A nice hot bowl of soup noodles is total comfort food to me and ramen noodles (no not the instant kind though I eat those too) almost always hit the spot. Bassanova Ramen, a popular shop in Tokyo opened their first NYC location in Chinatown last summer. Located down a small flight of stairs just south of Canal Street, the airy modern space has an open kitchen and semi-communal seating with marble slab tabletops. Oversized chopsticks and ladles are provided for you to eat with. They have some unique offerings on the menu like a Lemon Black Pepper Tondaku Ramen which had a pleasant brightness thanks to the citrus. The broth of their Tondaku (Tonkotsu) ramen was satisfyingly flavorful and full bodied without being greasy and the thin noodles had a nice toothsome texture. The chasu was tender and tasty. I was a little less impressed with their version of the soupless mazemen. I tried the Vegetarian one with Truffle Oil and it was rather bland and boring though the thicker wavy noodles were nice. If you're into that style, Yuji Ramen at Whole Foods Bowery is a much better bet. The service we experienced on several occasion was friendly yet flighty but not bad enough to keep me from coming back. For the prices ($10 - $16/bowl), it would be nice if they accepted credit cards.
Bassanova Ramen was named by the New York Times as one of the top 10 ramen destinations in New York. Hide-Chan which they have in the 4 spot is my personal favorite but it's nice knowing that Bassanova is closeby if I don't feel like a trip uptown for a ramen fix. While we're on the subject, I'm just dying to try the ramen at Takashi which is only served after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. And in case you didn't know, here's a lesson on how to eat ramen.
Are you a fan of ramen? Where's your favorite place for it?
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