Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
525 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • spicy food
  • lively
  • ippudo
  • authentic
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  • Fathima D.
    Uber trendy NYC style, a dive like place in a basement. BUT the ramen is legendary. Long wait but so well organized and such fun! Everybody waits cheerfully for their turn to sample the exquisiteness!
    Upvoted Jul 10
  • Aleson H.
    Aleson HoAugust 2, 2015
    I had to forego meat the day I came here, and the vegetarian ramen is very satisfying. It has all kinds of veggies and mushrooms in a very flavorful broth (loved the addition of yuzu paste).
  • Shiri L.
    Shiri LaraFebruary 19
    Fantastic ramen. The wait time is nothing. They take your order while you wait so ramen is ready by the time you sit. Also you can drink standing room by the bar. Spicy ramen is spicy!! Yum.
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuMay 16, 2015
    The noodles from the mega ramen is so good! Also, get the extra spicy ramen over the spicy ramen. The spicy ramen had the spicy sauce on the size which allows you to customize the spice level.
  • Emily G.
    Emily GarthAugust 10, 2015
    Had an amazing experience. We had the Totto Spicy with chicken (we wished we would have gotten pork instead) cabbage seasoned boiled egg, fried garlic, corn, spicy bamboo shoots (beware) GREAT!
  • Nicholas D.
    Nicholas DoyleJuly 18, 2013
    Ramen Nirvana. No-Nonsense bowls with nothing but amazing noodles, hand-torched char siu, succulent pulled pork, and a broth so flavorful you'll lose all sense of time & place. Thanksgiving in a bowl?
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortFebruary 21
    Got the chicken paitan and added an egg and bean sprouts. The bowls are huuuuge, none of us could finish completely. The broth is DE-licious & noodles are perfectly cooked. Music was pretty loud.
  • Like A Local Guide
    Like A Local GuideFebruary 3, 2015
    Quick and affordable, the 52nd Street location is much larger than the original and offers more selection of ramen. The broth here is chicken based and so rich that it is almost opaque. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 8, 2010
    Tiny restaurant, so expect long lines. However, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious ramen broth. Try the Chicken Ramen and the Char Su Pork Ramen, which is blowtorch charred right in front of you.
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    Hailey Heewoo KimSeptember 16, 2015
    spicy ramen + an egg = heaven! quick service, delicious ramen in your tummy; it's a recipe for happiness! while you're waiting, stop by kahve around the corner for some great coffee :)
  • cupkeyk
    cupkeykNovember 17, 2014
    Spicy Paitan Ramen. Add-Ons: Kikurage Mushroom and Seasoned Boiled Egg (Aji Tamago). Plus Ramune Carbonated Soda just like a kid. Long queue, worth the wait if you're a ramen lover.
  • Beena K.
    Beena KalaiyaSeptember 11, 2014
    Ahmazingly delicious food...One of the few places in NYC that serves vegetarian ramen.... Try the spicy ramen with seasoned hard boiled egg topping...20-45 minute wait to get in is totally worth it...
  • Julia L.
    Julia LeusnerOctober 29, 2014
    Excellent lunch spot! My friend arrived an hour early on a Sat. to put our name on the list, so we were the first people seated when it opened after a 5-minute wait. The chicken ramen was top-notch!
  • Eva
    EvaFebruary 17
    I had a chicken ramen and it was delicious! The whole place reminded me of Japan so much! The only downside is that it is very crowded and you are very "subtly" reminded to be fast with your food.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RayJune 8, 2013
    Great Ramen, yes, but every time I leave I just can't get over how I spent $15 for an upscale bowl of $0.99 ramen noodles. Add some braised pork belly to a bowl at home, it will save you a 45min wait
    Downvoted Jul 4
  • Joe C.
    Joe CDecember 4, 2012
    Go for the standard Paitan Ramen. The broth is so rich and flavorful, it doesn't need the heat. The boiled egg is great, with a soft yolk. Poached egg has runny yolk-save it for the end of the bowl!
  • Vincent Q.
    Vincent QuahJuly 28, 2011
    If you are in NYC and are looking for great authentic Japanese ramen, try Toto. You should plan to arrive early as there is usually a decent queue and you may have to wait 20-40 mins depending on cro
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    Spicy ramen is best.The secret is a chile oil filled w. garlic, onion, dried shrimp & scallops. It's ladled on top of paitan broth, firm noodles, 2 hunks of fatty pork, scallion, bean sprouts & nori.
  • Fred C.
    Fred CaminoSeptember 28, 2014
    The line outside is people who have already put their name on the list. So put your name on the list before waiting in line. Otherwise, some of the best ramen I've had in NYC. Worth the wait? Maybe.
  • Trent R.
    Trent RipperAugust 27, 2013
    There's a pretty long wait after you write your own name down on the list at the door. But it's worth it! Food is great. Atmosphere is brilliant. I've read this is the best Japanese in New York City!
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkSeptember 15, 2014
    The Spicy Ramen broth is the perfect amount of spicy and not too greasy or salty. Unless you like a dry slab of pork stuck to a few lettuce pieces in mayo, skip the pork bun.
  • d f.
    d felesSeptember 25, 2014
    Listen to some Kanye West while having the best Ramen, you've ever eaten. I wanna name my dog after this place! Yeezus, this is so good, there is no Tip which could explain it. Must have. Instant cry.
  • David L.
    David LiMarch 24, 2013
    If you like spicy, get the spicy bamboo shoots rather than the sauce (that way you can still taste the flavor of the broth). And nigori sake is the best, it's what the chefs drink when you buy a round
  • Mischa
    MischaJune 18, 2015
    Tasty and really good, though it is not my favorite. Cucumber sliced is worth trying instead the classic pair of buns. Don't be scared of the spicy Totto is not that spicy but make the broth better.
