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Where can I get the best ramen in NYC?

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I just discovered fresh ramen in Dec '09 and made visiting ramen houses in NYC (outer boroughs included) a priority. In my opinion Ippudo is the best but I suspect that there is a world of NYC ramen out there that I have yet to explore. So far I have been to Minca, Rai Rai Ken, Ramen Setagaya, Zuzu Ramen, Terakawa Ramen and Ajisen Ramen. Are there any others out there I should try? In your opinion who makes the best ramen in NYC?

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  1. I like Menchanko Tei located at 43-45 W. 55th (between 5th and 6th). They also have great dumplings.

    1. We still love men kui tei best compared to Ippudo, minca, setagay and terakawa but have yet to go to menchanko te or rai rai. Recommend the pork broth with extra pork as they have great pork. Their miso broth is ok (minca's may be better) and the special fish broth (see white piece of paper on the wall) is also tasty.

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      Men Kui Tei
      60 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. Thanks for the recommendations! I will check those both out in the next couple of weeks. Please keep the recommendations coming. I want to check out every ramen place in the city in 2010.

        1. I've tried many of the more "upscale" ramen shops, but still haven't found one I like as much as Sapporo, on West 49th near Broadway. Specifically the porky-miso-y Sapporo Special Ramen. It's hearty, earthy, and heavenly on a cold winter's night. A bit of a whole-in-the-wall for atmosphere, but that's part of its charm.

          1. For my money after Ippudo and Terakawa, the only other ramen place worth trying is Santouka at Mitsuwa marketplace in Edgewater, NJ - which also makes tonkotsu style broth. I also like Setagaya when I want something lighter. And I will respectfully disagree re: Sapporo - I've been there a few times and don't care for their oily, tasteless broth and dry, overcooked chashu.
            If you don't mind late night eating, go to Tsukushi - which is not a ramen-ya, but rather a prix-fixe 'home-style' (washoku? Better Japanese-speakers can confirm the appropriate term) restaurant - after 10PM and ask for a bowl of their ramen - at least that's the only time I've ever been able to have it. It's really good - not as heavy as tonkotsu but still rich. I believe it has a higher ratio of chicken stock. Anyway, happy noodling.

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            1. re: snaporaz

              And you can add this to the list of places you may want to try:
              http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

            2. I'm coming up in a month and am looking for excellent ramen. Do any of these places serve natto with their ramen? I had it once in San Fransisco in the '80's and haven't seen it since.

              If not, are any of them near Penn Station?

              1. Trust me, if you are looking for the best ramen in NYC you have to go to Momofuku, 1st ave bet 10th and 11th... it's simply THE BEST!!!
                I hope you try it out, you will keep going back and back ...

                1. I love Sapporo on 49th between 6 and Broadway. I've eaten at many of the ramen shops on the Lower East side and Sapporo is still my favorite. It's cheap, fast, and service is great. Try the menma.

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                  Sapporo
                  152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                  1. Ippudo
                    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA (212) 388-0088
                    Ramen and the hirata pork buns...

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                    1. re: Asumnuthin

                      the Modern is the craziest; I usually like their seasonal ramens.