David Chang, the founding father of New York’s ramen culture, famously pronounced that ramen was dead in early 2015. But could this noodle-making kitchen genius really kill off what is arguably a cold New Yorker’s favorite dish? We think not.
Ramen restaurants have been popping up all over the city since Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar opened 10 years ago. With lines out the door, strict cash-only policies and crowded bar stool seating, there’s enough to deter city dwellers from popular ramen shops. But strong they still stand. With new popular ramen shops like Sun Noodle’s Ramen Lab and the new pop-up turned brick-and-mortar Mu Ramen drawing huge crowds in 2015, there’s proof that ramen is her to stay.
Check out a few of our favorite NYC ramen spots and forget this Japanese noodle soup’s falsely imminent death.