by Roaming Panda
Ramen is hands down one of my all-time favorite foods. It's Asian comfort food and while it may have all originated in Japan, no Asian can resist the allure of a piping hot bowl of chewy noodles with an assortment of toppings all designed to be savagely slurped down. It warms your body and your soul and I've never been mad while taking down a bowl of ramen.
NYC is littered with ramen restaurants and narrowing it down to just one to dine at was really tough. Through a few Google searches and Yelp reviews, we landed at Nakamura. Nakamura was started by Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura. Hailing from Japan, Chef Nakamura has made a name for himself in Japan with his ramen restaurant, Nakamura-Ya. With his success, he brought his craft to the states and started Nakamura NYC in 2016.
The restaurant itself is really small, holding maybe 20 people max. When it comes to ramen though, the smaller and more intimate the setting the better. There's something special about sitting elbow-to-elbow with a small group of other ramen lovers slurping noodles down. Nakamura has a nice selection of ramen to choose from. I was torn between a few until the person sitting next to me got what I was eyeballing. I got one whiff and my choice was clear: The Truffle Miso. Fragrant, savory, and absolutely delicious.
If you're in the neighborhood and you're looking for some really good ramen, Nakamura's got your number.