Fall’s first frost is upon us, marking the unofficial beginning of ramen season. This New York City phenomenon, kindled in its current form by Momofuku Noodle Bar in 2004 (though there were precursors like Tokyo LaMen in the last century), has faithfully stuck with us, and the city’s enthusiasm for the carefully made wheat noodles in a pork, chicken, or vegetarian broth has only grown. New variations have continued to appear since last year’s list.
And as the pandemic continues, you can still enjoy a steaming bowl outside, which is an added pleasure. Why have ramen restaurants fared so well during this era? Perhaps because these noodles are a fundamental comfort food, nourishing and soothing in times of stress. Here are 29 of the city’s most captivating bowls.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More