Ramen Danbo – 52 Seventh Avenue – Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Ramen Danbo has locations in Japan, Canada, Seattle and arrived in Park Slope December 2018. As someone who appreciates a good noodle bowl, I was much overdue, so we ventured to Seventh Avenue last night to give it a try. All I knew going in was that the Japanese ramen restaurant was highly rated on Yelp and supposed to be delicious. Here’s a little bit more about the food, atmosphere and overall experience, if you’d like to read it.
Since it was our first time at Ramen Danbo, my boyfriend and I went with pan-fried yaki gyoza to start and “Classic Ramen” (with their signature Tonkotsu Pork Broth). A key draw to this restaurant is that you’re able to customize your ramen, down to the richness of the broth. Ramen Danbo was voted #1 in a Japanese poll of top ramen shops, a sign on the wall proudly told us, so we figured they reserved the very best as their “standard” and selected primarily standard options. (My boyfriend is a self-proclaimed “good orderer” at restaurants whereas I tend to lean “healthy,” often leading to regret. So, many times, I simply order what he orders.)
You get to customize the noodle thickness, noodle firmness, broth thickness, richness of broth and the amount of umami spice sauce. I chose thick noodles, “a lot” of spice and the standard selections for everything else. He ordered thin noodles and added even more spice. Looking back, I probably should have excluded the “broth richness,” aka the amount of lard. (But, there goes that attempt at healthy ordering again and we know how that often ends.)
The ramen was delicious, super filling and about $10 a bowl! You can also add soft-boiled egg, seaweed, mushrooms, pickled vegetables or extra pork for a few dollars more. To me, most gyoza tastes the same, but it was good too.
The restaurant is small and narrow, like most in the city, with painted brick and wood tables. It offers both a large, shared counter and small tables. We sat at a little table about six inches from another couple. It was definitely cozy, so take that as you will.
The Overall Experience
It’s not every night that a restaurant in Park Slope has a wait, but we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table since the restaurant doesn’t take reservations. Once seated, the service was great and our ramen arrived in record time…even before the gyoza! All in all, we were in and out in less than an hour and left feeling full, content and happy with the experience. The prices were great, too. Would definitely recommend!
Have you been to Ramen Danbo? Do you know of other great ramen (or similar) restaurants in Brooklyn or Manhattan? I would love to hear!