The New York Ramen Map
For the third in our series of five guides to New York City’s best eateries by All-You-Can-Eat-Press, we present the New York Ramen Map.
- Founded by Yuki Matsuo, with Jim Datz and Naomi Reis, All-You-Can-Eat-Press is a Brooklyn-based independent publisher that celebrates everyday food for everyday people.
- From Kyushu, Japan, Yuki grew up with ramen as her soul food and for the Ramen Map, she slurped her way across the city, to try every ramen shop in New York.
- All-You-Can-Eat-Press have featured 33 of the city’s most sincere and delicious noodle shops, plus a history of ramen, glossary and regional map of ramen across Japan.
- Before we begin, ramen etiquette:
- 1. Ramen is not meant for sharing, please order your own bowl.
- 2. To savour the pure flavour of the broth, taste first before adding extra sauce or spices. Then, add extras as you wish and dig in.
- 3. Ramen is time-sensitive, so once it is served, eat quickly before the noodles get soft.
- 4. The proper way to eat ramen is to slurp it up loudly, don’t be shy!
- 5. If you love the soup, show your appreciation with an empty bowl.
Rai Rai Ken
"This shop was one of the first to bring the ramen boom to the East VIllage in 2001, in a tiny, counter-only space that evoked the feel of the movie Tampopo. Named after the first ramen shop in Tokyo, they’ve since moved to a larger, modern space nearby, but do not worry, they still serve the same authentic Ramen. Try the classic Shoyu Ramen!" 218 E.10th Street, East Village
"The only miso ramen speciality shop in New York, using three kinds of miso in their broth. Kome-miso, the most common, is made with malted rice and has a strong, salty flavour. Shiro-miso is lighter and sweeter and the Mame has a deep flavour of aged beans. Our favourite is the Kome, like Hokkaido-style, with miso-marinated grilled char-siu and miso-flavoured boiled egg." 129 2nd Avenue, East Village
"If you’re a hardcore ramen lover and have been to Tokyo, you will know all abot Kan-nana-dori aka “Ramen Road”. Bassanova is one of the most popular shops on the street, and has now broken into the NY ramen scene. Actually, All-You-Can-Eat-Press collaborated with them and created a date-friendly “Lemon, Black Pepper, Tondaku Ramen”. Thin-sliced lemon cleans up pretty intense pork and garlic broth." 76 Mott Street, Chinatown