As the cold weather starts to make its way toward NYC, there’s no better way to warm up than with a hot bowl of ramen. Spicy, savory and always delicious here are the best places to get your ramen fix in the Big Apple.
Ensconced in ever-bustling Chelsea Market, Mŏkbar is the West Side’s go-to spot for Korean ramen. The kimchi bacon broth is a fan favorite along with the classic gochujang pork broth and vegan miso. But whatever ramen you decide on, make sure to accompany it with a side of disco fries—ramen gravy, mozzarella, kimchi, scallion, and nori.
Mŏkbar. 75 9th Ave, New York, NY. (646) 775-1169
What Ramen Lab lacks in size (its bar has only 10 seats) it more than makes up for in taste. With a rotating team of chefs from around the world, the dishes here are always evolving. For those foodies who want to learn the secrets behind their favorite ramen dishes, Ramen Lab also offers cooking classes.
Ramen Lab. 70 Kenmare St, New York, NY. (646) 613-7522
When you’re so good at making ramen that you end up on the latest season of Chef’s Table, you know you’re doing something right. Ivan Orkin turned his love for Japan and food into Ivan Ramen in Tokyo in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Opening his first U.S. location in 2013, Ivan Ramen has become one of the best ramen spots in the country. Try the Tokyo shio ramen with roasted tomatoes and wash it down with an Ivan Palmer—iced barley tea with yuzu lemonade.
Ivan Ramen. 25 Clinton St, New York, NY. (646) 678-3859
A favorite among locals since 2004, Minca has one of the most extensive menus in the city. Thirteen different types of broth from pork to chicken, miso and vegetable ensure there’s something here for every taste. Make sure to order the homemade pan fried gyoza and a side of kimchi to complement your soup.
Minca Ramen Factory. 536 E 5th St, New York, NY. (212) 505-8001