Like a traditional Japanese ramen-ya, this narrow, below-street-level noodle joint is designed for quick meals. Most seats are along a counter, behind which the chefs crisp pork slices with a propane torch and tend to bubbling stockpots. The specialty here is paitan ramen, a creamy soup that’s a chicken-based variation on Hakata, Japan’s famous tonkotsu (pork) broth. The most basic version, the Totto chicken, is a flavorful, opaque soup bobbing with thin, straight noodles and slow-cooked pork ridged with satiny fat. The real winner, however, is the miso ramen, enriched with a scoop of nutty fermented soybean paste and wavy egg noodles. Ramen is generally
a feast unto itself, but you can bulk up a meal with sides like char siu mayo don—a mound of rice heaped with more unctuous pork, yuzu-accented mayonnaise and raw sliced scallions.
|Venue name:||Totto Ramen||Contact:|
366 W 52nd St
|Cross street:||between Eighth and Ninth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–midnight; Sat, Sun 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average ramen: $10. Cash only|
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ordered the miso paitan (top) and spicy paitan (bottom) - the broth is a lot thicker than regular ramen, and a little on the salty side.
Visited Totto Ramen on a recent trip to New York. The ramen was great for a late dinner, with a thick tonkatsu broth paired with delicious noodles. I'm not a spice fiend, so the paitan was perfect for me, although next time, I think I'd go for the pork.
The OG location of Totto, despite facing a constant 30 min wait, is also the main location you should visit. The small interior, with its wraparound bar seating, beckons to the hole-in-the-wall ramen spots that proliferate Japan. They have a variety of ramen, mostly differing in broth (pork, miso, soysauce, seafood) and protein choices. Their signature, the Totto Spicy ramen, is thick, filling, and unabashedly heavy. This is one of the few times where the heavy, oily broth goes perfectly with the lighter meat and noodle pairing. The prices here are also comparable to other ramen spots across the city, so there's no real reason as to why you haven't been yet.
Great Raman joint. We went post theatre on the coldest night of the year but found a warm welcome and the best Raman I've ever tasted. Cool vibes and great atmosphere. Will be returning
Totto Ramen is my favorite ramen place in the city. Their ramen is a chicken based broth which I personally prefer over the more popular tonkatsu broth because it’s much lighter. Spicy Ramen with pork and added corn is my go-to option. My husband and I have also tried pretty much every appetizer on the menu – our favorites being the pork bun and fried chicken. I’ve also had some pretty tasty seasonal raw-fish based appetizers. The 52nd Street is the original location, but they have opened two other locations in the city. Both have much shorter lines. But, hey, it’s all part of the NY experience to wait in the freezing cold for 1.5 hours for Totto!
This is a GREAT ramen place. Not the best, but it's 2nd best (if you count Minca and their sister shop as one). Note that there are 3 branches all near each other so don't get confused. This one is on W52nd, then there's one just one block away at W51st! Then there's one more down 52nd on the East side. Confusing, I know. But once you're there you'll be treated to really authentic, thick-sauced ramen. It's a bit peanutbuttery, which isn't everyone's fav, but I LOVE it that way!
Totto Ramen is my go-to ramen. I've come here enough that I am allowed to say that this ramen beats other spots hands down.
I've had the Spicy Totto and Miso Ramen and I always battle myself every time I go because they're just so good. The broth is so silky and not as salty as the other spots.The pork is blow torched to perfection. The Spicy Totto is actaully not as spicy as you think it'll be but if you can't handle it Miso or Paitan is your go to.
The only thing I don't like here is the pork buns - you can get that somewhere else.
Another thing that Totto Ramen is that there is always going to be a line. Be prepared to wait about 20 - 30 minutes or more or you can go to their other location on 51 ST.