I finally braved the long line on the crowded sidewalk of 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen to try the highly-acclaimed ramen at Totto Ramen. I arrived ten minutes before opening, and there already was a line. There’s a clipboard on the door, and this is where you sign up with the number in your party. There were more than 20 names before mine, so I knew there’d be a wait. Thanks to Word Whomp, my dining companion and I got through the hour and a half fairly easily. We got the first two seats at the counter and were hurriedly asked what we wanted. I should’ve read the menu, so I knew what I wanted immediately. I ordered a vegetable ramen because I wanted more veggies but also got it with chicken.
I got a char siu pork bun as well. The bun came first, and it was out of this world. I’ve never had ramen before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure how to eat it at first until I watched other patrons. The noodles are starchy, which is probably no surprise to a seasoned ramen eater. The hot bowl of veggies and ramen was the perfect food for a cold day in NYC. I’m not sure I’d wait on line for it again, but it was good. The pork bun, however, was exceptionally delish. I might wait on line for that again.