Ganso

Ganso

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn
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  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanJuly 18, 2015
    The pork buns are good. As was the service (got free shumai for the longer wait for or Gyoza!). Get the Gyoza. The ramen was very flavorful. This place has a unique spin and flare to their ramen. 4/5
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieMay 9, 2016
    The Tori Shio sea salt chicken broth is awesome. It is the best chicken broth I have had. If you are trying to get over a cold and craving ramen the Tori Shio is calling your name.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "This is the perfect "get well" dish in Brooklyn. It's got tender chicken, a perfectly soft boiled egg, great broth and top notch ramen noodles." Chef Chaz Brown Read more
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJanuary 4, 2015
    Get your hands on some buns, dumplings (the gyoza and shumai are both winners), and spicy miso ramen. No reservations, so come around 4PM on a weekend before the Barclay's pre-show dinner crowd.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    Ganso's high-energy, brightly-colored space is restorative, and all of the ramen bowls are distinctive and well-executed. Try the shio with sprouts and ajitama egg. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Datrianna M.
    Datrianna MeeksFebruary 21, 2016
    Everything was tasty. Try the Triple Shrimp Ramen and the veggie spring rolls. Others around me had wings and other types of ramen that looked great too!
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyNovember 20, 2015
    Hear me out. This place is good, but not the best value. Kinda pricey. Gyoza good, but not mind blowing (get 1/2 order). Pork buns were spicy as a mo fo - the miso flavor burned my nostrils. Yowzers!
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJune 10, 2013
    Everything about this meal was on point. The spicy miso soup had just the right level of heat and the soup was so delicious! Def must return!
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Colton P.
    Colton PetersonMarch 4, 2016
    If you don't eat pork this is the ramen place for you. They have more options pork free than any other I have found. The crab wontons are also packed full.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListSeptember 22, 2012
    New. Japanese. Comfort food. Expect fried chicken with soy and ginger, kari kari buns, and miso-cured skirt steak with potato korroke. Taste: Spare Ribs Read more
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Rajini P.
    Rajini PriyaJanuary 17, 2014
    The closet and best ramen place for Downtown Brooklyners! Absolutely love it. Try the gyoza and pork buns... They melt in your mouth. Spicy ramen is good although I prefer 'Stamina'.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 22, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ramen is good and a little on the softer side. Buns are pretty good (there are specials sometimes) but the gyozas are unbelievable. Probably the best out there. Hand-made, crispy, extremely meaty.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • A W.
    A WriterApril 13, 2016
    Crisp, lacy gyoza w/classic dipping sauce - the best in town. Ramen-wise, kakuni broth is light + flavorful; spicy miso + triple shrimp MUCH heartier. (Ask for the deep fried shrimp on the side tho')
  • Tom C.
    Tom CramerJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Once you get a table (relatively small space), the food is excellent. We tried the short rib buns, gyoza and spicy miso and all were amazing! Don't forget to try the salted caramel ice cream!
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangOctober 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    New fall menu! Get the buttery mushrooms, shrimp ramen if you like things spicy, wings, and the gyoza. Also, the vegetarian ramen is actually real nice; meaty tofu strips with a milky broth
  • Marc
    MarcApril 16, 2014
    Tasting Table's Top Ramen NYC: Stamina ramen "...lovely broth with chicken bones... even lovelier with a house-made chile oil... comes w/wood ear mushrooms, seasonal greens, garlic chives & scallions"
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaNovember 5, 2015
    Guys! Everything. Everything's awesome. Get the braised short rib buns, braised short rib ramen, and triple shrimp ramen. All too good. And the oyster stout beer from Japan. Cool ambience and service.
  • Haley J.
    Haley JonesOctober 27, 2013
    The spicy miso was pretty good...Although if you're a huge spicy fan, ask for the spice powder to add yourself. The appetizers are where it's at though: chicken wings, shrimp Shimai and the dumplings!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Before giving Downtown Brooklyn its own killer ramen den, owner Harris Salat was a food writer, whose culinary crush on Japan was well documented in the The NY Times, Saveur and his own cookbooks. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 14
  • Omar H.
