The best ramen in the city (in my humble opinion) is only available on Wednesdays, and the restaurant only serves 30 bowls of it. This means you must get there right as the place opens at noon, and without any hesitation or shame, order as you're still walking to the table. You will find that this is the method that all the veteran customers, especially the older Japanese businessmen, use to score this highly-coveted bowl of ramen.
Plus, there is nothing worse than when the server says, "Oh, I'm sorry but this table just ordered the last one," as she points to the next table. This happened to us yesterday at Aburiya Kinnosuke, and I wanted to shoot myself. Or shoot them? It's survival of the fittest.
For $13.50, you get a salad, bowl of ramen and a rice dish. Today it was beef over rice (gyu-don). The ramen is topped with a mound of slivered scallions- gorgeous!
The simple salt-based soup is simmered with scallops and pork (we think). True umami here- you will drink the soup until there is not nearly a drop left.
The noodles are bouncy and al dente. So easily slurpable, yet you don't ever want it to ever end so you end up savoring each bite.
By the time we leave at 1pm, some bad news for ramenaholics.
Lesson: Get here at NOON! Do as my friend Jenny did today- cab it if you need to. Run, don't walk, and order as you walk in.
141 E 47th Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10017
PS- this would be a good time to rewatch TAMPOPO.