We Be Ramen (I Hope You Like Ramen Too)


NARUTO RAMEN | 1596 3rd Ave. (bet. 89th & 90th Sts.) | 212.289.7803 | No Website | | | | Naruto Ramen on Urbanspoon


IT LATELY MAY SEEM THAT I’ve had RAMEN on the mind about more than usual. I recently posted about my “RAM-LETTE”—a ramen omelet I made about a month ago—and as I was trying to select what HARLEM restaurant I was going to last weekend (I smartly chose the wonderful HARLEM SHAKE), I added new MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS area JIN RAMEN to my “to-do” list.

And I was running errands in Carnegie Hill yesterday early afternoon, I happened to pass by local Naruto Ramen, A small boite of a ramen house, purported to serve really good and authentic JAPANESE ramen. This in a neighborhood that is exponentially overrun with Asian fusion joints that offer different Asian cuisines but do none of them exceptionally well.

Enjoying the first 70° day of 2014, I was in no rush to get back home, so I jumped at the opportunity to finally try the place out.


Naruto Ramen

Naruto Ramen

Naruto Ramen


I have likewise heard of their great lunch special: one of their normal-sized bowls of ramen—house Naruto, curry, tantan (spicy sesame), miso, sura (soy sauce with vinegar)—with your choice of gyoza (pork dumpling), fried rice, or curry chicken with rice appetizer.


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As a first time Naruto customer, I of course had to order their house ramen, which is a copious amount of properly toothsome ramen noodles, served in a huge bowl with a rich soy sauce-based broth, deliciously tender and fatty slow-roasted pork, a Japanese-style fish cake, and rounded out nicely by dried seaweed, floral scallions, sour and plump boiled egg, and crispy cool bean sprouts.

The thin, crispy, pan-fried-then-steamed dough wrapper of the gyoza dumplings held a tight, juicy, flavorful ball of seasoned ground pork with chives, and made for an ideal starter to what would be the best meal of my day.


Gyoza | Naruto Ramen

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Naruto Ramen Bowl

Naruto Ramen Bowl

Naruto Ramen Bowl


Sometimes I’m tempted to give my YORKVILLE too much credit. Sometimes I don’t give it enough. The really solid places to eat in Yorkville are so rare it’s easy to see why I call the “gems”. And many don’t stick around so long with the ever greater gentrification of an already pretty homogenous neighborhood.

Naruta Ramen is a welcome reminder to enjoy these gems before they’re “all gone”! :)


Thumbs Up!

All Gone!


Bun Apple Tea!

KACNYC


NARUTO RAMEN | 1596 3rd Ave. (bet. 89th & 90th Sts.) | 212.289.7803 | No Website | | | | Naruto Ramen on Urbanspoon

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