Totto Ramen, one of New York City’s most popular ramen shops, with two locations in Midtown, has just opened its third location, on the East Side at 248 East 52 Street. The third Totto Ramen is located just beneath Hide–Chan Ramen, which has sometimes been called the restaurant’s competitor but is more like its cousin, in the words of The New York Times.
The two ramen shops are owned Bobby Munekata, and each shop is meant to concentrate on its own specialties: pork tonkotsu from Hide-Chan and chicken paitan ramen from Totto.
Munekata reportedly collaborated with a chef from Hakata, Japan (“pork-based ramen’s home region”) on each of the menus.
The expansion keeps all the Totto locations along the same stretch of Midtown and will hopefully shorten the loyal lunchtime lines of expectant ramen lovers. If you haven’t yet worked up the courage to go, head over early to beat the rush, and know that you’re in good company: Totto has been well reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine, to name a few.