ramen
Ramen · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Transcendent slurping” lures noodle enthusiasts to this LIC cash-only ramen shop serving “amazing” bowls and “innovative” Japanese apps; unsurprisingly, the “tight” quarters are “often jam-packed” , while the no-rezzie rule causes “daunting” waits.
Ippudo Westside
Japanese · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

“Rich” , “category-defining” ramen and “incredible” pork buns make for “insanely packed” conditions (and “ridiculously long waits” ) at these Japanese joints; digs are “more spacious” in Midtown, while the Village original is “darker” with “interesting” Asian-inspired decor, but expect a “warm” , “shouted” greeting at both.
Ippudo NY
Ramen · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

“Rich” , “category-defining” ramen and “incredible” pork buns make for “insanely packed” conditions (and “ridiculously long waits” ) at these Japanese joints; digs are “more spacious” in Midtown, while the Village original is “darker” with “interesting” Asian-inspired decor, but expect a “warm” , “shouted” greeting at both.
Totto Ramen
Ramen · West 50s · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.6

“Perfectly tender” noodles in “powerhouse” broths draw fans to these “fast-paced” , cash-only joints where you go for the “soul-satisfying” ramen, not the “utilitarian” digs; no reservations lead to “crazy” waits, but no one minds given the “cheap” tabs and “real-deal” grub.
Totto Ramen
Ramen · West 50s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.6

“Perfectly tender” noodles in “powerhouse” broths draw fans to these “fast-paced” , cash-only joints where you go for the “soul-satisfying” ramen, not the “utilitarian” digs; no reservations lead to “crazy” waits, but no one minds given the “cheap” tabs and “real-deal” grub.
Hide-Chan Ramen
Ramen · East 50s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

The sound of diners “noisily slurping” “cooked-to-perfection” noodles swimming in “flavorful” broth provides the background music at this “authentic” East Midtown Japanese ramen joint; alright, the service can be “a bit rushed” and the setting “cramped” , but “low costs” keep the trade brisk.
Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Asian · West 40s · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.6 · Service 3.5

It’s “kind of a dump” , but this West Midtowner is “always packed” thanks to its “excellent” roster of hand-cut noodles, “hearty” soups and “super” dumplings; you’ll have “barely enough table space for the plate” , but the “bargain prices” are “worth the squeeze.”
Chuko Ramen
Japanese · Prospect Heights · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

Prospect Heights’ “ramen of choice” comes with more elbow room now that this Prospect Heights Japanese “favorite” has moved up the block to roomier digs; it ladles out the same “exceptional” pork or vegetarian “slurpers” merging “full-bodied” broths and noodles with “just the right chew” , but now takes credit cards too.
Jin Ramen
Japanese · West 80s · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

“Slurp-alicious” bowls of hand-pulled noodles will “warm you up” at these “inexpensive” ramen shops where the “limited” menu is dispatched in “timely” fashion; the wood-lined spaces are “small and cramped” , so prepare for a “wait at peak times.”
Minca
Ramen · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

There are “no pretenses” at this “traditional” Japanese noodle shop in the East Village, just the “charming simplicity” of “delicious” ramen featuring “rich” , “slurp-worthy” broth, plus gyoza “just like in Tokyo” ; its “tiny” , “basic” space is “perpetually packed” , but “fast” servers keep things on track.
Jin Ramen
Ramen · Morningside Heights · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

“Slurp-alicious” bowls of hand-pulled noodles will “warm you up” at these “inexpensive” ramen shops where the “limited” menu is dispatched in “timely” fashion; the wood-lined spaces are “small and cramped” , so prepare for a “wait at peak times.”