If you’re on the hunt for tasty, relatively healthy and awesome food in the busy bustling city of New York, then you can’t go far wrong with Japanese cuisine, in particular ramen. Several suggestions of varying ramen joints in the city made that clear… so we headed to Totto Ramen on W 52nd St.
After a 20 minute wait and a cheeky pint round the corner, we were hustled to the back of the small 20-30 seater restaurant to a table for 4. The heavy metal rock music was blaring out pretty loud, the open plan kitchen was noisy and super steamy and rain was still bucketing down outside. The atmosphere was full on and intense.
We’d already read the menus and ordered at the door even before sitting down… so the food all arrived surprisingly quickly. Only 3 of us were eating as Mike was still recovering from his dumpling eating contest! Bowls of ramen all round, with a variety of toppings ranging from seasoned avocado (Barry’s fav), bean sprouts, soy marinated soft-boiled egg (my fav) and extra shredded pork (Jamie’s fav). The broth of the Paitan Ramen for their house special is chicken based rather than perhaps a more traditional pork option. It was creamy, fairly opaque and had a beautiful depth, finished with saltiness. The bowl was crammed full of thin straight noodles and had additional meat, nori and scallions. Very affordable food given the portion size!
A side of the Char Siu Mayo Don was a winner too. Sweet, smoky slices of bbq pork over rice with thinly shredded raw scallions (spring onions) and drizzled with an yuzu mayo. Aside from the wait it’s decent fast food and great for lunch or quick stop off… also great as a pre-theatre dinner if you want something quick before Broadway.