Who doesn’t love noodles! Soba, udon, ramen, mixian, lo mein, chow mein – the list is as long as the city’s many noodle places. Below, I’ve listed my favorites and go-tos, enjoy!
For a comprehensive list, check out the cuisine guide. The bowl in the photo above is Spicy yuzu Tantan from Nakamura.
Shigetoshi Nakamura is considered a ramen god in Japan – he’s been at it for 20 years! You can tell. From the first savory bite, you instantly feel the freshness and bounce of the noodles. The broth is well balanced – the experience is on a whole other level. This is a game changer, and for me, the best bowl in town! I love to order the Truffle Miso here, with an added order of Chashu pork and poached egg. It’s sublime. Unfortunately, they are closed on Sundays and the space is small, you are in luck if you find a space on busy times! Cool, yet relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff. Nakamura NYC, Lower East Side.
JEJU NOODLE BAR
This is an elegant yet hip and friendly restaurant setting, bearing the name of the famous food island in Korea, Jeju. It doesn’t mean it’s expensive, unless you opt for the mouth melting Wagyu Ramyun or various truffle and uni dishes. Jeju Noodle Bar, West Village.
MR TAKA RAMEN & KARAKATTA RAMEN
The Spicy Stamina at Mr Taka and the Spicy Ginger Stamina at Karakatta, leaves you with a memorable ramen experience. One you will return to, time and time again! Both Manhattan locations are young, hip and cool with friendly staff. Mr. Taka Ramen, Lower East Side and Karakatta Ramen, Greenwich Village as well as DUMBO.
LITTLE TONG NOODLE SHOP
I went to Little Tong Noodle Shop to try their speciality, mixian, from the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. A long, thin and round rice noodle. I was blown away by the freshness and texture of this smooth spaghetti-like noodle. It’s not quite like anything I’ve tried before and is a memorable experience. This is more of a elegant table setting, while still remaining low priced and relaxed. Little Tong Noodle Shop, East Village
SOME MORE GOOD PLACES..
Momofuku Noodle Bar has opened in Columbus Circle, along with East Village, both worthwhile a visit. As well as another well known America ramen master, Ivan Ramen at various locations. Jun-Men Ramen Bar is a good choice in Chelsea. Just be sure to check opening hours between lunch and dinner for this location. On the Upper East Side head to Meijin Ramen and on the Upper West Side Jin Ramen. If you like traditionally styled, try outpost Japanese chain Ippudo at different locations. In Chelsea Market, it’s always fun for kids to see the noddles being handmade at Very Fresh Noodles and their signature Tingly & Spicy Cumin Lamb with “biangbiang” noodles, is a crowd pleaser!