Hideto Kawahara, a ramen chef based in the Hakata region of Fukuoka, Japan, oversees the steaming bowls at this midtown noodle shop. At Hide-Chan, Kawahara focuses on tonkotsu (pork) broth—a luscious, meaty soup, more cloudy than creamy. The best way to taste it is in the ma-yu ramen, with earthy, crunchy kikurage mushrooms, a sheet of briny nori, raw scallions and bean sprouts, plus bits of carbonized garlic that lend a deep, charred flavor to the soup. There’s also a less sweat-inducing option—chewy chilled noodles, served with a side of spicy, sesame-oil-flavored soba broth for dipping—and worthy add-ons like mini pork gyoza, bound in translucent wrappers and crisped on one side.
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- 248 E 52nd St
- second floor
- New York
- Cross street:
- between Second and Third Aves
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- Subway: N, Q, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
- Average ramen: $13
- Opening hours:
- Mon-Wed 11:30am-3pm, 4:30-11pm; Thu 11:30am-3pm, 4:30pm-1am; Fri 11:30am-3am; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm
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