Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Totto Ramen

Now that the weather is getting cooler and gloomier, there's this one thing that is always on my mind... ramen. 

Looking for a really good bowl of ramen? Got an hour or two to spare? Then get your butt to Totto and put your name on their waiting list. Anyone on the island of Manhattan that vaguely appreciates ramen has definitely heard about the magic that is Totto. 

Their ramen is bomb. It's prepared fresh, it has a nice bouncy bite to it, and it's not too starchy. Their chicken broth is rich and subtle, meaning it isn't severely infused with sodium (it happens) and the soup does not take away attention from the noodle. Furthermore, Totto's char siu is prepared with a handheld blow torch. How gangster is that? Okay, so gangster might not be the appropriate descriptor word in this situation, but blow-torching works for this majestically char-grilled fatty goodness. 

Seriously, I'd be here all the time if it weren't for the extremely limited seating (~15 people?) and extensively long waits. 

Char siu preparation

Char siu

Totto Chicken Paitan Ramen with corn

Totto Ramen
366 W52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

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