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
  • 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.
  • Cameron W.
    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.
  • 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!
  • A W.
    A WriterApril 13
    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')
  • 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
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CramerJune 29, 2013
    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!
  • 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
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangOctober 6, 2014
    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
  • Colton P.
    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.
  • Datrianna M.
    Datrianna MeeksFebruary 21
    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!
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 22, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishMay 31
    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.
  • Katie P.
    Katie PatrizioSeptember 18, 2012
    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.
  • 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'.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • rich m.
    rich masioSeptember 24, 2015
    Yesterday had the wings which were some of the best I've had but the chicken broth ramen and its noodles were barely mediocre. The broth was weak and tasted slightly fishy, limp and bland noodles.
  • 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!
  • Russell F.
    Russell FFebruary 2, 2013
    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.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangDecember 29, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Alex N.
    spicy miso & tori ramen are pretty solid. happy hour deal gets you any ramen + half order of gyoza, which comes out sizzling.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • michael n.
    michael nerenburgJanuary 24, 2015
    Average at best. Tried gyoza, pork buns, miso soup. Everything was ok but the pork buns were especially bland. Any other ramen place I've been to in the city has been pork buns.
  • alba
    albaJuly 29, 2013
    "Stamina" Ramen. Chicken-soy sauce-chili broth, shrimp paste, chicken chashu, onion, napa cabbage, garlic chives. Insanely good.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    Spicy miso ramen was unreal! The spicy ground pork gives it a nice kick, and the pork belly melts in your mouth.
  • 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 🍜
  • SP
    SPJuly 15, 2013
    Staff plays with kids and ignores customers. And they don't wash their hands after playing with these squealing kids before servicing customers. I hope their food is better than their etiquette.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pinak P.
    Pinak PujariDecember 24, 2015
    Spicy Saboro Ramen and pork buns are pretty good. They also have a good selection of craft beers.
  • Carla F.
    Carla FranklinMay 28, 2013
    The ramen is arguably just as good as if not better Momofuku in Manhattan. Great service. Great food.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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