Totto Ramen

restaurants / Japanese

Totto Ramen information

New York City , USA
366 W 52nd St
btwn Eighth & Ninth Aves, Midtown West
+1 212 582 0052
Getting there
Subway: C/E to 50th St
More information
ramen from $10
Opening hours
noon-4:30pm & 5:30pm-midnight Mon-Sat, 4-11pm Sun
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There might be another two branches in Midtown, but purists know that neither beats the tiny 20-seat original. Write your name and the number of guests on the clipboard and wait your turn. Your reward: extraordinary ramen. Skip the chicken and go for the pork, which sings in dishes like miso ramen (with fermented soybean paste, egg, scallion, bean sprouts, onion and homemade chili paste).

Behind the counter, ramen masters tackle bubbling vats of fragrant broth and char the melt-in-your-mouth pork with a blowtorch. While there's never any guarantee, 3pm on Tuesdays and Wednesday seems to be the 'quietest' time. Avoid the place on weekends as waiting times are particularly excruciating.