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The Best Places To Get Ramen in Philadelphia

The Best Places To Get Ramen in Philadelphia

By Brendan Sweeney

The Philadelphia ramen scene is one of the best on the East Coast. Especially during cold winters in Philadelphia, ramen hits the spot.

Warm broth and noodles as spicy as you like it, ramen is one of the ultimate winter warm up foods. That’s why it was chosen as the first in our Philadelphia comfort food roundup. This series can be your guide to finding the best spots to get over the cold weather throughout Philadelphia this winter. Or maybe you just like ramen, and want to visit it throughout the year. We’re cool with either.

So whether it’s an empty stomach, a bad breakup, or a Netflix binge, comfort foods possess unique alchemical properties that ameliorate the situation.

In this edition, we focus on locations that specialize in the Japanese noodle we all know and love: ramen. Many of you may only be familiar with ramen via the cheap, lackluster packages in your pantry, but there is an exciting world of the delicacy just waiting to be explored in Philadelphia.

Here is our roundup of places to get your ramen in Philadelphia:

1. CoZara

3200 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (267) 233-7488

Their menu features a number of ramen dishes, from pork belly to seafood. Expect a trendy atmosphere complete with an Izakaya-style bar complete with sake cocktails.

2. Nom Nom Ramen

20 S 18th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 988-0898

Offering ramen in an authentic Hakata style, this place boils pork bones for over 24 hours to ensure the quality of the broth. It is a cash-only location, sporting a bold orange exterior, and a comforting wooden interior.

3. Hiro Ramen

1102 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 626-5172

This is a compact cash-only spot offers a variety of options across the ramen spectrum. The dining room has a simple, modern aesthetic, and it’s conveniently located just a few blocks from City Hall.

4. Ramen Bar University of Pennsylvania

4040 Locust St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 243-9999

This place specializes in creative noodle dishes, and offers a wide variety of Japanese cuisine in addition to ramen. The Zenbu No-Se Ramen is a house specialty, consisting of marinated chashu pork, pickled ginger, sesame, and roasted garlic oil.

5. Terakawa Ramen

204 N 9th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (267) 687-1355

For depth of flavor and authenticity, the noodles are handmade and the broth is simmered for a period of two days. Terakawa is one of the best ramen spots in Philadelphia. It’s sure to deliver the goods, as the chef’s sensibilities are steeped in Kumamoto tradition as rich as the flavor.

6. Cheu Noodle Bar

255 S 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (267) 639-4136

Cheu is a hip take on Asian noodles and cuisine: informed by tradition, but not limited by it. Between the graffiti covered walls you will find not only noodles, but also beer, wine, and cocktails. It’s also not the only location in Philadelphia. Read on to find more Cheu ramen.

7. Morimoto

723 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 413-9070

This place features not only ramen, but also some of the best Japanese dishes in the city.  The dress code is described as ‘Upscale Casual’, but not jackets and ties are not required.

8. Yamitsuki

1028 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 629-3888

It specializes in ramen, pork buns, and bubble tea. The wood-paneled interior lends itself to an agreeable atmosphere, while the $2 ‘Drink of the Day’ keeps your tastebuds on edge with the likes of Oolong Milk Tea, Sweet Matcha, Naruto, and Fuji Apple.

9. Tampopo Downtown

104 S 21st St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: (215) 557-9593

This is a Japanese-Korean fusion spot that offers a selection of stir-fry and udon noodles, as well as different noodle soups. It is a small space with a casual atmosphere.

10. Cheu Fishtown

1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125
Phone: (267) 758-2269

The original location proved to be successful enough for a second location to pop up in Fishtown. True to the Cheu name, it specializes in a hip take on Asian-inspired cuisine, with a focus on hot noodle dishes. One of the most creative in Philly.

11. Ramen Bar Drexel University

3438-3448 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 921-5804

Like its sister location at UPenn, it specializes in creative ramen dishes but also offers a variety of additional Japanese fare. Some menu items of interest include the Green Curry Ramen and the Tsukemen “Dipping Noodles”.

12. Tampopo University City

269 S 44th st
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: (215) 386-3866

Much like the Downtown location, this place features a blend of Japanese- and Korean-style food with no shortage of noodles. The Tampopo Ramen is a notable menu highlight, though it is an ‘eat-in only’ item.

13. Ai Ramen

1625 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 398-7895

Located in The Shops at Liberty Place, they like to keep things clean – boasting ramen dishes free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, MSG and antibiotics. The signature broth is made from a blend of pork tonkatsu and chicken base, but there are also several vegetarian options.

14. Zento Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar

132 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 925-9998

While traditionally a sushi restaurant, this Japanese hideaway brought noodles back into its repertoire by popular demand. Highlights include the Tonkatsu Ramen and Tempura Udon.

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Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney is a writer and contributor at Philly Views. He can often be found exploring the city, playing a venue, or watching The Office for inordinate lengths of time.

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