    Omar HarounNovember 3, 2013
    "Stamina" is delicious, but not your traditional ramen. You will be stoked you got the short rib starter. Ask for their hot sauce, more flavorful than spicy so go crazy with it
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 18, 2014
    Wow. I can't such much more than this place is absolutely brilliant. The food, of course, is top notch - but the service and laid back atmosphere is like the cherry on the cake.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Bento boxes are great during lunch! Pork katsu> Salmon> chicken; don't get the rio wings in a bento box, do yourself a favor and get the full serving - they're addictive.
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowDecember 12, 2016
    Ganso's shoyu ramen is great! Gyoza and pork buns are also super tasty! They have bentos for brunch during the weekends.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Evan B.
    Evan BellisJune 14, 2014
    Everything we got was delicious. Best dishes were the wings, gyoza, "Stamina" ramen, and short rib buns. We ate tapas style with a bunch of apps and 1 bowl of ramen.
  • Russell F.
    Russell FFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss the gyoza, stunning with crispy fried "wings" and a spicy side dip. Curry may not be why you came, but now on the dinner menu topped w short rib it's marvelous.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurstJanuary 13, 2013
    The gyoza are delicious. Like crazy delicious. Short rib buns are solid. Spicy miso ramen was great. This place is fantastic. Can't wait to try everything on the menu.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 22, 2013
    A good addition to Brooklyn's ramen scene, with great gyoza that have a lacy fried crust.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TantaleanOctober 24, 2015
    Probably the best Ramen I've had in NYC. The broth for the ramen is really great. Also provide great Japanese beer selections
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 23, 2016
    spicy miso & tori ramen are pretty solid. happy hour deal gets you any ramen + half order of gyoza, which comes out sizzling.
  • Katie P.
    Katie PatrizioSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Very vegetarian friendly and pleasant staff. I added extra chile to my tan tan ramen, but was happy I didn't add salt; the remaining broth was very flavorful if you like shiitake mushrooms.
  • Sisi W.
    Sisi W.January 4, 2013
    For vegetarians, the Tan Tan ramen is delicious, and even has delicious broth. Saltier than necessary, but not so salty that you don't enjoy every bite. Boyfriend felt the same way about the Ganso.
  • alba
    albaJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    "Stamina" Ramen. Chicken-soy sauce-chili broth, shrimp paste, chicken chashu, onion, napa cabbage, garlic chives. Insanely good.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIFebruary 13, 2015
    Their beef short rib ramen is not in a traditional or typical style but worth trying. Gyoza is pretty good too.
  • Albert F.
    Albert FreemanDecember 29, 2014
    Duck bowl special off the map but everything I've eaten was at least excellent. Chili shrimp bowl also outstanding 🍜
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LiangJanuary 27, 2013
    If you have the slightest hesitation of which Ramen to pick, I suggest you to get the "Stamina" Ramen. You will lick the bowl clean, broth is to die for.
  • Annabelle M.
    Annabelle MooreJanuary 23, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen was unreal! The spicy ground pork gives it a nice kick, and the pork belly melts in your mouth.
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HOctober 8, 2013
    Loved this place but after the ramen heatmap was published in September 2013- lines are insane, quality took a nosedive, and dinner hostess is absolutely infuriating
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangDecember 24, 2015
    They do a great job on their noodle texture for the ramens, I prefer the miso based ramens. Get the gyoza but despite the tips on the pork buns absolutely don't get them - super dry and lacks flavor.
  • Evan B.
    Evan BellisJune 14, 2014
    Also be sure to check out their Japanese craft beer list, I was surprised, first time I've come across Japanese craft beer in a restaurant.
  • Carla F.
    Carla FranklinMay 28, 2013
    The ramen is arguably just as good as if not better Momofuku in Manhattan. Great service. Great food.
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishMay 31, 2016
    Very few vegetarian options.Nevertheless, broth was exceedingly tasty particularly with the tamarind-based rayu on the side. Small family friendly place. Will probably give it another shot soon.
  • Pinak P.
    Pinak PujariDecember 24, 2015
    Spicy Saboro Ramen and pork buns are pretty good. They also have a good selection of craft beers.
  • Christina C.
