Best Midtown Ramen: Readers’ Poll 2013

It’s time for the 2013 Midtown Lunch Readers’ Poll. Your nominations are in, and between now and the end of the year we’ll be asking all of you to vote for the best Midtown Lunches in a whole range of categories. You can only vote once per category (so choose wisely), and official results will be posted after the new year.

2012 was a banner year for ramen in Midtown, and yet somehow 2013 may have gotten even better- for those willing to go a bit out of bounds, that is. The Midtown branch of Ippudo finally opened on 51st btw. 8+9th, and if that wasn’t enough Ivan Ramen opened last month in the new Gotham Market, further testing how far Midtown Lunchers were willing to travel for great ramen. It also has cemented Midtown once and for all as the ramen capital of New York City. How good is Midtown’s ramen scene? Mainstays Sapporo and Men Kui Tei aren’t even in the conversation anymore. Here are the nominees for the best ramen in Midtown:

Vote for your favorite after the jump…



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    Too late for it to affect my suggestions this year, but I’ve noticed that the reader’s polls competitions include restaurants that are ‘out of bounds’. What are the boundaries for the competition?

    • Technically the boundaries are 60th to the north, 32nd to the south, 3rd Ave to the East and 8th Ave to the West… but we make a few exceptions in the cases when we believe a nominee has a real chance of winning.

  • I’ve only tried 3 out of this list so it wouldn’t be fair…

  • Not only do I love the ramen at Hide Chan, but their spicy pork buns and gyoza with cheese are absolutely delicious. It definitely earns my vote!

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