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Jul 2, 2009 04:16 PM

Ramen in NYC

I am heading to NYC and a traveling companion really wants a good bowl of ramen. I've found Rai Rai Ken, Ramen Setagaya, Ippudo and others. The question is pretty simple, what is the best ramen in NYC?

FYI- I have already been to Momofuku Noodle Bar and have noticed that there menu is leaning more towards prix fixe rather than their "Greenmarket" driven noodles.

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  1. What does greenmarket driven noodles mean?

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    1. re: Silverjay

      "What does greenmarket driven noodles mean?"


      1. re: Silverjay

        It probably means ramen made with whatever's available at the Greenmarket that day. Except that I'm pretty sure Momofuku Noodle Bar has never offered this. And I don't see how "prix fixe" and "Greenmarket driven" are opposing terms.

        1. re: small h

          "Greenmarket" driven ramen refers to the fact that their noodles are not traditional ramen, but contain many fresh vegetables and local ingredients, adding up to a tasty, albeit non-traditional, ramen soup.

      2. I like the akamaru ramen at Ippudo - but go for lunch on a weekday or expect a long wait.
        I also like Setagaya.

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        1. re: snaporaz

          Agreed. This is the best ramen dish I've had in New York. It also was ranked #3 in the 2007 Time Out NY Best things we ate this year. The broth is just so ridiculously killer. So fantastic.

        2. I was highly impressed by Sobaya on E. 9th St. The soba are hand-rolled at the front of the restaurant while you wait for a seat and were out of this world good. I had mine with fresh uni and was certainly not disappointed. In my opinion much better than Ippudo, also smaller and less of a 'scene'.

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          1. re: bern1

            you had ramen there? sounds like their cold soba dish (the eel tempura there are gangster).

            1. re: bern1

              Soba and ramen are two seperate, unrelated disciplines....The noodles at Sobaya are fine. Most soba places make their own. I'm not a fan of their broth, which I have, in the occassions I went, found too strong with katsuo and no balanced sweetness.

              1. re: bern1

                As Silverjay mentioned, soba and ramen are two completely different things. Soba is made from buckwheat flour. Restaurant Nippon is known for its soba by soba lovers.

              2. Another vote for Ippudo's akamaru modern. It beats the crap out of all of the other ramen joints in the neighboorhood. Not even close.