Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • 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).
  • Fathima D.
    Fathima DadaMay 20, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • Shiri L.
    Shiri LaraFebruary 19, 2016
    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.
  • 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?
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    Hailey Heewoo KimSeptember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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 :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Joe C.
    Joe CDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Eva
    EvaFebruary 17, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Mabelle S.
    Mabelle SantosOctober 20, 2016
    Oishi!!! Perfect noodle firmness, tasty broth. For smaller appetites, the Mega Paitan can be shared. We added egg and also corn, which gave a good,mild "corny"kick.The pork buns are also yummy!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortFebruary 21, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerMarch 28, 2015
    tiny hole-in-the-wall space with a long long wait, but boy is the ramen worth it. go with the paitan or spicy totto ramen. oishii!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 12, 2013
    You must order the velvety paitan ramen, a creamy chicken-based soup. One of the best soups in all of Hell's kitchen.
  • Albert M.
    Albert MoyJanuary 11, 2013
    Definitely expect a wait but the food's amazing. Definitely get the cha shui bun. Real good. I got the spicy totto ramen with pork. Amazing.
  • Cindy
    CindyJune 2, 2015
    Had the spicy ramen with pork and an egg. Nice experience due to the small restaurant. Had a seat at the bar, best place to be seated.
  • 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
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KarranFebruary 3, 2015
    Small with long lines but well worth the wait. You will enjoy some delicious noodles, some that are charred in front of you. Go for the Totto Spicy Ramen, if you dare!
  • 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
  • Jason S.
    Jason S.April 25, 2015
    Order while you're waiting so you won't have to wait longer at your table. Believe me, the ramen is incredibly filling (the Mega Ramen especially) and well worth the wait.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zara F.
    Zara FarrarOctober 31, 2014
    Spicy Ramen was excellent. We arrived at six and there was already a queue, just add your name to the list on the front door and wait nearby, the food is worth it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanDecember 8, 2014
    Def one of my fav ramen places in the city. I love that they use chicken broth. It's lighter and def flavorful. Have patience, it's very crowded. But def worth the wait
  • hello_emily
    hello_emilyApril 25, 2016
    Small out of the way ramen bar. Really nice ramen with a chicken soup base. Recommend the spicy one! Pork buns were nice too.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 16, 2014
    Tasting Table's Top Ramen NYC: Chicken paitan ramen "a rich chicken broth, excellent house-made noodles and great toppings including chashu that's torched before your eyes"
  • Grace M.
    Grace MarieFebruary 23, 2016
    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.
  • James C.
    James ColvinAugust 10, 2013
    Only waited 25 mins. Spicy chicken was awesome but not spicy enough for my tastebuds. Def recommend the hottest one. Wait for seats at the bar. Very cool and unique environment.
  • Katherine K.
    Katherine KruegerSeptember 29, 2015
    Miso ramen with pork is phenomenal. Get the side of spice sauce to add you own heat, and don't forget the pork buns. You'll wait for a table, but service is fast.
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