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Totto Ramen
Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen

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366 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019
(212) 582-0052
www.tottoramen.com
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Totto Ramen, better evokes the rustic shops of lunch-hour Japan. Here, a few steps below street level in an alley like space, you can sit up-close at the counter and watch guys in head scarves stir ... Read more
cauldrons of broth and char slabs of boiled pork with a blowtorch for the house specialty, chicken chicken paitan ramen, a rather minimalist soup of chewy egg noodles, scallions, onions, nori and a few tender slices of char sui pork in a deeply chicken-y base

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Houston

I love Totto Ramen, but make sure you bring cash! And if there's a wait, it's pretty worth it.

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Local from New York City

One of my favorite ramen places in NYC! I've always preferred pork broth over chicken, but this place cooks up an impeccable chicken broth.

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Local from New York City

Hands down, this is the best ramen place in the city. The food is delicious. There is usually a wait of at least 20 minutes, unless you get there before they open. Cash only.

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Bellevue

Chicken on one side, pork on the other. How can I choose??? Hard to decide but no waits like at Ippudo.

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Jersey City

Food was excellent but the servers repeatedly insisted to pay 18% gratuity. Why would I pau 18% as gratuity when my bill was only $15. And I was alone.
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Seoul

Best ramen I've had in the states. The line can be long so go alone (lol!) for a better chance to squeeze in at the bar. Say yes to the pork buns. Slurping is encouraged.

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Anchorage

It's some of the most popular ramen places in NYC. The line gets quite long, so hurry if you want a bowl of noodle soup in time. The Mega ($16) was not too pressure but rest of menu ($10) were quite good.

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Anchorage

Outstanding Ramen cooked up and served quickly in this tight space in Midtown West, Hell's kitchen and one other location. This is about as authentic Ramen as you're going to get outside of Japan (and probably beats most Ramen places outside of Fukuoka). Long lines. Plan your visit at a strategic time.

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Local from Brooklyn

Another overrated ramen noodle shop. I do appreciate that they have ramen broth options that aren't just pork based

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Hoboken

Top notch ramen with a rich, flavorful chicken-based broth that's on par with many pork-bone broths. Add char-shu that's literally blowtorched in front of you, and it is a winner.

Bonus tip: Since waits can be long 45min+, head around the corner to Brickyard Gastropub and try one of their many craft beers after writing your name down at Totto.

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Local from New York City

Ramen is truly food of the Gods and Totto Ramen does it right. I love their Mega Ramen which is perfect for any pork lover!

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The ramen there taste great and the soup is rich and flavourful. The pork all tastes fantastic.
Be sure to be there early and write down your name on the paper waiting list. That is how you'll get seated.

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San Francisco

When visiting NYC, you must check out Totto Ramen house for their delicious ramen bowl of goodness. Seriously, this is way better than Ippudo.

The wait can be long, but not as long as other ramen places. Friendly service and quick enough to get your food without feeling hangry. I hope you give this awesome place a try. Cheers!

The simple things in life.

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New Brunswick

Definitely a hole in the wall, a VERY SMALL HOLE in the wall. The restaurant doesn't have many seats, and there's usually a wait. But it's worth it! I got the Spicy Ramen and pork buns, and it was to die for! The broth was well made with flavorful seasonings and spices. The hardness of the ramen was on point! Not to hard, not to soft! Good service too!

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San Francisco

Totto is a tiny space so expect to wait at least 30 minutes and best for parties of two or smaller. Flavorful chicken broth and the pork melts in your mouth. Order the extra spicy ramen as the spicy sauce is served separate so you can determine how spicy you like it. Serving size is smaller than other ramen places and expect to pay extra for sides (ie egg, avocado, etc...). Cash only.

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San Francisco

Ramen lovers are split into 2 types: (1) Broth-lovers, and (2) Ingredient-lovers. Obviously anybody would say both are important, but you either lean towards one or the other. I'm a broth-lover. That means that if the broth is out of this world, then I'm okay with having mediocre ingredients (noodles, pork, etc.).

