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IT IS SO COLD. Which means it is perfect time for a BYT Ramen Round Up – now handily updated for 2016 needs. From pork belly and lobster to pickled vegetables and fresh seasoning, it doesn’t get more delicious than this, D.C., so embrace the cold and slurp it up. It’s time to eat…

Before we start the general guide a few important bullet points:

  • Can you make a ramen ice-cream sandwich? We tried. We certainly tried.

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  • Toki Underground
    1234 H Street NE (above The Pug)
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 388-3086
    A classic cold-weather standby for any day of the week, Toki’s broth is hearty and rich (and their potstickers with endorphin sauce are to die for). The best part? They now serve lunch. Get your noodle on, DC.
    Yo’ Broths: Tonkotsu triple stock, curry-infused Tonkotsu triple stock, roasted root vegetable soup, soybean-infused Tonkotsu triple stock.
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: soft egg, red pickled ginger, sesame, scallions and nori. (Vegetarians get  tofu, daikon, pickled cucumbers, shitake mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, sesame, scallions and nori.)
    Yo’ Meat: chasu pulled pork, five spice fried chicken; add-ons include Chashu pork cheek and revolving specials like lobster balls.
    Yo’ Money: $11-$12
    *Chef’s note: these ramen dishes are inspired by Chef Yang’s experience at a Hakata Ramen shop in Taipei.5578383071
  • Momofuku CCDC
    1090 I Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 602-1832
    Maybe you heard about this but David Chang has a DC noodle shop now.
    Yo’ Broths: Beef, Scallion and Black Winter Truffle Ramen
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: The menu offers 4 variations: Black Winter Truffle Ramen (Perigold truffles, egg yolk, hozon), Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg), Momofuku Beef Noodle Soup (brisket, baby bok choy, black pepper), Hozon Ramen (scallion, kale, panisse).
    Also try: the Kimchi Stew
    Yo’ Money: $14-$48 FOR THAT BLACK TRUFFLE GOLD.
    DELIVERY: No, sorry.


  • OKI Bowl DC & Sake
    1817 M Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036,
    202 750 6703
    Yo’ Broths: Tom yum, miso, kimchi, curry
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Nippon tofu, Mushroom, kimchi, Seasonal Vegetable, soft/hard boiled egg, roasted sweet corn, bamboo shoot, nori, spicy ball, bean sprout, fried wonton.
    Yo’ Meat: Chicken cutlet, Fried prawn, Pork belly
    Yo’ Money: $10-13
  • Chaplin’s
    1501 9th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001, 202 664 8806
    Yo’ Broths: Veggie shio, tonkatsu, miso, stamina spicy
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Bok choy, butter corn, scallion etc.
    Yo’ Meat: Pork, pork belly chasu, chicken, bacon, tonkatsu, stamina egg
    Yo’ Money: $12-14


  • Hashi Sushi
    1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Yo’ Broths: Miso, spicy miso, pork, chicken, vegetable.
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Misc. vegetables, scallions.
    Yo’ Meat: Pork, chicken, beef, tonkatsu, spicy baby pork rib.
    Yo’ Money: $14.90
    DELIVERY: NO (unless you order over $100, which could be a good reason for a ramen party)
  • Rice & DC Noodles
    1608 14th Street NW
    Washington, dc 20009
    Yo’ Broths:
    Clear, Spicy or Soy.
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Bean sprouts, carrots, string beans, cilantro, spring onion, bok choy, +/- ground peanuts, chili pepper, broccoli, mushroom and celery.
    Yo’ Meat: Chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, seafood, duck. (Vegetarian option of crispy or soft tofu.)
    Yo’ Money: $12-$16
    DELIVERY: Yes – via order ahead app.
  • Yona 
    4000 Wilson Blvd (entrance on N. Quincy Street)
    Arlington, VA 22203,
    703.465. 1100
    Yo’ Broths:
    Pork, Tonkotsu or soy milk-veggie.
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Pea sprouts, snap peas, mushrooms, kimchi, nori
    Yo’ Meat: Crispy pork belly, poached squid, soft egg
    Yo’ Money: $14-$15

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  • Sakuramen
    2441 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 656-5285
    Yo’ Broths: Chicken, pork, vegetarian (shitake mushroom).
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Corn, bamboo shoots, green onion, fresh bean sprouts, mushroom.
    Yo’ Meat: Pork belly, bulgogi. (Vegetarian option is marinated portabella mushroom.)
    Yo’ Money: $11-$15
    DELIVERY: Yes, via Postmates
  • Zengo
    781 7th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 393-2929
    Yo’ Broths: Pork.
    Yo’ Stand-Bys: Poached egg, mushroom, bok choy.
    Yo’ Meat: Pork belly.
    Yo’ Money: $11
    DELIVERY: YES – via Order Ahead app.
    *Zengo only has one ramen option but it is delicious, trust us.