WELCOME TO TOTTO RAMEN
I will admit that my interest in ramen was pretty much non-existent until I reached the apex of having been hit with its imagery all over Instagram. (Yes, of course, I've had Cup O' Noodles. Who hasn't? But that ain't food.) I felt like I was being personally attacked by the endless amounts of pictures of people lifting up their ramen noodles at restaurants or posting behind the scenes footage of them lifting up their noodles or using any one of the countless social media sites to post pictures showing evidence that, yes, in fact they're lifting noodles. Oddly enough, I started getting more interested in grabbing a picture of a bowl of ramen more so than I was interested in actually tasting it. I just wanted a pretty photo. Luckily, I decided to have my first official plate of restaurant ramen at Totto Ramen, located on East 52nd street, and it delivered. To start off, a plate of Teba Gyoza, which are fried chicken wings stuffed dumplings. Almost immediately I questioned how in the hell that food concoction came to be. But as soon as I took a bite I didn't care for the answer. These were very delicious and a part of me kind of wished I was dealing with boneless chicken wings. The dumplings compliment the chicken so wonderfully and together they make for such a necessary few moments of chewing that I hated that I had to deal with a bone all up in my face. But nevertheless, a total win. I ordered the Miso Paitan as my main dish. It comes with pork, half boiled egg, scallions, bean sprouts and onions. A bowl filled to the brim and popping with flavor, I loved my food from the first slurp. Totto Ramen has gotten a lot of press and I can see why. From the layout to the restaurant where you're seated towards the back of the room, giving it the vibe that you're about to be taken to meet someone very important and/or dangerous, to their options and their efficient service. Go here if you love ramen or if you have an addiction to lifting noodles.