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17 expert recommendations
Platonic ideal of what you spent all those semesters living off of. Taut ramen noodles with thick, fatty pork, in addictive broth.
The irony of Noodle Bar is that until recently, the noodles weren’t very good; now they’re near perfect. The learning curve for fowl has been quicker. Full review →
Celebrated Korean-American chef David Chang is at the helm of this airy restaurant. The menu changes daily and might include steamed pork buns or duck confit salad.
Chef-owner David Chang has created a shrine to ramen with this stylish 70-seat restaurant. Full review →
Practically unclassifiable, Momofuku might be put in the Asian noodle category. Full review →
With just 30 stools and a no-reservations policy, you will always have to wait to cram into this tiny phenomenon. Full review →
This spot launched Chef David Chang's ascent into celebrity chef-dom. Full review →
This is Japanese ramen by way of a Carolina whole-hog barbecue, with more than a soupçon of French technique. Full review →
Anything that gives more people easier access to David Chang’s steamed buns of pork belly, hoisin, scallion and cucumber is a humanitarian advance. Full review →
Because who can get into M. Ko? Full review →
Incredible noodles from one of the most influential contemporary chefs. Full review →
Celebrated chef David Chang’s first restaurant, where his most simple creations are still the best.
Yes, yes, yes, and yes to Ippudo, Totto, Ivan, Rai Rai Ken and whatever other ramen you want to challenge with – they’re all awesome too. Full review →
David Chang has gone from East Village rebel to awards-circuit veteran, piling up accolades from Bon Appétit, GQ, the James Beard Society, Food & Wine. Full review →
This sleek, wooden East Village noodle bar has the right kind of hype—not the high-gloss, flashy, media type, but the street level, word-of-mouth kind. Full review →
There are a half-dozen Asian-noodle palaces in the East Village, but this one manages to do it with a twist. Full review →
An intimate setting for ramen, fried chicken, soup, kimchi, steamed pork buns and other Asian delights, with a late-night kitchen open until 1 am Full review →