    Gyoza is the best. Ramen is just ok, kinda $$$ compared to other ramen places. Pork belly is very fatty. I've never had to wait for a seat
  • Talia
    TaliaOctober 10, 2013
    The wings are an amazing combination of crunchy, sweet, spicy & also an amazing value for the portion. Surprised they aren't the star of the "tips!" Now you know!
  • jake f.
    jake furstJanuary 13, 2013
    wow, blew past my expectations. short rib buns, gyoza and spicy miso ramen all stellar. definitely coming back here on the regular.
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny W.January 6, 2014
    Crappy wine glasses that only hold about a half glass--either cut the cost by half or get real wine glasses. Legit ramen though and the wings look amazing.
  • Emily S.
    Emily ScheerAugust 16
    Been here 5+ times
    I usually get miso but there's an amazing summer noodle dish: thick noodles served cold with a yuzu vinaigrette and veggies. YUM!
  • Zain M.
    Zain M.April 20, 2016
    Very cool place with great tasting food. The ramen was great as expected but what blew me away was the chicken katsu sando. A must try!
  • Elise K.
    Elise KimNovember 13, 2014
    Spicy miso is not so spicy, but so yummy. The short rib buns are to die for. You HAVE to get them! Unless you're allergic!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Get the Hiyashi chukka: Chilled ramen is dressed with a yuzu-laced vinaigrette, braised pork cheek and lightly cured cucumbers. Read more
  • Dave B.
    Dave BrownJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything on the menu is ridic but go for the Stamina and a bottle of Abita root beer. It goes together like Bennie & the Jets.
  • Max M.
    Max MateroNovember 20, 2014
    You feel great leaving here and that is a promise. Get the daily greens they offer for an amazing suprise you may overlook!
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BMay 1
    Beef buns, wings, and the incredible gyoza are all must haves. Curry ramen & spicy miso are top notch. Best for Brooklyn.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HendersonFebruary 1, 2014
    Have to check out their new craft beer list! Great selection including many from Japan.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatzApril 23, 2016
    Start with the gyoza, finish with any of the ramens, and wash it all down with a beer from their excellent list
  • 陳雄暉 弟.
    The ramen broth, like the Caucasian waitress with the Japanese accent, is surprisingly savory. 🍜🍱🎌
  • Haley J.
    Haley JonesOctober 29, 2013
    Spicy Miso was good. I don't get the ramen hype, but the appetizers stole the show for me. Gyoza, Shumai and the WINGS. OH GOD THE WINGS!
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NFebruary 27, 2016
    Great ramen: perfect broth and soft boiled egg. Can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A new favorite, Ganso's Stamina Ramen brings the unique meaty/spicy ramen staple dish of Japanese ramen houses to Brooklyn.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 1, 2015
    Spicy miso ramen is the way to go
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler ReinhardMarch 26, 2016
    real broth, good pork belly, bright vegetables. what else is there in the ramen game.
  • George C.
    George CenJuly 9, 2013
    Got the pork rib ramen (hot) and pork shoulder/belly ramen (cold). Not usually a fan of cold noodles but am a fan of this one
  • Alison L.
    Alison LoykaJuly 5, 2013
    The pork belly buns are AMAZING. A clean crisp vibe at this place which is a nice change of scenery in this area.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZhongDecember 15, 2013
    The Stamina is pretty good. Certainly one of the better ramen shops in NY. The chicken is braised to perfection.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaDecember 2, 2014
    I'm a sucker for spicy miso ramen anywhere, but this one comes with big chunks of pork belly that make it extra special.
  • miles l.
    miles lennonDecember 4, 2016
    Upper end of the price range for Ramen and it does get very crowded and scene-y, but the quality of food is very good
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurSeptember 26, 2014
    Great tucked away ramen place. They always have one vegan appetizer and ramen. Definitely worth a stop.
  • ELodie E.
    ELodie EgonneauOctober 1, 2013
    Let's start with the delicious Gyoza and finish with the delicious Ganzo ramen. You won't be disappointed!
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan OatisAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ganso ramen is great. So are the shrimp shumai. And don't miss the black sesame seed ice cream.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LehrburgerNovember 9, 2012
    "Some ramen broths detonate at first spoonful, then fizzle out halfway through; others start off meek and turn carnal. Ganso aspires to the latter." - Ligaya Mishan for the New York Times Read more
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Beef short rib ramen is excellent, and their Japanese craft beers are the icing on the cake!
