You Gotta’ Try Hide-Chan’s Ramen

I forgot to request the wavy noodles because those are my favorite, but this bowl of ramen from Hide-Chan was still fantastic. A friend and I wanted to try Hide-Chan in Midtown East because we read on NY Serious Eats that they thought it was the best ramen in NYC. And to be honest, out of all of the ramen I have had in NY, which isn’t much, maybe like 6 places, Hide-Chan was the best. Of course my friend who I usually eat ramen with said the same thing he always says after we eat noodles, “I like Sapporo better.”

Hide-Chan definitely won’t be for everyone.  I say this because the pork slices were slightly fatty and the broth had a fatty taste to it, which is probably why I loved it so much. I’m a fan of fatty meat because it holds so much flavor. What you see in the picture is their traditional dish, the Hakata Tonkotsu ramen. Thinking back to it, it really was fantastic. The broth, the meat, the seasoned egg (which I asked to be put in) and it would have only been made better if I remembered to order my egg noodles. Not that they noodles they had in it were bad, but for some reason I’m a thin, egg noodle type of girl. I wish I had ordered more of the pork too, it was the perfect fat to meat ratio and the fat just melted in my mouth. Damn, my mouth is watering right now.

And what you see in the other picture is an octopus and wasabi side dish that my friend ordered. It was cold, spicy and each piece felt like it popped in your mouth when you bit into it. The wasabi will get to you too! I can’t wait to come back here. Next time I might get the ramen with roasted garlic oil because the guy next to me got it and I kept turning around to stare at it. The scent was just hypnotizing.

9.5 out of 10


248 E 52nd St

(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10022

-Joyce Huang
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