Yes, I know, I’m about 24 hours late on this. Its beginning to feel a lot like spring here compared to what we experienced the previous 4 days. Today I can finally wear just enough layers and headgear to be recognizable and to comfortably go to the bathroom during tours. And I dont need to inspect the mummies I’m with every 30 minutes to make sure these are the people I’m touring with
Although during this cold spell I’ve been craving mostly Thai and Vietnamese soups, Ramen is usually the more common medicine. So for the latest issue of W42st, that colorful magazine you see all over Hell’s Kitchen, I wrote about my favorite Ramen dishes in a neighborhood that is perhaps most Ramen heavy in NYC today. Remember the four pillars of Hell’s Kitchen: Ramen, Mexican, Thai and Gay bars. Come to think of it, Gay bars is the only one I didnt write about. I’m on it.
Chicken Paitan at Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (top)- While the average folk go for the classic dishes that made Ivan famous, savvy W42st readers should opt for the latest and greatest. The richness and deliciousness of a Tonkotsu without the heaviness.
Yuzu-Kosho Ramen at Mentoku – Solid Ramen with no wait in Hell’s Kitchen is like finding a parking spot within 30 minutes. Love the way they cut that Chasu so thin, and that spicy, zesty Yuzu paste carries some serious depth.
Spicy Ramen at Totto (bottom)- Its that complex spicy sesame oil that transforms this thing into an umami of flavors. On a really cold day, it doesnt get much better than this. Ok, maybe Turks and Caicos.
Akamaru Modern at Ippudo – Its a good time to catch up with your virtual friends while waiting for your table. Two hours later you can return the favor by posting this sumptuousness.
Tonkatsu with Spicy Black Garlic Sauce at Hide-Chan Ramen – If you like it ultra rich and porky, it doesn’t get much richer than this. Get the fried chicken too while you’re at it.