Noodles are a staple of many dishes across a variety of cultures. Luckily for you, New York City is the place to be when it comes to trying food from all over the world. Across the boroughs, you'll find many restaurants with delicious, must-try noodle dishes. Here are ten of the best spots for when your instant ramen isn't cutting it for you.
Ivan Ramen is the creation of Chef Ivan Orkin. Orkin spent years developing his craft in Tokyo, opening two ramen shops there. Now, he has two locations in New York—the flagship location on the Lower East Side and Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at the Gotham West Market. If you're not in the mood for ramen, you can try the seafood tsukemen, a type of dipping noodle.
Xi'an Famous Foods
If you're in the mood for some authentic Western Chinese food, there isn't a better place than Xi'an Famous Foods. You might already recognize the name, as the family-owned business has been mentioned in shows such as Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. When the company was first founded in 2005, it had one location in Flushing, Queens. Now, 15 locations are scattered across Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Xi'an Famous Foods are known for their hand-ripped noodles, also known as Biang Biang noodles.
Ippudo specializes in tonkotsu ramen, a traditional Japanese meal. Tonkotsu ramen is made with a base of pork bone broth and has a consistency similar to miso soup. However, despite tonkotsu being their specialty, their pork buns are hard to beat. While there, be sure to try some sake! Ippudo has three locations in NYC; Ippudo Westside, Ippudo NY (East Village) and Ippudo 5th Avenue.
Ichiran is another Japanese restaurant that specializes in Tonkotsu. For those eating alone, the restaurant has individual booths known as "flavor concentration booths." Closed partitions allow the scent of the food to remain in the air while you are eating, so you get the whole sensory experience. You are encouraged to eat quietly so as not to disturb others on their journey. The ramen here is a little pricier than most places, but it is absolutely worth it and a very authentic Japanese experience (similar concepts are scattered all across Japan). Ichiran has three locations in New York: Brooklyn, Midtown and Times Square.
Iki Modern Japanese Cuisine
Located in the Hyatt Place Hotel in Flushing, Iki Modern Japanese Cuisine offers many dishes. While they are mostly known for their high-end sushi, you shouldn't sleep on their noodles. Try their Banshu Yamaimo Soba, a cold noodle with ponzu sauce. Iki is on the pricier side, but the quality of the food makes it well worth the price. The restaurant uses only the finest ingredients and gets all their fish imported from Japan.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
For a more lowkey experience, try checking out Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles. You can find a Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles location in Chinatown and Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles II, located just a few blocks from Times Square. The food is delicious, the service is quick, and the food is inexpensive. All the noodles are hand-pulled on the premises!
Oboa is a Thai restaurant that you can find at two locations; Hell's Kitchen and Midtown East. At Oboa, you can experience traditional Thai and Vietnamese food with a modern twist. You can find classic dishes like Pad Thai and Pho Noodles here. They offer several vegan and gluten-free options, so there's no need to skip noodles if you have any dietary restrictions.
Spice Symphony offers a mix of Indian and Chinese food on its menu with tasty highlights, including the Schezwan Hakka Noodles, the Stir Fry Hakka Noodles and the Triple Schezwan dish which includes both rice and noodles. There are two locations for Spice Symphony, one on 50th Street and one on Lexington Avenue. The ambiance at these locations is very vibrant and will keep you coming back for more.
For those looking for a noodle spot in the Bronx, Zhongzhong Noodles can't be beat. They are inspired by Chongqing City in Sichuan province, one of China's most iconic food capitals. They also have a location in Roosevelt Island. Both spots offer tasty dishes such as the Braised Beef Noodle, the Zha Jiang Noodle and Tomato & Sliced Beef Noodle.
Mo's Original has a lot more than what your typical ramen shop offers. Located by Prospect Park, Mo's has mixed Japanese and Caribbean cuisine to create a delicious dish. At Mo's, they smoke the meat and the broth to deliver a unique mash-up of flavors that might seem strange but works beautifully.