The first summer I moved back to Brooklyn from San Francisco back in 2010, ramen joints had taken the city by storm. In the three years that I was gone, places like Ippudo, Hide-Chan, Toto Ramen, and Rai Rai Ken (just to name a few) had sprouted around town. Having recently traveled to Tokyo, I was ecstatic that I wouldn’t be missing those very tasty noodles. The only problem? The restaurants were all in Manhattan and required a subway trek (and in the case of Ippudo, a two-hour wait.)

So I’m pretty thrilled with the new ramen shops popping up around Brooklyn these days. Dassara on Smith Street is a go-to-spot. Chuko and Ramen Yebisu are on the next-up list. And Ganso in Downtown Brooklyn has just become a new favorite. Even before the restaurant opened, it had already received a good amount of press. (One of the owners, Harris Salat, is a cookbook author and blogger at The Japanese Food Report.) And after, well, plenty of dining critics plus a whole bunch of friends on Instagram were thrilled that it lived up to the hype. 

I’ve stopped by for lunch a few times this past month. I usually zero in on the Ganso ramen, with its soy-based broth, seasonal greens, and perfectly cooked noodles. The pork shoulder and pork belly practically melt in your mouth (clichéd, sure, but there’s no other way to describe it.) As a slightly lighter meal, the spicy vegetarian Tan Tan Ramen just might be the best vegetarian ramen I’ve ever had.

And even though it’s not super close to my apartment, I can still easily amble home fully satisfied and maybe burn off some pork belly to boot.

25 Bond St (between Livingston St & Fulton St)
Brooklyn, NY

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2 Responses to Ganso

  1. Brian April 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    I went to Ganso when it first opened. The Stamina ramen rocks. My GF had the veg and she really like hers too. Good addition to the neighborhoo.

  2. emily April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    I agree, the stamina ramen is unreal. Get it next time when you go. Also the kimchi buns.


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