Totto Ramen is for BROTH-LOVERS. The broth here is probably the best I've had in NYC, and definitely stacks up to the broth I've had at ramen joints in Tokyo. The fresh pork-bone flavor is evident throughout every drop of this fatty, milky broth of pure deliciousness. It comes out piping-hot and if you get the spicy Totto Ramen, it has the perfect amount of spice. When you make the Totto vs. Ippudo comparison, Totto's broth is definitely superior to Ippudo's.

Where Totto falls a bit short, however, is in the ingredients. The noodles could have been a little more al dente. The chewiness made the ramen feel a little cheap. The char siu pork is just okay -- the fat isn't fatty enough, the meat isn't tender enough. The boiled egg was horribly boiled -- the yolk had a greenish layer around it, which is the #1 faux pas for a restaurant to have when it comes to hard-boiled eggs. In all of the ingredients, Ippudo is definitely better.

So I'm torn -- was the deliciousness of Totto's broth enough to trump the mediocrity of its ingredients? Since I'm a broth-lover, it definitely does for me and I still thoroughly enjoyed every bite of my ramen. If you're an ingredients-lover, then I say proceed with caution before you end up waiting 2 hours for a ramen that you'll be disappointed with.

In the epic battle between Totto and Ippudo for the best ramen in NYC, I'd have to give Totto the edge for its broth, but it's definitely close. Bring the battle to California, however, and both Totto and Ippudo lose miserably to the best ramen that Cali has to offer.

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West Los Angeles

Incredibly long wait, but on a cold winter night the wait is totally worth it. Not great for large groups as the restaurant is pretty small. We came with a large group and all had to separate. Delicious.

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Local from New York City

I've given up on waiting in line for Totto Ramen several times in the past. But you can bet I'll never make that mistake again! I was able to secure a seat in this dinky venue when I walked right in before the dinner crowd that would later swarm the doorway.
Not knowing how spicy some items on the menu are, I took it safe and ordered the Totto Miso Ramen. This delightful treat was more pleasant than I had anticipated! The Koji Miso and Paitan soup formed a savory pool in which the thin noodles, ground pork, scallions, bean sprouts, and onion worked in unison to satisfy my taste buds. In addition, I had the Pickled Japanese Cucumber as an appetizer - which complimented, with some help from a bottle of Sapporo, the ramen.
I've tried ramen in several places throughout NYC and NJ - and Totto Ramen has just bested my old favorite: Ippudo in East Village. Don't get me wrong as they both offer state-of-the-art ramen. The reason I will more likely return to Totto Ramen is simply that I enjoy its hall-in-the-wall atmosphere that only adds personality and nostalgia to its menu.

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San Francisco

I really like Totto Ramen and it's probably my favorite or tied with Ramen Dojo in San Mateo (I've tried some popular ramen places in L.A., S.F./Bay Area).

Their broth is flavorful and didn't leave me thirsty after I left, which is usually a sign of too much MSG or salt. So that was good. Noodles were decent, not outstanding, however I didn't think they were bad and didn't taste like instant ramen noodles like some other restaurants I've tried. Pork had a nice mix of fat and meat. Not too soft or tough. I'm a big fan of slightly undercooked eggs in my ramen, and the egg at Totto is fully cooked (just fyi). One surprise for me is that they had roasted avocado as a topping. As an avocado lover, I tried it and really liked it. Had a slightly salty taste to it and brought a nice flavor to the meal.

Oh, and if you like spicy ramen, the hot spice they give to you on the side will do the job. I have a pretty high tolerance for spicy food (I use Sriracha like ketchup) and I was actually able to taste and have a kick from adding the side shot to my bowl.

If you like ramen, give Totto a shot. The place itself is very small, so go early if you can to avoid a long wait. I think I counted 20 people are able to dine in at a time. Service was nice and quick. Good serving size as well.

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First to Review

Tiny, no microscopic, restaurant with excellent ramen. Great atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Off the beaten path. A unique NYC experience.

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