Greetings from NYC! The city that never sleeps, filled with secret places, streets filled with delicious foods.
366 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District
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The wait here during lunchtime on a Friday was about an hour. What a popular ramen house! No secret entrance here though. There was a clip board on the door. You put your name down, and when seats open they call out your name for you to be seated. We put our name down and wandered around the neighborhood. We got seated at the counter seats overlooking where they prepare the ramen. Best seats in the house!
Totto Chicken Paitan Ramen – These straight homemade noodles are cooked al dente style in a whole chicken and premium soy sauce based soup topped with scallion, onion, char siu pork, and a nori.
Both Joyce and I got the Totto Chicken Paitan Ramen with Pork. The best part of the ramen was the broth. The broth was delicious! Could have drank the whole bowl up. They also advertised that they did not use MSG in their broth which was reassuring. I loved the pork! The blow torched really added an extra layer of crispiness with the ramen and the broth. The noodles were a bit harder than I would have liked.
This picture taken from their website. They blow torch their char slabs of boiled pork. It was really amazing watching them blow torch the pork right while we were eating.
The make the broth in the large pots. Three large pots of broth all simmering and bubbling. This is where the magic happens.
I have been to another Ramen house in NYC called Ippudo. Check out my review of Ippudo here. I thought that Totto Ramen had slightly better or maybe comparable broth, but Ippudo had better noodles, toppings, and a more energetic environment. If I had to pick I would pick Ippudo. The upbeat, raging energetic atmosphere of Ippudo cannot be beat.
Happy Ramen smiles!
Stars – 5/5