Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Lots of people are talking about the mainstream ramen joints that are Ippudo or Momofuku, but they should not miss some great, more low key ramen restaurants that one can find walking the streets of the city. This is how we found Ramen Thukpa, by simply walking down 7th avenue. 

 Dining room at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Dining room at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Dining room at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Dining room at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

It is a small place for sure with a courteous and efficient staff. There, they serve Tibetan and Japanese food, focusing on hot pots, at reasonable prices. They have a great deal with a lunch special from Monday to Friday where you get an appetizer and either ramen or cold noodles without broth. We went for the ramen of course!

But first were the appetizers. Jodi chose the vegetable spring rolls that were delightfully greasy and crispy. 

 Vegetable Spring Rolls at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Vegetable Spring Rolls at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

On my side, I went for the pork and chive dumplings. At first, I was a bit disappointed when I saw them, because I like them fried, but I have to admit that they were delicious: tasty, with a shell that was perfect, not thick or doughy. 

 Pork dumplings at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Pork dumplings at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Pork dumplings at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Pork dumplings at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Then the ramen came. Jodi chose the Buddha Ramen composed of shoyu (soy sauce)
Based vegetable broth with age tofu, spinach, bean sprouts, corn, bamboo shoots and scallion. She added half miso egg that was only 50 cents supplement (some restaurants really push it and charge two bucks). 

 Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

On my side, I ordered the Tonkotsu Miso Ramen that was made with chicken and pork bone broth, bean sprouts, braised chicken, corn, bamboo shoots and scallion. I also added half miso egg, as well as chashu pork. 

 Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Miso egg in Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Miso egg in Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Braised chicken in Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Braised chicken in Tonkotsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Both ramen were delicious, but I preferred the Tonkatsu one that was so good. The broth was rich and milky and there were lots of veggies there. The pork and chicken were also delicious, tasty and perfectly cooked. 

As far as the noodles were concerned, they were both different, the one in the Tonkotsu slightly thinner. 

 Noodles in the Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Noodles in the Buddha ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

 Noodles in the Tonkatsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Noodles in the Tonkatsu miso ramen at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

The result on my side was an empty bowl... It was sublime and I definitely recommend this place. Would I go back to Ramen Thupka? Definitely and the best proof I liked it is there:

 Empty bowl at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Empty bowl at Ramen Thukpa in the West Village, NYC, New York

Enjoy (I did)!

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