Preview: JAPANFes All Japan Ramen Contest

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Date(s) - 10/05/2019 - 10/06/2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Cover Image:  Courtesy of Japan Fes

What’s up? JapanFes returns with a new Ramen-slurping frenzy!

Damage?  Free entry – food and drinks available for purchase


Oct 5: Upper West Side (Between Broadway & 115-116st)
10am – 6pm

Oct 6: East Village (Between 4th Ave & 9-10st)
10am – 6pm

JapanFes Ramen Street Festival  © Spirikal for WhereNYC

Why you should go. Once referred to as the lonely Japanese salary man’s ultimate comfort food, the classic slurp, draft beer and leave bowl of goodness, in New York, the ramen-ya or shop, however, is far trendier and social, attracting gourmet connoisseurs looking for an evening out.

With the ramen heavyweights sprouting all over New York with the likes of Hide Chan, Fukouka-based Ippudo, Totto Ramen and the inventive Momosan by Morimoto, smaller shops like Ichiran in Williamsburg famous for its isolation eating booths to get the full slurping experience are now cashing in on the growing market.

Rather than just showcase what’s already popular in Manhattan, organizer Japan Fes has brought together ramen shops from seven prefectures of Japan, completely unknown to most New Yorkers but still serve inventive ramen, bravely putting their own spin on this brothy classic.

Useful tips:

  • Check locations and times before you go.
  • No RSVP required. Entry is free.
  • Attire? Travel lightly, Casual, comfy shoes, sunblock, shades and a tote bag.
  • Bring cash to purchase ramen tickets, street food and drink
  • Go early to avoid crowds
  • Check MTA for weekend travel advisories
  • Bring friends or go it alone? Either or.