Bassanova Ramen, originally from Tokyo, is on many listicles of New York City's best ramen.
Bassanova Ramen New York City is located along Mott Street which is one of the oldest streets in Manhattan's Chinatown.
Bassanova Ramen is located at the basement level but is bright and spacious inside. Layout is simple - one large square wooden table in the middle, rows along the side walls and a bar counter looking into the open kitchen.
The serene, white themed, minimalist chic inside Bassanova Ramen is an interesting contrast with the riot of colours and frenetic buzz outside along busy Mott Street.
Bassanova Ramen wasn't busy when I was there early for a weekday lunch. People started to stream in as I was mid way through my ramen but the shop was not full and there was no line though.
Bassanova Ramen sports a nautical theme.
Bassanova's Tonkadu Ramen USD15 (before tax and tip).
There was no slow poached flavoured egg.
The tonkotsu broth was rich, heavy bodied, just the right level of savouriness and was not overly greasy. There was an additional layer of savoury flavour from the fried shallots and oil. There was just enough broth in the bowl, but not much more.
I like Bassanova's tonkotsu broth.
The wooden soup spoon though was a little chunky and unwieldy, making elegant soup slurping slightly challenging.
The large thick slice of chashu had a slight crisp outside, tender with some fibrous bite in the lean portion, and soft fat. Good enough, though my ideal chashu is softer and juicer than this.
The slender long straight noodles were cooked till soft al dente.
The extra long wooden chopsticks may feel unwieldy for some.
Crispy fried shallots and pickled bamboo shoot added layers of savouriness and additional crunch to the ramen.
A friendly staff kindly offered to snap a picture for me ;-D
Service at Bassanova Ramen was outstanding.
Next time, Bassanova Ramen's signature Tondaku Green Curry Ramen and pork belly buns.
Restaurant name: Bassanova Ramen
Address: 76 Mott Street, NYC New York
Hours: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Date visited: 15 Jan 2015
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