For serious eaters both here and especially in Japan, ramen noodles are a religion. Here are our favorite spots that have gained some serious slurping traction.
When temps dip, we instantly crave noodles. And, when noodles pop into our heads, we almost always turn to Ippudo. The hip, East Village noodle joint serves up serious ramen like the Akamaru ramen, a bowl of noodles with red miso, black garlic oil, and ivory slices of Berkshire-pork. Ippudo always has a line, but it’s also always worth the wait.
Ippudo is located at 65 4th Avenue New York www.ippudony.com.
Carroll Gardens debuts yet another foodie gem. Located on Smith Street, Dassara Ramen specializes in serving up the staple Asian-influenced dish with a Brooklyn twist.
By taking New York ritualistic combined with forward-thinking concepts and applying them to Japan’s sense of playfulness with food, owner, Josh Kaplan and Chef Marc Giroux have conjured up a ramen menu including items like the Dassara’s Deli Ramen that’s made with chicken broth, matzo balls, Canadian-style smoked meat and poached egg. The deli version of the noodle soup is by far one of Dassara’s best sellers but other takes that have gained slurping traction too are the mushroom ramen and the white clam mazemen which combines Manila clams, parsley, oil cured chilis and scallion pancakes. Even the chicken ramen that you’d suspect would be less adventurous mixes together chicken broth with braised pork belly, rainbow chard and poached egg.