Fall’s first frost is almost 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, 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 the last edition of this list almost a year ago. And you won’t be surprised to hear one can now enjoy a bowl while sitting outside, at least until the end of October.
A surprisingly high percentage of our ramen establishments have weathered the COVID-19 storm, with a few exceptions that include the Kuro Obi Kitchen chain, which will hopefully reopen at some point, and the branch of Kogane in Chelsea. (The Kogane in Brooklyn Heights remains open.) Why have ramen-ya fared so well? Perhaps because these noodles are a fundamental comfort food, soothing in times of stress. And stress is something we currently have plenty of.
Here are 26 of the city’s tastiest and most interesting bowls.
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