In 2017, my pace picked up significantly. Though I ate around the same number of bowls in total as in 2016, I really hit the new shops with gusto. Here are 23. I tried to keep it below 15, but there were just too many amazing bowls.

Keep in mind that this list is not a definitive best-of list, but the bowls that I personally tried for the first time this year and loved.

楓 - Kaede

東京都杉並区上荻2-40-11

Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Kamiogi 2-40-11

10 minute walk from Ogikubo Station

Kaede is an offshoot of the famous miso ramen shop Hanamichi. This one is just as good, if not better for the touch of ginger sauce on top.

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MENSHO

東京都文京区音羽1-17-16

Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Otowa 1-17-16

6 minute walk from Gokokuji Station

One of the latest (he keeps opening new shops!) from the MENSHO group. Farm-to-table is the concept, and this one is as close to a fine-dining bowl as you'll get for under $50.

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季織亭 - Kioritei

東京都渋谷区上原1-42-4

Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Uehara 1-42-4

5 minute walk from Yoyogi-Hachiman Station

A crowd sourced ramen shop from a legendary master. Basically a home cooked ramen course in some guys home kitchen. Reservations are a must.

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麺屋福丸 - Fukumaru

東京都渋谷区幡ヶ谷1-9-6

Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Hatagaya 1-9-6

6 minute walk from Sasazuka Station

Duck ramen is the style here, including a unique kamo paitan; creamy duck soup that often runs out before service ends.

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鶏喰~TRICK~

神奈川県横浜市南区吉野町4-20

Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Minami-ku, Yoshinocho 4-20

1 minute walk from Yoshinocho Station

The king of chicken. Beautiful. Judge this one by the photo.

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らーめん 改 - Kai

東京都台東区蔵前4-20-10

Tokyo, Taito-ku, Kuramae 4-20-12

5 minute walk from Kuramae Station

There was a trend over the last few years to use more shellfish in ramen broth. Kai uses plenty of clams for an overload of ocean umami. Noodles made on site.

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鳴龍 - Nakiryu

東京都豊島区南大塚2-34-4 SKY南大塚1F

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minamiotsuka 2-34-4

6 minute walk from Otsuka Station

The Michelin people handed Nakiryu a star most likely for their shoyu ramen. Personally, I think their tantanmen is the way to go. Very mild, with hints of oyster in the soup.

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麺魚 - Mengyo

東京都墨田区江東橋2-5-3

Tokyo, Sumida-ku, Kotobashi 2-5-3

5 minute walk from Kinshicho Station

Tai soup blended with creamy chicken soup, topped with smoked chashu and an egg injected with snapper dashi. Next level.

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つけ麺 道 - Michi

東京都葛飾区亀有5-28-17

Tokyo, Katsushika-ku, Kameari 5-28-17

6 minute walk from Kameari Station

One of the most famous tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen shops in Japan. It lives up to the hype. Arrive an hour before opening if you want to save time in the long run.

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みつヰ - Mitsui

東京都台東区西浅草2-10-4

Tokyo, Taito-ku, Nishiasakusa 2-10-4

10 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Clean, simple Kitakata-style ramen. Mukacho (no chemical seasoning) for people who really think that is important. The Michelin guide does, as this is one of the newcomers to their bib gourmand list.

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博多一瑞亭 - Hakata Issuitei

東京都新宿区新宿1-4-12

Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 1-4-12

1 minute walk from Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station

Solid Hakata ramen in the middle of Shinjuku. If you want to check this style off your list, go here instead of the chain shops that all the tourists line up for.

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北大塚ラーメン - Kitaotsuka

東京都豊島区北大塚1-14-1

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Kitaotsuka 1-14-1

3 minute walk from Otsuka Station

Massive slices of seasoned chashu pork and some serious soup to match. If it looks like something you want, you should go here. Old school shop.

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さくら井 - Sakurai

東京都武蔵野市西久保2-15-27

Tokyo, Musashino-shi, Nishikubo 2-15-27

12 minute walk from Mitaka Station

My pick for off-the-beaten-path ramen. Mitaka isn't too far, but most people wouldn't go there, or walk 15 minutes into a residential neighborhood for ramen. You should, though.

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カシムラ - Kashimura

東京都港区東新橋2-10-2

Tokyo, Minato-ku, Shinbashi 2-10-2

6 minute walk from Shiodome Station

Creamy chicken ramen spiked with fresh fish bones. The bones used are different every day, based on what the master can find at nearby Tsukiji Fish Market each morning.

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べんてん - Benten

東京都練馬区旭町3-25-2

Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Asahicho 3-25-2

7 minute walk from Narimasu Station

Benten is one of Tokyo's most famous old-school tsukemen shops. They closed, but the throngs of fans convinced them to reopen in a new location.

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山雄亭 - Sanyutei

東京都北区赤羽西1-4-15-1F

Tokyo, Kita-ku, Akabanenishi 1-4-15

1 minute walk from Akabane Station

Meticulously crafted toppings, with a price to match.

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misato

東京都新宿区戸山2-33

Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Toyama 2-33

3 minute walk from Higashi-Shinjuku Station

Mounds of seabura backfat to die for.

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さんじ - Sanji

東京都台東区東上野3-25-12

Tokyo, Taito-ku, Higashiueno 3-25-12

7 minute walk from Ueno Station

Niboshi, crab, and a whole lot of quail eggs.

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桑嶋 - Kuwajima

東京都世田谷区代田6-3-26

Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Daita 6-3-26

2 minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station

Creamy chicken, bold niboshi, or subtle yuzu shio. Everything here is fantastic. As a bonus, Shimokitazawa is an awesome neighborhood in Japan.

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八咫烏 - Yatagarasu

東京都千代田区九段北1-9-2

Tokyo, Chioda-ku, Kudanshita 1-9-2

3 minute walk from Kudanshita Station

A beautiful bowl made with a bold shoyu blend and high-quality ingredients.

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タンタンタイガー Tantan Tiger

東京都台東区鳥越2-2-1

Tokyo, Taito-ku, Toritoge 2-2-1

3 minute walk from Kuramae Station

Soupless tantanmen. Choose your levels of spices, but beware the sansho. This numbing Chinese peppercorn blend is intense!

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篠はら - Shinohara

東京都豊島区池袋3-1-4

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Ikubukuro 3-1-4

13 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station

Chicken, pork, beef, and fish heads all go into this remarkably deep bowl of shoyu ramen.

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KaneKitchen Noodles

東京都豊島区南長崎5-26-15

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami-Nagasaki 5-26-15

2 minute walk from Higashi-Nagasaki Station

Refined soup, homemade noodles, and a mountain of excellent toppings. Come on an empty stomach!

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