Inside the Wyndham Garden Chinatown lies a little ramen spot you will want to check out! Shinka Ramen and Sake Bar offers patrons a great experience, excellent food, and knowledgeable staff, who have great sake pairing recommendations.
” We seek to create a memorable experience in every bowl of ramen that we serve. It begins not only with attention to the broth and noodles that are the main ingredients of ramen but in the careful, deliberate selection and preparation of each ingredient of each of our distinct ramen. By the time a bowl of ramen has reached your table, it has been prepared in a loving process that lasts as much as 20 hours. Our goal is that this can be tasted in every slurp of noodle and every spoonful of broth. We hope you enjoy our ramen as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you. ” – Shinkaramen.com
For starters, I recommend the Shinka Pork Ribs as well as the Bone Marrow with Pulled Beef Ribs and Bao Buns. Both are perfect to share (since you will want every ramen option they offer) and are packed with flavor. To me, nothing beats a delicious rib that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The Shinka Pork Ribs are bursting with sweet, savory, tangy, and exotic flavors that pair nicely with a glass of Dassai 50 Sake. The Bone Marrow starter, however, absolutely is a winner if you’re a bone marrow eater like myself! This dish is inspired and something I have not found yet in NYC, except here!
As for the ramen selection, I would advise gathering a group so you can try them all because they are delicious. With so many ramen restaurants in Manhattan alone, it’s hard to know which ones are really the best, and Shinka Ramen is absolutely one of my top picks. The Smoked Duck Ramen comes in a roasted duck and vegetable broth and is served with smoked duck, bok choy, carrots, lotus root, and cilantro. The smokiness in this dish is alluring and seductive and comes to your tableside in a smoke chamber that’s lifted off when in front of you, giving you a great sensory experience and overall Instagram-able moment! The Beef Bone Marrow Guykotsu (yes I ordered two dishes with bone marrow and I am not sorry about it at all) is a winner if you are in the mood for something soothing with braised beef brisket, radish, scallion, garlic, sprouts, and garlic chips.
I knew this was a lot of food going in, but luckily I had friends with me to share this incredible sake and ramen experience with. Ramen number 3 was the Shinka Tonkotsu, which is made with 14-hour pork bone and chicken broth, pork chashu, onion, scallion, and bean sprouts. This one is great for those looking for something comforting and undeniably delicious.
I am so very happy Shinka Ramen found it’s home inside the Wyndham Garden Chinatown. Between the great menu, sake selection, and service, this restaurant will not disappoint. The Wyndham Garden Chinatown is a fun hot spot I enjoy hanging out at, even as a New Yorker because the hotel has beautiful views, great accommodations, and superb service. Whether you’re a native New Yorker or just visiting, be sure to stop by Shinka Ramen while in Chinatown!