302 E 49th St (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10017
I’m really tired of eating at fancy places (#firstworldproblems). I was about to blog about my recent trip to Bouley, then just got so bored writing about the smoked Alaskan salmon with Tasmanian mustard seed, creme fraiche, coconut sugar, and gluten free crouton (yes that is all in one dish, the amuse bouche actually – not even a real dish). I’ve come to accept that as much as I have an appreciation for places like Bouley and Jean Georges, I get most excited about eating, taking photos, and blogging about homey hole-in-the-wall places like this one!
So, Nishida Sho-Ten is a cute little ramen place in Midtown East. There are always diners eating there, but I’ve never had to wait in line for a seat before.
Their gyoza might just be the best I’ve had in the city. I’m almost certain it’s made from scratch in-house. The skin is super thin. Very crispy on the bottom (all connected in one sheet like a massive chip too!) and chewy on top. The filling is delicate and moist. It’s normally $5 and on Mondays they have a deal for $1.50! Definitely get this.
LAW got the White Kakuni Ramen ($10). Kakuni is a braised pork (similar to Chinese Red Cooked Pork Belly). The broth is not as thick as the Totto Ramen broth, but is still incredibly flavorful (and garlicky).
The noodles were thick and wavy, the usual pairing with miso. The wavy noodles are supposed to help pick up the nutty bits of fermented soy. I think this results in the “gumminess” I refer to, which isn’t a negative thing at all. I definitely used to prefer this heartier style.
All in all, Nishida Sho-Ten is a LEGIT ramen shop without the wait that Totto always has. The gyoza is FANTASTIC and the ramen is very authentic. Highly recommend!