Remember how I said I’m not really a ramen person and I’m still waiting for my “ramen revelation”? Welllllll I think I might’ve had one?! Yeah, this is big news.
A couple weeks ago, I had a few friends from good ‘ol Texas visit me for a long weekend. For some of them, it was their first trip to New York City, so I had to make sure they ate only the best. We did all the biggies like Shake Shack, Luke’s Lobster, and Joe’s Shanghai, but I still wanted to try out some new restaurants with them. Since I’ve known them for 10 years, I know that they like ramen. Despite my unfortunate lack of enthusiasm for the food, I knew they would want to get some when they were here, and I thought I might as well keep trying new ramen places anyways in the hopes of finding that magic one that’ll make me change my mind.
We went to the original Totto Ramen only to find out that there was going to be an hour long wait, and even then it would be difficult to sit the 5 of us all together. The hostess suggested that we go to the second Totto Ramen just a couple streets away, because that one is often less packed. It’s pretty funny to think that the second location is that close but not next-door or something, but that made it easy for us to walk there and see how the wait was.
Turns out the wait was significantly less at the second location, and the restaurant had bigger tables and more space. When we were waiting, I heard a man mumble to the hostess, “Man, I miss when this place used to be a secret!” Sorry man, the secret is out. If you don’t want to suffer the long wait Totto Ramen, hop on over to this one.
I ordered the Totto spicy ramen, which had spicy sesame oil, scallions, char siu pork, bean sprouts, and nori seaweed.
Just look at that bowl. So pretty.
The broth, which is chicken based, was hearty and flavorful, and I thought the noodles were a perfect texture. I’m also kind of obsessed with the pork you get in ramen bowls (ughhhh why can’t they give more than two pieces), and the pork here was so fatty and delicious. There was also just the right amount of spiciness. I don’t know how the food here compares to the original location, but if I enjoyed it this much, I can only imagine it would be the same if not better there. Oh, and remember, it’s cash only!
Man, yeah. I really did love this ramen. Looking at that picture is making my stomach growl. Thanks Totto Ramen. You’ve opened my eyes.
Totto spicy ramen
464 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019