Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen
366 W 52nd St (btwn 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY 10019, United States
Hours:
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–4:30 PM
    • 5:30 PM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
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    Sandy
    "Spicy ramen with chicken + spicy bamboo shoots - AMAZING."(87 Tips)
    Stan B.
    "toe-to-toe with Ippudo for the best Ramen spot in the city."(25 Tips)
    Norbert H.
    "The miso ramen is the best ramen I've had in North America."(27 Tips)
    Mary
    "The ramen is amazing but don't forget about the awesome pork buns."(17 Tips)
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  • Aleson H.

    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).

    Aleson Ho · August 2, 2015
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  • Shiri L.

    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.

    Shiri Lara · February 19
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  • Doris H.

    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.

    Doris Hu · May 16, 2015
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  • Emily G.

    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!

    Emily Garth · August 10, 2015
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  • Nicholas D.

    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?

    Nicholas Doyle · July 18, 2013
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  • Rachel P.

    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.

    Rachel Port · February 21
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  • Like A Local Guide

    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

    Like A Local Guide · February 3, 2015
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  • The Corcoran Group

    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.

    The Corcoran Group · October 8, 2010
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  • Hailey Heewoo K.

    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 :)

    Hailey Heewoo Kim · September 16, 2015
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  • cupkeyk

    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.

    cupkeyk · November 17, 2014
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  • Beena K.

    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...

    Beena Kalaiya · September 11, 2014
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  • Julia L.

    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!

    Julia Leusner · October 29, 2014
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  • Eva

    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.

    Eva · February 17
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  • Vincent Q.

    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

    Vincent Quah · July 28, 2011
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  • Daniel R.

    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

    Daniel Ray · June 8, 2013
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  • Joe C.

    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!

    Joe C · December 4, 2012
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  • Village Voice

    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.

    Village Voice · April 14, 2015
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  • Fred C.

    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.

    Fred Camino · September 28, 2014
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  • d f.

    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.

    d feles · September 25, 2014
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  • Trent R.

    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!

    Trent Ripper · August 27, 2013
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  • Joan P.

    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.

    Joan Park · September 15, 2014
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  • Mischa

    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.

    Mischa · June 18, 2015
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  • Nicholas T.

    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.

    Nicholas Tang · September 5, 2014
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  • Leo S.

    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.

    Leo Sumulong · January 20, 2015
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  • Grace S.

    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.

    Grace S. · May 5, 2011
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  • Caroline D.

    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!

    Caroline Donaghy · February 13, 2011
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  • Grace M.

    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.

    Grace Marie · February 23
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  • Varun S.

    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).

    Varun Shetty · January 23, 2013
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  • Doug L.

    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!

    Doug Levy · April 16, 2012
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  • Ajit V.

    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.

    Ajit Verghese · January 13, 2012
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  • Norbert H.

    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!

    Norbert Hu · April 19, 2012
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  • Ellie D.

    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!

    Ellie D · December 4, 2012
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  • Helmut Lang

    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.

    Helmut Lang · March 17, 2011
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  • Camille R.

    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.

    Camille Radford · December 30, 2014
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  • Kunal K.

    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!

    Kunal Kundaje · March 14, 2011
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  • David L.

    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

    David Li · March 24, 2013
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  • Munchies

    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

    Munchies · May 11, 2015
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  • Donna Mc

    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.

    Donna Mc · July 28, 2013
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  • BLU R.

    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

    BLU Realty Group · May 22, 2012
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  • Abraham M.

    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.

    Abraham Morales · July 14, 2015
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  • Anastasiia ..

    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

    Anastasiia .... · December 21, 2015
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  • Time Out New York

    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

    Time Out New York · June 4, 2013
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  • Fadia K.

    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

    Fadia Kader · November 7, 2014
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  • 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.

    Michelle Hardy Schenk · June 15, 2014
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  • New York Habitat

    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.

    New York Habitat · November 15, 2011
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  • Sermad

    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.

    Sermad · January 8, 2013
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  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · June 11, 2010
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  • Erica C.

    Super long waits and really disorganize waiting system, but ramen is delicious. Not sure if it's worth the 1.5 hour wait in the freezing cold tho. They also commented about our reasonable tip. Rude!

    Erica Choi · December 26, 2013
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  • McKellen R.

    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

    McKellen Rattray · July 12, 2013
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  • Matt C.

    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.

    Matt Cline · February 2, 2015
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