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Mar 20, 2013 06:13 AM

Best ramen right now?

Ok I know I'm opening a can of worms here, but what do you think the best ramen in NY is right now?

Ipsedixit asked me this in a thread and I realized I've become kind of jaded about ramen in NY and I've barely been eating it b/c I got disappointed so many times, but I know there are alot of new ramen shops I probably haven't tried, so figured I might as well bring it up and see if there is anything worth trying

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  1. Of course there is no such thing as the best. But the ones on my radar that I haven't been to but would like to try are:

    Jin Ramen in Harlem- has gotten some good comments here
    Hide-Chan Ramen in Midtown East- I've heard mixed reports
    Tabata Ramen in Hell's Kitchen- Run by a Burmese guy who spent time in Japan I believe. Have heard mixed reports.
    Dassara and Ganso- Two shops in Brooklyn. Mixed but generally favorable reports for unconventional soups.

    If you haven't done so already, I recommend trying Kuboya in the EV, Totto in Midtown West, and Ramen Yebisu in W'burg...Yuji Ramen was doing a pop-up in W'burg and Smorgusburg for a while, is now doing a pop up a Whole Foods Bowery, and I guess will open a shop soon. He did a pretty interesting abura-soba last year that used fresh uni....There are supposed to be a couple more other shops in EV at some point as well I read.....And of course Ivan will open sometime soon.

    These are the candidates on top of the usual suspects.

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      1. re: Silverjay

        Have you tried Yuji? Someone emailed me the serious eatsarticle and it sounded interesting

        1. re: MVNYC

          Yeah, I actually commented on that SE thread...I haven't been to this latest incarnation but I ate his ramen a couple of times last year when he did his pop-up stint in W'burg. I had an uni mazemen and another one that I can't remember. The uni one was pretty good and certainly interesting. Nothing mind blowing, but worth a try.

      2. I like both Jin and Tabata and find them better than others since the lines are not so bad (or even any lines) that I can taste the food instead of being starving and wolfing it down. They are both also much more convenient for this UWSer. Minca is quite good but terribly far for me. Totto is, well, Totto... awesome but lines are INSANE. Hide-Chan was my work lunch choice when I worked over there... but I no longer do.

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        1. re: dyrewolf

          haha opposite for me, Jin / Tabata are far from the LES

          1. re: Lau

            Well then, Minca for you my friend.

          2. re: dyrewolf

            How does Jin compare to Totto, which is my go-to place for ramen when in the city.

            If I'm in midtown (London hotel), is it worth the trek to Jin?


            1. re: ipsedixit

              Totto is probably better, Ippudo too.... though not so much... but here's the deal for me... I won't wait 2 hours for noodles except in exceptional circumstances.. so From Midtown West you can be at Jin in 30 min, Tabata in 15 min... it is not such a trek as it is a straight trip on the 1 or a 2/3 to 96 and then the 1 to 125th for Jin... it is literally at the bottom of the steps down from the elevated tracks.

                1. re: dyrewolf

                  Tried Jin tonight.

                  I think if you are a purist regarding tonkotsu ramen, it is better than Totto, but overall I'd prefer Totto (even with the crowds). In fact, in many ways, I prefer the more convivial and sardine-like atmo at Totto.

                  I do, however, like the chicken kara-age at Jin.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    ah interesting, sounds like its worth trying?

                    1. re: Lau

                      Outstanding bowl of porky goodness.

                      But for me, it's not worth the trek if I'm in midtown. It's just not good enough for me to go all the way up to Harlem.

                      Plus, I sort of like the crowd at Totto. Maybe it's because I'm an out-of-towner, but it makes me feel kind of happy to be in the midst of a bunch of hungry, ramen-seeking NYers.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        yah id have to think of a reason to go all the way up there, midtown east i can do since its close to my office or generally fairly easy to get to from the LES, but treking to midtown west or harlem is really far from the LES where i live

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      The chicken kara age is excellent at Jin, I agree. I think it's even better with the cartilage (when they have it) "Nankotsu Kara Age"

                      1. re: plf515

                        That's what I had the other nights. It's like extra crunch fried chicken.

                        1. re: plf515

                          I enjoyed the spicy tonkotsu ramen, steamed pork buns and karaage at Jin.

                2. Totto. Tastes like happiness.

                  Lunch ramen set at Tsushima. Wed and Fri I think

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                  1. re: fooder

                    oh you've eaten at Tsushima? ive always wondered if that was good or not

                    1. re: Lau

                      It got a bit of attention for its lunch ramen set for a while, doing it only 1 day of the week and only about 30 orders. It was shio ramen with a whole scallop in it. Now they do Wed and Fri, one shio one shoyu (I forget which day is which). The shoyu was ok last time I had it. If the shio is still the same I remember it being very good.

                      I prefer the noodles there, which are the springy type. I'm not a fan of the Ippudo type of noodles (which work best with rich tonkotsu), and when I go to Totto I ask for wavy noodles (the ones that come with the miso ramen) for my paiten ramen.

                      It could also be that I was just anxious to find a replacement for Chikubu's Friday ramen lunch, which regularly resulted in a line out the door. I miss Chikubu.

                      1. re: fooder

                        ahh ok interesting, you're the only person aside from yelp reviews that ive talked to that has actually eaten the ramen there

                        1. re: Lau

                          Well if you do try it let me know what you think. The shio is definitely superior to the shoyu from what I remember. And it's a pretty good deal, esp for the area. The ramen itself is like $9.50 with the set being $13.50 (includes a mini rice bowl), and I think it's a $1 off if you get there between 11:30-12.

                  2. Has anyone tried the ramen at Hanjan? I believe you can only get it after 10PM and I'm wondering if its worth it......

                    1. Ippudo recently was a total disappointment. I avoid Totto's lines and frequent Misoya. I like their soy based Hokkaido style ramen. It's consistently good. For me it's the best, because of its consistency and convenience.

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                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                        I don't mind Misoya and have eaten there more than some of these other places. But I just don't find it, for lack of a better word, artisanal, in any way. I don't think they are going for that there anyway, so that's fine. But I prefer the more interesting soup at Yebisu, which is less about scoops of miso and more about an interesting back broth.