Ramenka is a chic ramen shop right on Kazinczy Street within Budapest’s party central, a stone's throw away from the famous Szimpla ruin bar. This tourist-heavy location means that the place is filled to capacity at all times with a foreign crowd, often with a line forming outside the entrance. Guests have to eat at the elongated communal table that anchors the inside (thanks to the backless, uncomfortable tree stumps used as stools, there's little post-meal lingering and tables turn over quickly).

Ramenka serves six types of ramens. My favorite is the classic "ramenka," packing half a dozen slices of tender pork belly and plenty of wood ear mushrooms and grated carrots. Though technically not ramens, there are also tasty soups with beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetables.

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