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas TangSeptember 5, 2014
    The place is cash only and can't seat more than 4 together. Write your name on the check-in list at the door as soon as you get there! Finally, the spicy Ramen isn't that spicy, so don't worry.
  • Leo S.
    Leo SumulongJanuary 20, 2015
    Amazing how thick & meaty the paitan broth is. I went on a freezing cold night, got it w./ spicy oil, and it was just perfect. Note: they won't seat your party if all the members aren't present.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.May 5, 2011
    Agreed with the suggestion to get the spicy ramen w the spicy oil on the side so u can spice it yourself. If u like black pepper, u will like this ramen! Also try te potato salad w spicy cod roe.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DonaghyFebruary 13, 2011
    It's worth the wait if there happens to be one. Hands down best Ramen in NYC. Great price and excellent service. Try the spicy Ramen with an egg. If you get the extreme spicy ramen tell me about it!
  • Grace M.
    Grace MarieFebruary 23
    I've frequented Ippudo, Minca, Ramen Ya and the newly opened Zundo Ya over the course of 3 years. Nothing beats Totto's hearty yet well-balanced broth. I order more noodles just to soak it up.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyJanuary 23, 2013
    Delicious bowl of ramen. Paitan broth is incredibly flavorful. Put your name down and go grab a drink - because there definitely will be a wait (30 minutes minimum).
  • Doug L.
    Doug LevyApril 16, 2012
    Your patience waiting to get in will be rewarded with traditional, long-simmered rich broths, fresh noodles, and just the right spices. Cash only. Yes, it was worth waiting more than an hour for this!
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseJanuary 13, 2012
    RS says: Try the Chicken Paitan Ramen: cantonese-influenced broth made w/ chix & pork bones, soft straight/slightly wavy noodles. w/ 2 unusual toppings. Hot pepper condiment & soy-marinated avocado.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DDecember 4, 2012
    Hailed often as the "best" ramen, Totto went surprisingly nontraditional with their veg-tastic Vegetable Ramen dish including blow-torched Avocado. They mean business here, so enjoy fast and get out!
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuApril 19, 2012
    The miso ramen is the best ramen I've had in North America. The consistency of the noodles, the right balance with the fat in the meat, the right atmosphere, and finally, the nutty kitchen staff!
  • Helmut Lang
    Helmut LangMarch 17, 2011
    NY. Looking for chicken broth based ramen? You found the spot. The miso and spicy ramen are perfection. Wonderfully flavored broth and delicious al dente ramen noodles. The wait is worth it.
  • Camille R.
    Camille RadfordDecember 30, 2014
    Worst place to eat an hour and 30 min wait after the first 30 min before we were put on a list. They have little to no seating,food was salty, they don't allow for separate checks.
  • Kunal K.
    Kunal KundajeMarch 14, 2011
    The spicy vegetable ramen w/ seasoned avocado is an absolute treat, esp. on a cold night. Add a bit of the "extreme rayu" for that extra kick. The tuna+avocado appetizer is super flavorful too!
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    The noodles in the Spicy Paitan (the milky-brothed house speciality) ramen were unpleasantly slippery and tasted like flour, and both the chicken and egg were overcooked. Read more
  • Donna Mc
    Donna McJuly 28, 2013
    Tourist tip: Write your name on the list and be patient. Expect a wait, but it is worth it for the depth of flavor deliciousness you get in one bowl.
  • BLU R.
    BLU Realty GroupMay 22, 2012
    Winner of the 2012 Japan Block Fair Ramen Contest, Totto Ramen is arguably the best Ramen in the city. Expect a long line and cash only, but it's worth it : ) @blurealtygroup #thinkBLU
  • Anastasiia ..
    Anastasiia ....December 21, 2015
    Spicy number 2 is very spicy, consider it when you order or just take half of the spices when they bring it to you. Good but not amazing for me
  • Fadia K.
    Fadia KaderNovember 7, 2014
    My fave ramen spot! Get the ramen with egg and avocado too! Try the pork bun! Super long lines - so I often come solo - quicker to get in here
  • Abraham M.
    Abraham MoralesJuly 14, 2015
    Everything here is delicious and freshly made. The sliced pork is slowly burnt by hand and noodles are also made by hand all the time. 10 out of 10.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Totto's special spicy sauce is not lip-singeing, but the steaming broth coats your mouth and throat in chili, creating a slow burn that builds up as you work your way through the bowl. Read more
  • Michelle H.
    Definitely worth the wait. If you go by yourself you can get seated quicker sometimes--they will let you jump the line if an opportunity arises. I wouldn't go with more than one person.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 15, 2011
    Don't be surprised if you have to wait at this Japanese ramen restaurant, but it will be worth it! Go for the Totto Miso Ramen or if you need a little kick, the Totto Spicy Ramen.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 11, 2010
    An organic soup spot where the menu floats its noodle in 3 different broth options - chicken, miso, konbu kelp - with additional padding like pickled cukes, pork toro buns & chicken wings. Read more
  • McKellen R.
    McKellen RattrayJuly 12, 2013
    Fun place to bring friends and family from out of town! Spicy Totto Ramen was amazing with its freshly made noodles and spicy, peppery broth
  • Matt C.
    Matt ClineFebruary 2, 2015
    Niku Ramen was out of this world. Spicy fish oil in their signature chicken broth. Scallions, diced onion, lettuce. Would have taken a picture but when I thought to my bowl was empty.
  • Sermad
    SermadJanuary 8, 2013
    If you are two people then just put both your names down. Seats for one open up way faster than for two, besides you never need to talk when you are wolfing down their perfect ramen.
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