The history behind this famous Asian soup is as cloudy as its broth, but scholars say it originated in China before being brought to Japan in the early 19th century. Since then, it’s become a staple in Japanese cuisine. Comprised of wheat noodles served in a fish or bone broth topped with green onion and meat, this salty soup is the perfect way to indulge on a chilly winter’s night.
Yona, Arlington, Virginia
Top Chef season six winner Mike Isabella’s Japanese joint offers traditional and creative takes on ramen. From the universal crowd-pleaser of Miso Pork Ramen to Chicken Curry Ramen and Veggie Ramen, you’re going to want to add all of these to your Insta. Make a reservation at Yona.
SakaMai, New York, New York
This Lower East Side izakaya and sake spot serves up one seriously rich bowl of ramen. Under their uni section, the Uni Mazemen Ramen is accompanied by a massive marrow bone that you can scrape into your soup — or enjoy on the side. Make a reservation at SakaMai.
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver, Colorado
Sample a variety of pan-Asian cuisine at the second restaurant by Top Chef season 12 finalist Gregory Gourdet. Departure is known for crafting one of the tastiest versions of Spicy Miso Ramen in the Mile High City. Make a reservation at Departure Restaurant + Lounge.
Haikan, Washington D.C.
Don’t miss the Sapporo-style ramen from the team at Haikan with noodles custom-made for them in Sapporo, Japan. Their broth is called Chintan and is a complex mixture of chicken, beef, and pork. Choose from a small or large bowl and add as many toppings as your ramen-loving heart desires. Make a reservation at Haikan.