The Best Ramen in New York City

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:JeJu Noodle Bar, OIJI, BONDST
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Korean, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Greenwich Village, East Village, NoHo

JeJu Noodle Bar

$$$$·Korean·
Greenwich Village
33 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
This sparsely decorated restaurant in the West Village serves the Korean equivalent of ramen, known as “ramyun.” Under the direction of Chef Douglas Kim, who has years of experiencRead more
90% recommended
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OIJI

$$$$·Korean·
East Village
582 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
OIJI has a warm, cozy atmosphere, helped by one wall of exposed brick as well as dark wooden tables and dim lighting. The chef-owners came to NYC from Seoul by way of the Culinary Read more
98% recommended
Romantic in Manhattan

BONDST

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
1,986 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
92% recommended
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Bessou

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
130 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
From the iced barley tea to the homemade sorbet, the team at Bessou pays attention to every detail of the Japanese meals served here. They take authentic recipes and tweak them witRead more
95% recommended
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Ivan Ramen

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Lower East Side
2,046 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
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 eRead more
93% recommended
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Morimoto New York

$$$$·Japanese·
Chelsea
6,750 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Its red-curtained exterior only hints at the futuristic interior that awaits diners at Morimoto, where the draperied ceiling evokes a tent-like feel and the bathrooms feature heateRead more
91% recommended
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Mu Ramen

$$$$·Asian·
Long Island City
234 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Its nondescript brick exterior makes Mu Ramen easy to overlook, but those who find it get to sample some of the best ramen in New York. This includes the spicy miso ramen, with groRead more
96% recommended
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Shalom Japan

$$$$·Creative Japanese·
Williamsburg
426 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 kitcRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in Brooklyn

Wagamama (Murray Hill - 39th Street)

$$$$·Asian·
Murray Hill
130 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 rangeRead more
100% recommended

Zutto Japanese American Pub

$$$$·Japanese·
TriBeCa - Downtown
71 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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 susRead more
92% recommended
Kid Friendly in Manhattan

Mira Sushi & Izakaya Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Chelsea
576 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Patches of exposed brick and wooden tables add warmth to Mira Sushi & Izakaya Bar, while pops of color from Japanese-themed canvases hint at the playful, but bold cuisine served heRead more
100% recommended
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Wagamama (Nomad - 5th Avenue)

$$$$·Asian·
Gramercy / Flatiron
366 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 riceRead more
92% recommended

Zengo - NYC

$$$$·Asian·
Midtown East
2,255 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Zengo, located in Murray Hill not far from the U.N. or the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, features a handsome, welcoming space replete with wood, black metalwork, and some gorRead more
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Yama Ramen

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown West
132 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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, steamRead more
84% recommended
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San Daniele

$$$$·Japanese·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
17 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quick Bite
Ramen Bar notes that it strives to present real Japanese ramen to its customers, rather than an Americanized version of the noodle soup. To that end, many of the ramens come with aRead more
81% recommended
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Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

$$$$·Unspecified·
Upper East Side
54 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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 ThRead more
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Yahao Asian Cuisine

$$$$·Asian·
Great Neck
9 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Bar Seating
It may be out in Great Neck, but it’s still some of the best ramen in New York. Yahao Asian Cuisine checks all the boxes for suburban Asian restaurant décor, including the requisitRead more
100% recommended
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Tenzan 89

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
Upper East Side
6 reviews
This neon-lit “neighborhood” Japanese restaurant offers both inside and outside seating, and plenty of sushi, from hand rolls to vegetable rolls to specialty rolls. Tenzan offers sRead more
100% recommended
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Ichiba Kitchen

$$$$·Japanese·
Carroll Gardens
2 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Kid-friendly
  • Fit for Foodies
Ichiba Kitchen, in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, serves Korean and Japanese cuisine in an inviting, wood-paneled dining room. The restaurant offers bibimbaps, donkatsus, andRead more
100% recommended
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mokbar

$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
60 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
Mokbar has elevated ramen soup to an art form, with a layering both of flavors and of colors. The restaurant crafts Korean ramens from a Japanese-style tonkatsu broth made from boiRead more
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