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Ramen in NYC

dyltf Jul 2, 2009 04:16 PM

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.

  1. Silverjay Jul 2, 2009 07:35 PM

    What does greenmarket driven noodles mean?

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    1. re: Silverjay
      Slob Jul 2, 2009 08:03 PM

      "What does greenmarket driven noodles mean?"


      1. re: Silverjay
        small h Jul 3, 2009 05:47 AM

        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
          dyltf Jul 3, 2009 06:35 AM

          "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. s
        snaporaz Jul 2, 2009 11:11 PM

        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
          silencespeak Jul 7, 2009 05:33 AM

          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.

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          bern1 Jul 4, 2009 07:42 PM

          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
            bigjeff Jul 7, 2009 01:57 AM

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

            1. re: bern1
              Silverjay Jul 7, 2009 05:53 AM

              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
                Crys Jul 7, 2009 07:20 AM

                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. m
                Mazzer Jul 7, 2009 09:07 AM

                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.

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