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Totto Ramen

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366 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019 40.764463 -73.987547
nr. Ninth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-582-0052 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

tottoramen.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 50th St.; 1 at 50th St.

Prices

$9.25-$12

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Theater District
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

In the upper reaches of Hell’s Kitchen where solid dining starts to thin out, Totto Ramen’s promise of authentic Japanese noodles can be irresistible. The slate-hued space is cramped and waits can be long, but for generous bowls of core-warming chicken broth teeming with housemade noodles, these compromises are insignificant. Owner Bobby Munekata, of Yakitori Totto and Hide Chan, keeps his menu short: Five soupy choices containing some exciting extras like springy homemade noodles, diagonally-sliced scallion shards, and Koji miso in one option; konbu nori and seasoned avocado in another. The “extreme spicy” bowl allows control over firepower by means of a searing chili paste, added to taste. Fatty slices of char siu pork, whose smoky grilled flavor graces most of the ramens, are paired deliciously with creamy mayo and a ball of vinegary white rice in one of a handful of starters. Behind the bar, where cooks wrap their heads in black towels and sling narrow baskets of noodles in and out of boiling water, you might notice eggs marinating in a dark brown sake-soy liquid; ask to add one to your bowl. Do the same for corn charred with Parmesan cheese, and don’t worry about overwhelming your dish—it’s difficult to disrupt the delicious harmony of these satisfyingly rustic meals.

Recommended Dishes

Totto extreme spicy ramen, $11; Totto miso ramen, $11; char siu mayo don, $5.50

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