When most Americans hear ramen, they immediately think about the packets of Ramen Noodles that are super cheap and pretty easy to prepare for a quick meal. However, ramen is an art form all its own and the amount of flavors one can capture in a ramen dish is simply astonishing.
Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai is somewhat of a chain in Japan with 57 locations. However, there happens to be a location in Costa Mesa, California that brings the Japanese heritage to the U.S. With a heavy concentration on the Soba noodle, chef Akira Nakahara has been recognized as one of the masters of noodle making after being accepted by the Ban Nai family.
8. Mangetsu, Sakata, Yamagata Japan
Mangetsu has a rich history that started in 1960. The name translates to “full moon” and tourists can’t seem to get enough of the ramen that is prepared by the second generation of Mangetsu, Tadashi Saito.
7. Ramen Lab, NY
Ramen Lab is a restaurant incubator and experimental spot where new takes on the classic dish are being concocted. It’s an interesting experience for chefs and visitors who share a passion for ramen, making it one of the most unique places as well.
6. Jinya Ramen Bar, California
Jinya Ramen Bar was built off the desire for Tomonori Takahashi to enjoy his favorite Japanese meal. In order to fulfill his desire for the dish Takahashi used his knowledge of his father’s hard work in the restaurant business. The result was a successful business with plenty of delicious ramen.
5. Misoya, NY
Misoya NY is a ramen/miso restaurant that specializes in three types of miso. You could say the focus here is the brother for sure and the official website of the restaurant gives you a full breakdown of what miso contains and how it is made.
4. Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, Yokohama, Japan
For a truly educational and delicious meal of ramen. The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is the place to be. As its name suggests, the museum is dedicated to ramen so it serves as a place where ramen lovers can discover the origins and tastes of all types of ramen.
3. Men-Eiji, Japan
In Men-Eiji, ramen lovers can be sure that only the best ingredients are being used for their meal. According to the official webpage, Men-Eiji uses Hokkaido wheat for their noodles which are considers “high-quality” for ramen.
The Tsuta restaurant happens to be a Michelin starred ramen restaurant and is the first ramen restaurant to receive the honor. The restaurant is located in Tokyo and the system in which you must go through to get a seat at the restaurant full reflects that.
1. Kagari, Japan
Kagari is located in Ginza, Japan and it specializes in ramen with a creamy chicken broth. The setting along with the attention to detail in the food is heavily addressed in articles that have featured the restaurant. Don’t get confused when you visit as their signs doesn’t say Kagari, however, it does read SOBA.
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