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Cameron Lisa | Photo: Courtesy Image | September 17, 2013
Jump into fall at the five best ramen bars around the city.
This Hells Kitchen haunt is hidden down a few steep steps in true New York fashion. With enough space for 10-12 people, almost 2,000 Yelpers have agreed that this place is worth the usual two-hour wait. Serving up lunch and dinner, Totto is a cash only establishment. DETAILS No reservations. 366 W 52nd St., 212.582.0052, tottoramen.com
This East Village joint was donned the “mecca” for “mouthwatering” “hand pulled ramen” by Zagat. Recently opening a second location in Midtown West, it’s safe to say a long lunch hour would be well worth it. DETAILS No reservations. East Village: 65 Fourth Ave., 212.388.0088, Westside: 321 W. 51st, 212.974.2500; ippudony.com
If you’re not keen on waiting for 2 hours to indulge on ramen this fall, Menkui Tei in Midtown is your best bet. Unlike many other ramen spots, they are shipping out to-go orders as well. We hear their fried rice is a must-have. DETAILS Cash only. No reservations. 60 W 56th St., 212.707.8702, menkuitei.com
This soup spot is about as mysterious as it gets, and we like it. If you decide to visit them in the West Village, you will only be offered one selection of ramen—they are that confident. DETAILS No reservations. 11 Barrow St., 212.675.7775
Momofuku Noodle Bar
This ramen will be the highlight of your week, but don’t forget to try the pork buns as well. DETAILS No Reservations. 171 First Ave., 212.777.7773, momofuku.com