10 Places to Find Ramen in WNY

Misuta Chows

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Many first experience Ramen as that super cheap, easy-to-make food that provides sustenance through the super-broke college years. It’s only later that we discover those crackly packages are mere shadows of the true, and much more delicious-tasting, Ramen out there in the culinary universe.

The true essence of Ramen is a umami broth explosion with a tangle of hearty wheat noodles ready for slurping. The most basic version of the steaming, ultra-savory Japanese soup often comes with slices of pork, a boiled egg and scallions or leeks scattered on top. Some area chefs have gotten creative with their versions, ladling out iterations that include non-traditional flavor profiles, such as Buffalo chicken.

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And Western New York, with its year-round seasonal confusion, is the perfect place to enjoy all kinds of Ramen. Our cold weather, even in springtime, makes for the ideal environment in which to sit down to a heart-warming bowl of warm-you-up noodle soup.

If you want to pay occasional homage to college Ramen, that’s okay, because let’s face it: we’ll always owe that Ramen for getting us through. But if you’re looking for a more grown-up kind, the kind that will satisfy your craving for depth of flavor like nothing else, look no further than what we’ve compiled below. Here are 10 spots where you can sit down to — or take out — a bowl of real good Ramen:

 

Dobutsu

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1. Dobutsu

500 Seneca St., Suite 119, Buffalo

716-322-6004 / dobutsubuffalo.com

On the menu: Roast Pork Ramen ($16), Veggie Ramen ($14), Roast Chicken Ramen ($15)

 

SATO

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2. SATO

739 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

716-939-9146 / satorestaurantgroup.com

On the menu: Sato Ramen ($13), Spicy Miso Ramen ($14), Shio Butter Ramen ($16), Veggie Ramen ($13)

 

Sato Ramen

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3. SATO Ramen

3268 Main St., Buffalo

716-835-7286 / satorestaurantgroup.com

On the menu: SATO Ramen ($12.99), SATO Tonkotsu Ramen ($12.99), Spicy Misu Ramen ($12.99), Tori Paitan Ramen ($11.99), Buffalo Chicken Ramen ($12.99), Curry Ramen ($13.99), Veggie Ramen ($11.99)

 

Sato Brewpub

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4. SATO Brewpub

110 Pearl St., Buffalo

716-248-1436 / satorestaurantgroup.com

On the menu: Tori Sato Ramen ($12.50), Tori Paitan Ramen ($13), Tori Miso Ramen ($13.50), Green Curry Ramen ($14), Yasai Ramen ($12)

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5. Gypsy Parlor

376 Grant St., Buffalo

716-551-0001 / thegypsyparlor.com

On the menu: pork ($14), shrimp ($15), tofu with miso ($13)

 

6. Thang’s Family Japanese Ramen

25 Grant St., Buffalo (in the West Side Bazaar)

716-715-5053 / thangsramen.com

On the menu: seafood ramen ($11.99), Tomyam Ramen ($11.99), Katsu Ramen ($9.99), Wakame Ramen ($9.99), Chashu Ramen ($9.99), Prawns Ramen ($8.99), Beef Ramen, ($9.99), Spicy Chicken Ramen ($8.99), Kimuchi Ramen ($8.99), Sapporo Ramen ($8.99), Vegetable Ramen ($8.99), Salmon Ramen ($10.99)

 

Misuta Chows

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7. Misuta Chow’s

521 Main St., Buffalo

716-259-8228 / misutachows.com

On the menu: Shio Ramen ($13), Vegetable Miso Ramen ($9)

 

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8. Taisho Bistro Japanese Restaurant

3332 Sheridan Drive, Amherst

716-835-8088 / taisho-bistro.com

On the menu: Taisho Style Ramen ($10), Miso Ramen ($10), Seafood Miso Ramen ($12), Tempura Ramen ($12), Chicken Teriyaki Ramen ($11), Steak Teriyaki ($12), Shrimp Teriyaki ($11.50), Salmon Teriyaki ($11.50), Spicy Miso Ramen ($11.50), Tan-Tan Ramen ($12.50), Vegetable Ramen ($11.50)

 

Lime House

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9. Lime House

424 Evans St., Williamsville

716-276-3522 / limehouserestaurant.com

On the menu: Spicy Chashu Miso Ramen ($13), Chashu Shoyo Ramen ($13), Duck Ramen ($18)

 

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10. Sakura Sushi Japanese Restaurant

3719 Union Road, Cheektowaga

716-683-7310 / sakurabuffalo.com

On the menu: Dumpling Ramen ($10.95), Kimchi Ramen ($10.95), Seafood Ramen ($11.95)

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