Patrick Judabong - photographer, DJ, and founder of the Fat Bastard Crew, known to the world as Buddhabong. He has traveled the world in search of stunning images, great beats, and the best eats. Currently, you can catch him getting fat in and around New York City.

It's about that time when the leaves start to change color, the jackets come out of storage, and the weather gets colder. 'Tis the season when I always want something warm in my belly. Enter ramen, with its warm broth, succulent meat, and juicy noodles, always ready to fill that void. The best ramen spots in the New York area have their unique techniques down so tight that people don't seem to mind to wait over an hour for the experience.

Ramen can be prepared in a variety of ways, from shio to miso to shoyu. Noodle, broth, and meat are the categories I use to differentiate why the ramen locations chosen are Fat Bastard worthy.

Noodle: type, thickness, texture/chewyness

Broth: saltiness, flavor base (miso, pork, seafood, etc)

Meat: tenderness, fat content

There are speculations on which ramen establishment is the best in and around New York, but here are my top 5 bangers (in no particular order). Read on and let the slurping begin!

(Twitter: @buddhabong)

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