Open Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-4:30PM and 5:30PM-12:00AM; Sun 4:00PM-11:00PM
Phone Number: 212 582 0052
Price Range: $15-20 (per bowl)
Address: 366 W 52nd Street
Station: A, C, E 50Street; 1, 2 50Street; B, D, E 7Ave
After a week’s worth of trying different cuisines, we found ourselves inevitably craving some Asian food grub. When given the challenge to identify the best place for ramen in New York, all candidates pointed to Totto…so to Totto we go!
Just as people had warned us, the line outside was looooong and it just got longer as it got closer to noon. Be prepared to take a number and wait if you really want the biscuit. As a party of six, we had to wait even longer, but the waitress was efficient enough to take our orders first before we were even seated.
Within 10minutes to sitting down, our food arrived bowl by bowl.
Our appetizer was the Char Siu Pork Bun.
Yes sir, we’ll have more of this please. Just enough tender fatty glazed with both sweet and savory sauce.
We had the Paitan Ramen with Pork and Seasoned Boiled Egg.
Their signature dish made in al dente style with soy sauce infused soup, scallions, onion and nori.
Here’s the Paitain Ramen with Chicken.
We also had the ExtraSpicy Ramen with Avocado.
Next we ordered the Spicy Ramen.
Soup contains spicy chili oil (rayu), spicy sesame oil paired with homemade noodles al dente style, scallions, bean sprouts and nori.
Lastly, we had the Spicy Vegetable Ramen with Seasoned Boiled Egg.
I can’t speak for the rest of the ramen dishes, but mine had me going after the first bite, which is quite impressive considering the fact that I don’t even like ramen. The veggie option had a Konbu seaweed and shiitake mushroom based broth paired with avocado, veggies, Yuzu paste, sesame oil and spicy chili oil. Never thought avocado would go well with ramen, but the creamy texture meshed well with the chewy noodles that other ramen restaurants in the States can never seem to get right. A bit disappointed that the noodles weren't as spicy as I had hoped, but would definitely recommend to those looking for a lighter option or who want to go meatless.
We also ordered a bottle of Ramune.
Overall, the highlights of this joint include the Char Siu Pork Buns, the rich broth and the delightfully chewy texture of the ramen (something quite rare to find here). As mentioned before, expect a wait and try to come either by yourself or with one other friend. It’s a hole in the wall place (literally almost missed it), but definitely worth trying if you need a warm, simmering fix of Japanese noodles and broth.