Most Authentic Ramen in New York City:

Please enjoy the below curated list of Authentic Japanese Ramen in NYC.

Ramen that is not authentic (i.e., what NY resident Japanese would not expect to find back home) are not included. It's like "California Rolls" or other fancy "Special Roll" sushi.. it's not authentic. It doesn't make me homesick, and it's not what I crave.
It might be good, it might be fancy, it might be ... whatever it is, it ain't authentic Japanese Ramen.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ramen Setagaya (1st Ave)

1st Ave Btwen St.Marks/9th St.
(212) 529-2740

One of the better, most authentic ramen places in NYC.

Cash only, come prepared, and hungry.
Shio (salt) Ramen is the house specialty. Savory and complex, it's not just "salt", but a carefully prepared soup.

You can even order "kae dama", a second helping of noodles to put in your soup if you are still hungry. This is another authentic trait sometimes seen in real Japanese ramen joints, especially those that take pride in their soup.

The Tsuke-men (dipping ramen) is, unlike cold soba, dipped in a medium sized bowl of hot rich broth with fatty pork morcels. Tasty, and good for a change, when you're not quite in the mood for the old standard. The salted egg is delicious, soft boiled. I usually get an extra. The gyoza here is ok, not something I'd write home about.

This 1st Ave location is somewhat preferable to the other, Setagaya locations.

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