Totto Ramen lives up to its pegging as principal of New York’s Ramen scene. Accompanied with the establishment’s tendency to blare jazz standards for the duration of your meal, it’s a colonialist juxtaposition that’s actually tolerable. The broth alone here has become a golden standard of which to compare other establishments’ attempts at similar, soup-based fare.
It is the sort you wish your homemade chicken noodle soup would start off with; a translucent, flaxen, liquid, boasting a prevailing chicken liquor. The noodles which mostly sink, but bob from time to time, are gratifyingly chewy in their uncomplicated way. Standard accompaniments are dried seaweed, scallions, garlic, and slices of chicken. The spicy variation comes with a ladleful of chili oil, infusing each bowl with an energetic kick that’s bound to clear up those sinuses.
In a place where the temperatures are low for most of the year, it is no mystery why many prescribe the precious broth here for the winter chills, or even a broken heart. Sadly, as with any establishment that gets a good write up or two come the crowds and queues of irritability.
366 W 52nd St
(between 9th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019