Noodle options in Williamsburg are certainly not limited, but if you’re looking for udon, Samurai Mama is the place to go. This dimly lit tavern is located on Grand Street between Bedford and Driggs, and both small and large groups can be accommodated without too much of a wait. While udon is the specialty, the sushi and appetizers are also excellent.
The discreet entrance accurately represents the dark yet comfortable interior.
The pork gyoza are delivered sizzling on a cast iron skillet.
The udon menu is extensive though hard to go wrong. Below, the Nikujil kake Udon.
When walking into Nom Wah Tea Parlor, its 1920 origins are easily imagined. The exterior and decor within do not seem to have changed much, and that’s a good thing.
Stick to the specialties: tea and Chinese pastries.
GANSO, in downtown Brooklyn, delivers a no-frills, genuine ramen experience. The discreet entrance and minimalist decor are a suitable canvas for the simple menu, which covers the essentials with a touch of creative indulgence.
The classic open kitchen of a ramen bar, with a twist. The glass enclosure creates an “observation room” feel.
The Spicy Miso Ramen with Inaka miso broth, slow-braised pork shoulder and pork belly, ajitama egg and seasonal greens. The noodles hold their own against the broth, and it’s obvious care is taken in sourcing fresh ingredients.
The GANSO ramen with soy sauce broth, slow-braised pork shoulder and pork belly, ajitama egg and seasonal greens.
The Buta Kimchi Buns with braised pork belly, jalapeño kimchi and spicy mayo (not to be confused with nacho cheese).
The ramen offerings.
25 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
B.B.Q. Fish, Hunan Style at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan in Flushing. A must.
The crowds turned out on the Upper West Side for the third round of street ramen battles.
Contender 1: Ramen Lab
Italian Ramen by Ramen Lab.
Contender 2: Hakkoan
Chan Chan Yaki Ramen by Hakkoan.
Contender 3: Asahikawa Ramen
Shoyu Ramen by Asahikawa Ramen.
Contender 4: Yume Wo Katare
Shoyu Ramen by Yume Wo Katare. This was The Book of Ramen pick (and runner up).
Contender 5: PESU Ramen
Colorful Ramen by PESU Ramen.
Contender 6: JIN Ramen
Spicy Miso Ramen by JIN Ramen.
Contender 7: Tonyu Ramen
Soy Milk & Herb Ramen by Tonyu Ramen.
Contender 8: Tabata Ramen
Dark Men by Tabata Ramen. This took the winning place.
NY is not fun in February, but the Street Ramen Contest is. Check their Facebook page for updates on the date of the final round, which is tentatively scheduled for this bitter month.
Uni Mazeman Ramen step-by-step at the YUJI Ramen Smorgasburg stand in Dumbo.
Thank you Matt for the addition to my international ramen collection.