Shinjuku is a very lively place, and you will never run out of things to do while you’re strolling its busy streets. Home to one of the busiest railway stations in the world, it is a place where you can find anything and everything. This is also true when it comes to food.
Tsukemen is a Japanese dish that is often confused with ramen. Their difference is that tsukemen is a dish where the noodles, and broth, are served separately. As it’s also called “dipping noodles,” you scoop noodles with chopsticks and dip them into the broth. It might sound strange at first, but once you taste it, you will become a fan.
Shinjuku is home to many popular tsukemen restaurants, and if you have no idea where to go, make sure to check out these 9 tsukemen restaurants in Shinjuku for an amazing taste.
1. Gonokami Seisakusho (五ノ神製作所)
Gonokami Seisakusho is a very popular tsukemen restaurant in Shinjuku. You will see people lining up even before the restaurant opens its doors to their customers. Their most popular dish is none other than their Ebi (shrimp) tsukemen. The delicious soup broth is the perfect accompaniment for their home-made tsukemen noodles. Try out their Ebi-Miso tsukemen, Ebi-Tomato tsukemen, and find the flavor that suits your taste.
Address: 1F, 5-33-16 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://gonokamiseisakusho.com/shinjyuku.html (Japanese Only)
2. AFURI Lumine Shinjuku (阿夫利ルミネ新宿)
AFURI Lumine Shinjuku is a well-known restaurant that serves delicious ramen and tsukemen. Their AFURI Tsukemen is simply amazing and reasonably priced as well. The noodles are served warm, and the dipping sauce matches perfectly. If you haven’t tried tsukemen before, going to AFURI when you are in Shinjuku is always an option.
Address: B2F LUMINE, 1-1-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. Kobushi Shinjuku Nishiguchi Otakibashi-Dori (古武士 新宿西口小滝橋通り店)
Kobushi Shinjuku Nishiguchi Otakibashi-Dori is a 3-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station. It is a tsukemen restaurant where you can enjoy a quick and no-fuss meal. The service is fast. and the staff is very polite and friendly. Their broth is a mix of black pork, Satsuma chicken, bonito, sardines, mackerel, and many, many herbs. The rich and complex flavor matches really well with chewy mid-thick noodles. This is a good place to scratch your tsukemen itch while strolling around Shinjuku.
Address: Stork Shinjuku Ioka 1F, 7-4-6 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.raumenkobusi.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/gg80400/rst/
4. Mensho Taketora Honten (麺匠竹虎 本店)
Mensho Taketora Honten has a good lineup of tsukemen ramen that you can choose from. Including fish-tonkotsu, yuzu fish-tonkotsu, sesame miso tan-tan tsukemen, ura-taketora spicy tsukemen, ginger miso tonkotsu tsukemen, etc. Their tsukemen is delicious and very affordable. You can also add gyoza if you want to have a more filling meal. They also offer desserts such as ice cream! There is usually a queue during peak hours, but don’t let that stop you from lining up. Private rooms are available for those going as a group, so don’t hesitate to dine here.
Address: Shinjuku ACB 1F, 2-36-3 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Shohei Ramen Narukozaka (昌平ラーメン 成子坂店)
Shohei Ramen Narukozaka is a cozy tsukemen restaurant with only counter seats. This is also the reason why you should get here before the business people have their lunch break (because it gets crowded very easily). Tsukemen is very affordable and surprisingly good. If you like something spicy, you should try their tan-tan tsukemen. For those who prefer to eat healthily, they also offer “healthy tsukemen.” It is only a 2-minute walk from Subway Marunouchi Line Nishi-Shinjuku Station, so it’s easily accessible.
Address: 6-10-2, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.shouhei-ra-men.jp (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/gdh4401/rst/
6. Mita Seimenjo Shinjuku Nishiguchi (三田製麺所 新宿西口)
Mita Seimenjo Shinjuku Nishiguchi is a chain tsukemen restaurant that will give you a lasting impression. It is more like an izakaya than a tsukemen restaurant because you can order your favorite beer and a few side dishes to go along with your tsukemen. The volume of their tsukemen is good, and it’s enough to make you feel full (Medium and Large portions have the same price). Mita Seimenjo is a good restaurant that is value for money.
Address: 1-13-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
7. KONJIKI HOTOTOGISU
Konjiki Hototogisu is a very popular ramen restaurant because of their delectable shio (salt) ramen, shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, and of course, let’s not forget their delicious tsukemen. The restaurant is a bit hard to find because it was located in a small street near Shinjuku Gyoen park. Another interesting fact about this restaurant is that you can read the menu in English! You will be able to order your desired dish in their ticket vending machine without worrying about choosing the wrong item (which is very common in some Japanese restaurants). They are not voted as one of the best ramen restaurants for nothing, and you will experience it first hand after you have a taste of what they have to offer.
Address: 22nd Miyaba Mansion 1F, 2-4-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://twitter.com/ptwgqjbfwgjw (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/gfs8000/rst/
8. Niboshi Ramen Nagi Golden-gai Honkan (煮干しラーメン凪 ゴールデン街本館)
Niboshi Ramen Nagi Golden-gai Honkan will surprise you with the items on their menu. All of them are affordable, filling, and delicious. The volume of the noodles is great, and you can tell that they didn’t skimp out on the flavors as well. Whether you have heard of tsukemen or not, going here will guarantee that you’ll become an instant fan.
Address: 2F, 1-1-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Shinkoyo (ラーメン 新高揚)
Shinkoyo is a small restaurant found on the less busy streets of Shinjuku. Just a 3-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station West Exit-3 lies this simple yet cozy restaurant that would easily become your favorite. They are known for their delicious and affordable chicken ramen (topped with fried chicken), tsukemen, and gyoza. Everything on their menu is good value for money. It’s really hard not to fall in love with their simple yet delicious delicacies. Shinkoyo is simply one of the best places to enjoy ramen and tsukemen in Shinjuku.
Address: Kuwahara Building B1, 1-16-13 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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