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The Best Ramen in New York City

With so many immigrant populations, New York City has diverse dining options from all four corners of the map. The ramen trend has exploded here, and New Yorkers can't get enough of the traditional Japanese noodle soup. Just where are the savviest ramen lovers finding their beloved dish? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve gone through data from thousands of restaurants throughout NYC to present the top eateries according to OpenTable’s most experienced diners. The best ramen in New York appears throughout all five boroughs, from Staten Island to the Upper West Side, and DUMBO to Chinatown. Unpack those chopsticks and book a table for a bowl of steaming ramen in New York.

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8 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:BONDST, Ivan Ramen, Shalom Japan
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Creative Japanese
Neighborhoods:NoHo, Lower East Side, Williamsburg
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BONDST

$$$$
Japanese
NoHo
4.8
2459 reviews
This three-story eatery is beloved for its crispy rice appetizers—both the spicy tuna and Alaskan king crab versions—as well as its sushi rolls and sashimi. Diners looking for the best ramen in New York should look at the noodles portion of the menu, where soups similar to ramen feature soba noodles in a choice of hot broths, accompanied by duck, seafood tempura, or even plums. Be sure to take a seat in the main floor or second floor dining rooms, as the downstairs lounge has a less extensive menu, with no soup.

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Ivan Ramen

$$$$
Contemporary Asian
Lower East Side
4.8
2693 reviews
Although American, Chef Ivan Orkin successfully opened and ran two of the top ramen shops in Tokyo before bringing his expertise back to New York City. Ivan Ramen is his flagshop eatery here, known for ramen noodles made from rye, and not the usual wheat. Waiters in the know recommend the pickled daikon xo to start. Then, choose from a selection of ramen dishes, including pork, vegetarian, and chicken. Don’t miss the Ivan Ramen to Biiru pilsner on the beer list—it’s made by local brewery Mikkeller Brewing NYC exclusively for the restaurant.

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Shalom Japan

$$$$
Creative Japanese
Williamsburg
4.7
567 reviews
Partners Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi serve Japanese Jewish cuisine in a setting that’s typical New York corner café on the outside, but like a warm and welcoming neighbor’s kitchen on the inside. This may be the most fusion cuisine can get. Think sake kasu challa with raisin butter and okonomiyaki pancake made with sauerkraut, Wagyu pastrami, and bonito fish. Diners may smile at the ramen at Shalom Japan, which features a matzoh ball and ramen in a chicken-based broth. Additions include an extra matzoh ball, an egg, or a foie gras dumpling—a far cry from the typical matzoh ball soup.

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Wagamama (Murray Hill - 39th Street)

$$$$
Asian
Murray Hill
4.2
230 reviews
Wagamama’s Murray Hill location is airy and welcoming, with both communal tables and more intimate booths, as well as a few seats outside the main entrance. Wagamama offers a range of healthy Asian fusion dishes, including many vegan choices, and kokoro bowls filled with summer-fresh veggies and proteins. A customer favorite among the ramen bowls here is the short rib ramen, which comes with carrots, snow peas, onion, and sweet potato in a light chicken broth. The kare baruso ramen, with tofu and grilled mushrooms in a curried vegetable broth, is a work of art.

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Zutto Tribeca

$$$$
Japanese
TriBeCa - Downtown
4.5
150 reviews
This neighborhood izakaya restaurant has dished out traditional Japanese fare to the denizens of Tribeca for more than three decades. The generous menu includes everything from sushi and sashimi to steamed buns and ramen, with two entrée plates of NY strip and pan-seared salmon for any potential less-adventurous eaters. The best ramen in New York may just be hiding here, especially when zutto offers 12 ramen choices, and then an additional 16 toppings so diners can truly make the bowl their own.

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Wagamama (Nomad - 5th Avenue)

$$$$
Asian
Gramercy / Flatiron
4.2
560 reviews
Just blocks from the Flatiron Building, this location of Wagamama was the British chain’s first in New York City, and it continues to dish out large portions of its noodle and rice dishes to residents and tourists alike. Among the favorites is the steak bulgogi teppanyaki with marinated sirloin cooked as the diner requests, served atop soba noodles with miso-fried baby eggplant, kimchi, and half an egg. Wagamama’s namesake ramen is perfect for those looking for a bit of everything, as it includes chicken, pork, shrimp, AND mussels in a bowl brimming with umami flavors.

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Yama Ramen & Sushi

$$$$
Sushi
Midtown West
4.4
192 reviews
Those looking for some of the best ramen in New York can find it in the thick of the city’s tourist area—Rockefeller Center. There, Yama Ramen serves an assortment of salads, steamed buns, and Japanese-inspired appetizers in a tastefully decorated space reminiscent of a traditional tatami room. The ramen selection is large and varied, ranging from a spicy kimchee ramen with ground pork to the signature shoyu ramen with a soy sauce broth and choice of either pork or chicken broth base. Diners can add in more meat, vegetables, noodles, and even more broth.

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Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

$$$$
Unspecified
Upper East Side
4.1
140 reviews
High up on the Upper East Side, this cozy restaurant with an open kitchen serves traditional Thai food, as well as other Asian delights (satay skewers, hand rolls, tempura). Bua Thai offers ramen in both Thai and Japanese styles, and its Bua ramen is a customer favorite. This soup features a chicken meatball, spinach, scallions, bean sprouts, cilantro, and a crispy wonton, with add-ons that include duck, shrimp, pork belly, vegetable and tofu, and more. Noodle soup lovers may also want to try the Phuket noodle soup.

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