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Totto Ramen

Did anyone try the new ramen place opened by the owners of yakitori totto yet? I waited in line for about 5 minutes before my friend and I decided to go elsewhere last night. There place is tiny and has seating for about 10-12 people at the bar. Currently, they are only open for dinner which starts at 5pm. Please let me know what you guys think! I hope to go some time soon. Perhaps when the line is shorter...

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Totto Ramen
366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Bummer! I was really looking forward to this but not with those parameters!

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    1. re: robotcoupe

      The place opened either yesterday or the day before.

    2. There's some coverage on Yelp already, including one idiot who rated it without dining there. Sounds like broth is chicken-based, which should complement Ippudo's tonkotsu option downtown. They also have a konbu broth option, which should satisfy the occassional abominal requests for vegetarian ramen....5pm opening and 12 stools at a bar is de rigeur for ramen shops. I'm sure they'll open for lunch at some point.

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      Ippudo
      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Silverjay

        They're opening a tonkotsu place later in the summer.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Too bad. The rage in Japan are blended broths made up of chicken, pork, and seafood elements. Was hoping to see something like that at some point here.

          1. re: Silverjay

            Hey, you never know what they might do, those wacky Totto people...

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              i went last night. they only have their ramen menu ready, so appetizers won't be ready until July 1. we had the chicken ramen. loved the broth. hard to imagine a chicken based broth can be so aromatic. The noodles are ok - they are not the curly-ish, thcker ones at setagaya or menkuitei. they are straighter and thinner and imo, didn't have the "spring" that i typicaly enjoy.

              For me, the bigger issue is that at $10 a bowl, it's a pretty small bowl. and it's basically noodles, broth and a couple thin slices of pork belly. the belly is deliciously fatty, but still, they were like paper thin sheets. I might try it again, but to me, i'd still rather have setagaya, menkuitei or ippudo.

              oh yeah, by the time i left at 5:45, it was a 45 minute wait.

              1. re: FattyDumplin

                Is it belly? I thought I read somewhere they were using pork cheek. The chicken broth does sound interesting though.

                1. re: ChiefHDB

                  Japanese charshu is usually made from pork shoulder. The menu also has "pork toro" as an option. But "toro" doesn't necessarily mean belly.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    the texture seemed different than the shoulder cuts you get at ramen shops. definitely more unctuous.

                  2. re: ChiefHDB

                    Just read the yelp posts...god I hate that site. I wish I could do more than make sarcastic funny/useful/cool clicks on people's stupid posts.

                    I any event, I'll probably wait till they open for lunch to check it out. Shockingly, I'm not really craving ramen in 90+ degree heat.

                    1. re: ChiefHDB

                      i did see that they don't plan to open for lunch until they establish the business. given the wait we saw yesterday and i heard today was also 1 hr + by 7PM, then it won't take long to open for lunch.

                    2. re: ChiefHDB

                      it says toro, so i just called it belly. it's a thin slice and i kind of gobbled it, but i think i remember layers of meet and fat, like belly.

          2. Thanks for all the feedback. I'm waiting for them to open for lunch too. I was hoping no one would dare to eat ramen in a hot and humid summer day in NYC. They better have the A/C on. To me, the noodles are almost as important as the broth. They need to be a little al dente. I'm definitely interested in trying it out this summer. I'll post my review then!

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            1. re: teresa

              Went there last night. Pretty big disappointment, esp for a Totto restaurant. Food is mediocre and the space / location / service sucks. Noodles are better than cup ramen, but not by much.

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              1. I’m picking up on an old thread, but just had lunch at Totto Ramen. I think this place fits right in among the best ramen places in NY. Had the Chicken Paitan Ramen with extra char siu. The chicken based soup was outrageously good. Silky with a deep chicken flavour. Noodles were cooked perfectly. The char siu was wickedly fat and tasty. Not a drop left in my bowl. Service at lunch was prompt and friendly - maybe that's because we were in the first group that went in at the opening for lunch. Best way to beat the lines is to get there early for lunch.

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                Totto Ramen
                366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019