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The Best Ramen Shops In Philly Right Now

14 options if you’re craving ramen in Philly.

Any time we get a chance to eat some good ramen, it doesn’t take much convincing. But when the weather gets dreadful, our urge for a warm bowl of soup only gets stronger. Thankfully, Philly has several places to hit up when you’re in the mood for long noodles of tonkatsu, shoyu, or really any kind of ramen. Here are 14 excellent places that are serving great ramen in the city right now.


Neighborhood Ramen

When the seasons change, one of the first things you want is a bowl of hot broth to warm you up. Neighborhood Ramen, one of the best places to grab ramen in the city, has you covered. When you stop by the Queen Village noodle shop, try the shoyu ramen. Each bowl has a couple of pieces of pork chashu seeping with flavorful chicken broth, house shoyu, and toppings like scallion, menma, and ajitama.

If you’ve ever driven past 9th & Race, you’ve noticed a line growing around the corner. And no, it’s not people waiting to play minigolf at Franklin Square—everybody’s waiting for fantastic ramen from at this BYOB. One of our favorites is the mildly spicy tan tan ramen that’s bathing in spicy miso and chicken broth, minced pork, bean sprouts, and chopped scallions.

The tonkotsu ramen at Tomo Sushi & Ramen is the perfect cloudy soup for every cloudy day. At this Old City BYOB, you can get rich and creamy broth topped with bamboo shoots, scallions, red ginger, but it’s the pork base and tender pork belly that steal the show.

We don’t know if it’s the broth, the thick slabs of pork belly, or the chewy noodles that make the cha su ramen from Fishtown’s Da-Wa one of our go-tos. OK, it’s all of it. From the broth flowing with chili oil to the smokiness of roasted corn, it all comes together to make a soup that’s just spicy enough for you to feel some heat but not so overpowering that it takes away from its buttery pork-flavored broth.

The brisket ramen at Cheu Fishtown is more satisfying than a barista spelling your name right on the first try. The brisket is soft, juicy, and incredibly flavorful. It’s not every day you see a matzo ball in a ramen bowl, but the combination really works in this deliciously spicy dish.

Midtown Village’s Aki Nom Nom is one of the few ramen spots in the city offering outdoor seating. Whether you’re inhaling the fragrant Karai Tonkotsu on their outdoor setup or taking it to go, the earthy spice of the black garlic oil and the rich and milky broth make this a dish that’s hearty and silky smooth.

One of our favorite dishes at this Chinatown restaurant is the Megumi spicy miso ramen. With curly noodles, heaps of cabbage, fried burdock root, onion, and chashu swimming in the bowl, the only time you’ll pause while eating is deciding whether to use your spoon or chopsticks for the first bite.

The soft wavy noodles in the Zenbu No-Se Ramen at this University City spot are great for making sure you get those extra drops of broth with each bite. And this tonkotsu broth option feels like it has more toppings than South Street has bars. There’s marinated chashu pork, corn, menma, red pickled ginger, kikurage, a half-boiled egg, naruto, nori, sesame, and scallions, all sprinkled with roasted garlic oil on top. From the nutty flavor of the garlic to the tangy ginger, each element of this soup just works.

Spicy things are a dare for some people. The same people who let wasabi wage war against their sinuses order bowls of the spicy katsu ramen at this Manayunk spot. The deep-fried pork loin is great for sopping up every drop of their fiery signature sauce, but we definitely recommend having a drink on-hand.

Even though it’s one of the spicier ramens at this Center City spot, it’s our favorite. The Hakata Ramen’s fiery pork base is nicely balanced by pickled cabbage, red ginger, seaweed flakes, and a marinated egg. Plus, the tender char siu melts in your mouth. 

There’s something about eating a bowl of ramen that makes us feel like we’re getting a warm hug from the Phanatic (in a totally safe and non-threatening way, of course). And that’s exactly how we feel when eating Yamitsuki’s veggie miso ramen. This bowl is long-weekend-level restorative, with salty and miso flavors coming through in every spoonful of the broth that’s covered in sweet corn, scallion, bamboo, and bean sprouts.

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House has a pretty extensive menu of excellent noodle dishes. And since they specialize in hand-pulled noodles, that’s exactly what you should be ordering here. The oxtail noodle soup is the best—it comes in a salty broth that’s so subtly spicy that it won’t feel like a chili whacked you on the head. It’s also topped with cilantro, pickled greens, and is the ideal order when you want to escape to a version of noodle heaven.  

With heavy wooden accents, lanterns, and the floor space of a small corner store, this small shop in Midtown Village almost feels like a small noodle shop in Osaka—except for the Phillies fans out front. The main attraction here is the black pig ramen—the Berkshire pork tonkotsu broth is super creamy, plus the slow-cooked pork belly is juicy. It’s rich, flavorful, and perfectly balanced between spice and saltiness. 

Chinatown’s Spice C offers up warm bowls of expertly hand-drawn noodles. Flowing with beef soy sauce, thick-cut chicken, or colorful stewed cabbage, an order here will have you sending ramen emojis to your friends after your first spoonful.  There are a lot of options here, but we always get the Double Love with delicately sliced, tender beef brisket, bean sprouts, egg, carrots, and cabbage. 

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photo credit: Nicole Guglielmo

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