actually, momofuku is the place i might recommend, if you've never had a ramen in your life. i figure it might be a very easy ramen for people to eat. but that's like eating cup-o-noodles, too.
you might want to venture out now and try places like menkuitei, setagaya ramen, santouka and minca. and see for yourself what you might like and what you don't. but if you've been following this thread, none of these places are considered "great". eventually, the road will lead you to japan...
they serve ramen? what?!
i've been to momofuku and liked it a lot. i don't really understand the hate, but then again i'm a born and raised american crakkka. i probably wouldn't know good ramen if it took a left hand twilled dump on my head.