For some serious eaters both here and especially in Japan, ramen noodles are a religion. They worship at the altar of firm noodles made in-house, intensely flavorful broth, and the porkiest of pork slices.
It's hard to argue with a huge bowl of steaming hot, salty, meaty broth with a pile of bouncy noodles to slurp and tender, slow-cooked pork belly. But there's a difference between ramen-I'd-eat-for-a-quick-and-filling-meal (any), and ramen-so-good-it's-worth-a-national-obsession (rare). These days, there are Manhattan neighborhoods that are almost as dense with ramen-ya as a Tokyo train station. Our goal: to cull the good from the great.
Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Ippudo serves what is...
We write about restaurants all over the city. But sometimes, you don't want to travel for food; you want the best eats right in your neighborhood. So we're having the Serious Eats staff share where they eat around their own 'hoods. Today? Serious Drinks and Sweets editor Maggie Hoffman!
The Buffalo chicken wing is a thing of American beauty, and if you're looking for it in this city, we have you covered. But we get it: there's more than one way to sauce a bird. If it's fish sauce, toasted chilies, cumin, barbecue smoke, or fried garlic you crave in your next batch of wings, consider this handful of wing wonders.
From China to Japan, Korea to Tibet, you can cross most of Asia by hopping from one noodle restaurant in New York to another. But with Japanese ramen, Chinese chow fun, Tibetan boe thuk, and Uyghur lagman all at your disposal, where do you start looking for the best? Here are 23 of our favorite noodles to get you started.