Where To Find The Best Ramen In Philadelphia

Our picks for the best bowls of piping hot ramen in Philly...

With cold temps arriving, we’re ready for ramen, and thankfully Philly is, too. From Rittenhouse to Chinatown to Washington Square, numerous spots throughout the city welcome you into their doors to warm up with a large bowl of noodles.

You’ll find that each ramen house places its own distinctive, slurp-able spin on the dish. Yet, across the board, all deliver a flavor-heavy punch extending far beyond the instant variety you may have grown up on. Fortunately, akin to the pre-packaged, ready-made days of ramen’s early American history, the authentically evolved options below all remain a quick and inexpensive bite to eat. In many cases, that means you can have lunch, dinner, or even a late, steamy Sunday first-meal-of-the-day for under $10. Score.

Read on for our picks for the best ramen in Philadelphia.

Cheu Noodle Bar

Noodles are the main attraction at Cheu Noodle Bar, a 32-seat restaurant that’s received solid praise since opening in early 2013. The oodles of noodles on the menu at this no-reservations hotspot include ramen, matzo ball, hand-torn and more. Reach for the miso or brisket ramen, and you can expect other notable ingredients, like kimchi and black garlic, to swim along in it.

Cheu Noodle Bar

Where:CHeU noodle bar, 255 S. 10th Street

www.cheunoodlebar.com

Terakawa Ramen

Japanese noodle bowls topped with roast pork, hard-boiled egg or soy-flavored chicken make up the main attractions at Terakawa Ramen, a sleek fast-service spot. The ramen-averse can sample platters with homemade curry, as well as rice bowls topped with marinated and roasted meats.

Terakawa Ramen

Where:Terakawa Ramen, 204 N. 9th Street

www.terakawaramenphilly.com

Hiro Ramen

There are seven types of ramen on the MSG-free menu at Washington Square's Hiro Ramen House, and they are each made with serious care. All meats and poultry are sourced locally, including the Berkshire pork, which makes its way into the two most popular menu items, "Hiro's Inch Of Heaven" and the "Gates Of Hell".

Hiro Ramen

Where:Hiro Ramen, 1102 Chestnut Street

www.hiroramen.com

Ramen Bar Philly

Just a few blocks from Market 16 Noodle Bar, Ramen Bar Philly has staked its own claim in University City, with an affordable menu featuring nine kinds of ramen with extra topping options like ginger, seaweed and marinated pork. If you finish all your noodles before your broth runs out, just say 
“Kae‐dama,
 Kudasai” 
to
 your server
 for 
a
 fresh 
batch
 at a cost of only two bucks.

Ramen Bar Philly

Where:Ramen Bar, 4040 Locust Street

www.ramenbarphilly.com

Nom Nom Ramen

Nom Nom offers far more than just noodles. Authentic Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen bowls come filled with mushrooms, bamboo, kelp, pickled ginger or soft-boiled eggs, among other ingredients. To master its flavorful broth, Nom Nom Ramen soaks pork bones for more than 24 hours to extract all the richness.

Nom Nom Ramen

Where:Nom Nom Ramen, 20 S. 18th Street

www.nomnomramen.com

Morimoto

Morimoto is known for more than its ramen. The Stephen Starr and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto-owned restaurant boasts some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city. With two types — yasai ramen for the vegetarians and Morimoto ramen soup (Chef’s take on chicken noodle) during dinner — and the addition of a pork belly ramen during lunch, the longstanding restaurant is the place to be if you’re looking for a night – or afternoon — out and some delicious noodle-filled soup.

Morimoto

Where:Morimoto, 723 Chestnut Street

www.morimotorestaurant.com

CoZara

Choose from a spicy chicken with chili oil option or a classic pork belly ramen infused with bacon fat at this 140-seat, bi-level Japanese eatery in University City. Both the lunch and dinner menu offer ramen alongside a wide array of other veggie, meat and seafood options.

CoZara

Where:coZara, 3200 Chestnut Street

cozaraphilly.com

Zento

A pork-heavy bowl of ramen is the staple at Old City's Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine. Made with pork-bone stock and pork collar, the affordable dish is available during lunch and dinner alongside an array of options from its sushi bar.

Zento

Where:Zento Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar, 132 Chestnut Street

www.zentocontemporary.com

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