Totto Ramen @ New York, NY

i was in nyc this past weekend for my friend’s bday. 3 in the afternoon we were hungry, but a lot of places were closed and not yet opened for din din. we stayed at the westin hotel in time square and totto ramen was walking distance. i was always hesitated to try totto ramen and other popular ramen places in nyc because its guaranteed a long wait and probably jus hyped up places where food probably isnt that good.

well it was 3:30 in the afternoon i thought if i ever gonna try this place out, this would be the perfect time to try it out since the wait would be shorter during off-peak hours. i was wrong.

oh i also took my new lens that pork belly bought me for xmas, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens. my very first review with this lens. i was pretty happy with the performance.

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there are a lot more ppl than it seems because ppl can put their names on the list and come back later. make sure you come back in time tho cuz if you are not there when they call your name, they will skip you and you have to wait again. trust me, they are very firm on this policy. i witnessed 4-5 parties got skipped and they cried, bitched, and whined and they still didnt give them a table. make sure you stay in this little ‘room’ too cuz the guy doesnt always make his way outside to call your name.
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we ended up waiting for 1.5 hours or even longer.
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everything was probably pre-made, they brought over food very fast. when we were ordering, the waitress told us three times that we ordered too much. she sounded like she didnt want to take our order cuz we ordered too much. we waited for 1.5+ hours and starving to death and cant have whatever we wanted? come one now.

Avo Tuna torched tuna sashimi w/ avocado marinated in special yuzu garlic sauce

nothing special.
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Char Siu Mayo Don house special broiled pork with yuzu mayonnaise on a bed of rice
the texture of the char siu is inconsistent. some were dry and hard while some were super dry and hard. really hard to chew. nice flavor tho.
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Totto Spicy Ramen with chicken- original rayu, spicy sesame oil, homemade noodles in a whole chicken and premium soy sauce based soup topped with scallion, char siu pork, bean sprouts, and nori
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Totto Spicy Ramen with pork – the pork is cooked with a torch
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the guy is cooking the pork with a torch for the house specialty

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noodles are al dente, but too skinny for my liking.
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char siu buns w/char siu chunk and tartar sauce
probably one of the worst pork buns ive ever had. dry hard pork, and i hate mayonnaise.
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uni don – whenever i see uni, i just have to order it.
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we managed to finish pretty much everything we ordered. i wasnt even super stuffed. the size of their ramen isnt big, i wouldnt be full if i just had that.

totto ramen is pretty hyped up. i did enjoy the broth but thats about it. nothing was spectacular plus we had to wait for so long for this, not even to mention in cold.

i would probably return only if there is absolutely no wait, but its very unlikely to happen.

bye totto ramen, we probably wont ever meet again.

Totto Ramen

Category: Japanese
366 W 52nd St
(between 9th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019
Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District
(212) 582-0052

http://www.tottoramen.com

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39 thoughts on “Totto Ramen @ New York, NY

  1. Sounds about right. I probably won’t ever go back to Totto because it was a long, long wait for just “meh”.

    Go to Ippudo instead. There will be a wait, but I think the ramen is MUCH better. And the restaurant itself isn’t as hole-in-the-wall-y.

  2. I pass this place on my way to and from work and every day, without fail, there is a huge line out the door. Rain, snow, heat- it doesn’t matter. It got a C in the health grades, then the grade was pending, then it was an A, then it went down to a B- and STILL, a line out the door. There are a ton of hostile rules posted on the window (like the skipping of your name and cash only) and it doesn’t matter- still, a line out the door.

    And everyone that eats there basically comes away going “meh, not worth the wait.” I just don’t get how it does so well!

  3. Wow pity you waited so long for nondescript food. But at least you can say you’ve tried it, and it’s officially hyped up right? I guess the waitress was probably worried that you were going to take that table up for too long bearing in mind the long queue! You might spend double the time compared to other customers..and if you didn’t really like the food, you might not finish it, maybe their stock is limited. She was probably not having a stress-free day :P

    • exactly, its more of a ‘been there done that’ thing. another one off my list. i think she was worried we were gonna take the leftovers home cuz they dont have any containers for takeout. or she was jus sincerely warning us that we ordered too much.

  4. The place looks very busy. The food photos are well taken.It make s the food very delectable. Thanks for sharing.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

  5. Heading to NYC in April, good to know where to go and where to miss especially with 1.5 hour waiting times! Yikes! I have only done that once and would not do it again.

  6. Love to eat ramen in the city…there are so many good places all over but it will definitely be busy near time square…many good little ramen shops you would never hear of near Union Square and Wall Street…Great photos made me so hungry

  7. I’m headed to NY in May for work, I’m going to make sure I stop here and try the food, thanks for the recommendation and follow!! Looking forward to reading more!

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  9. seems like there are many ramen places popping up in nyc. there’s one coming on clinton street on the LES. my family and i sometimes like Ippudo–pretty good, but also long lines. oddly, we have ramen at our wholefoods upstairs on houston street.

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