This popular Japanese chain’s first foray in the United States is a hit. The greeting the staff yells out in unison is a nice touch. So is the funky design of the place with its retro 1960s furniture. But even without the frills, this is still one of the best places to eat ramen this side of the Pacific Ocean. Choose from one of many huge bowls of steaming noodles and be prepared to be shocked and awed. Melt-in-your-mouth Berkshire pork is intertwined with homemade noodles that float along with various other ingredients (depending on what your order), including ginger and scallions or even tender beef ribs. They don’t take reservations, but the wait is worth every slurp.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM, Monday to Thursday from 05:00 PM to 11:30 PM, Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM, Friday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 12:30 AM, Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Takeout Available: Yes
- Nearest Train: Astor Place