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
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowDecember 12, 2016
    Ganso's shoyu ramen is the best! LOVE the pork that comes with their ramen. Dumplings, gyoza, and pork buns are also super tasty! They have bentos for brunch during the weekends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 22, 2013
    A good addition to Brooklyn's ramen scene, with great gyoza that have a lacy fried crust.
    Upvoted Feb 4
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 🍜
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pinak P.
    Pinak PujariDecember 24, 2015
    Spicy Saboro Ramen and pork buns are pretty good. They also have a good selection of craft beers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
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