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FranklinMay 23, 2016
    Delicious pork-free ramen options! So happy to have found this gem. Their chili paste is amazing.
  • Angela W.
    Angela WenFebruary 3
    Noodles are good but broths are lackluster, salty, and leave more to be desired. Spicy Miso ramen was among the better ones. Good selection of hitichino beer.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessNovember 10, 2015
    The appetizers are the star and the crispy gyoza may be the best pot stickers I've tasted.
  • Lillian
    LillianJuly 21, 2013
    Loved the Ganso salad & summer ramen! The short rib buns were also yummy! Would definitely go back!
  • Erin T.
    Erin TaoFebruary 16, 2014
    solid. haven't found better in bk, but my loyalty to totto remains unchanged :) stamina ramen has just enough spice
  • cami j.
    cami j.May 27
    the spicy miso broth was delicious, as were the noodles. so good.
  • Fernando A.
    Fernando AndradeNovember 19, 2015
    Can't go wrong here. Get a Kai no Kaiun sake as a starter.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieJanuary 2, 2015
    The spicy miso is solid. I found the broth too salty which almost never happens for me elsewhere but the flavors and heat were good.
  • Evonne C.
    Evonne CJuly 26, 2013
    best ramen in brooklyn by far, altho the others are close. but ganso is just too good to beat.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AlvarezMay 7, 2016
    I had the classic Ganso ramen, chicken wings and pork buns. Would highly recommend all of it.
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MoriniJanuary 11, 2015
    Spacious seating. Open kitchen to see your food being made. Great ramen and lovely staff (:
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LinsNovember 29, 2014
    Wings, gyosa, and spicy miso ramen. They also have Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinSeptember 20, 2014
    Gyoza is the best I ever had. Never have to wait for a seat unlike other ramen houses.
  • Deepthi B.
    Deepthi BandiDecember 25, 2015
    Spicy miso Ramen and the gyoza are out of the world.
  • Lucien
    LucienOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the Miso Tonkotsu Paitan Ramen. It was an off menu item, so if you see it dive in!
  • William H.
    William HubaMay 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The gyozas are literally the best I've ever had, and the ramen is awesome as well.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FogartyFebruary 18, 2013
    While best known for its ramen, Ganso's off-menu vegetarian chili is _to die for._
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The ramen here never fails to impress! It's quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite but don't tell the folks from Manhattan.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChildsSeptember 24, 2014
    Can't go wrong here. Beer selection is fantastic & every ramen blows my mind.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RobertsDecember 9, 2014
    The gyoza were amazing, and the service was really good. The spicy ramen was incredibly tasty.
  • S F.
    S FApril 7
    Loved the shrimp ramen--- just the right amount of spice and very tasty. Good wine too
  • R T.
    R TaysApril 1, 2016
    Ramen was absolutely amazing!!But the bao buns were under seasoned.
  • Greg A.
    Greg AndersonSeptember 24, 2013
    Get the stamina ramen and the short ribs buns and enjoy the sweet sweet food coma that ensues
  • Gabriela B.
    Gabriela BehnenMay 22, 2013
    Spicy miso was great. Ask for a sake recommendation; they really know their stuff!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BNovember 17, 2014
    I love Chuko, but this is the best Ramen I've had in BK. start with some Ganso wings.
  • Drew N.
    Drew NOctober 21, 2014
    Ramen is v v good. Bonus points for Migos & Waka Flocka on the speakers...turnip 4 what
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas TangDecember 30, 2014
    The pork buns were awesome. Some of the best gyoza I've ever had, too!
  • Diversal
    DiversalJune 20, 2013
    The perfect lunch place should be larger! Best food in the area. Diversal.org
  • Trixie
    TrixieMarch 11, 2013
    Get the Stamina or Short Ribs Ramen. You can't go wrong! Very flavorful!
  • Luise W.
    Luise WinDecember 28, 2014
    Beste vorspeise, schneller Service (etwas steif), gemütliche location mit Blick in die Küche, leckerste Ramen, Nachtisch Top....
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