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At last count, there were 43 Ippudo ramen shops run by Shigemi Kawahara (the self-described "Ramen King") throughout Japan, but New Yorkers still have only one — despite persistent rumors that a Midtown West location is in the works. That’s a problem. New Yorkers have become ramen-obsessed, and given Ippudo's reputation, there’s almost always a three-hour wait (!) —unless you get there at 5 p.m., right when they open for dinner. Worse, the hosts just generally seem annoyed and unhelpful. But these issues aside, the big slurp-worthy bowls of New York City’s best ramen draw customers back again and again (you see them sidling up to the bar to drown themselves in sake to make the wait at the glass-covered ramen bar at the front of the restaurant bearable). Once you do sit down… joy! There’s always the Shiromaru Hakata Classic, described as "the original silky 'tonkotsu' (pork) soup noodles topped with pork loin chashu, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma [fermented bamboo shoots], red pickled ginger, and scallions." But the various limited-time-only specials are most often the fun way to go. A recent one, the Szechuan-style spicy tonkotsu ramen with black sesame sauce, topped with "niku-miso dame" [Japanese meat sauce], chashu pork, cabbage, cilantro, fragrant shrimp oil, and fresh lime was delicious. -- Arthur Bovino
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- tdmstaff "The Japanese franchise recommends augmenting their secret recipe for umami-promising ramen with pork and cabbage by adding pork belly and boiled egg. It can be hard to get a table, but it's worth it."
Ramen may play the central role in this Japanese import, but the appetizers steal the show. See the review of this Japanese/Sushi restaurant at 65 Fourth Ave. in Manhattan.
Ippudo was brought to NYC by Shigemi Kawahara, who is known as "the Ramen King" in Japan; his rich, cloudy tonkotsu broths draw the longest lines the city's ramen-ya, and they're well worth the wait.
Headed to see a show at nearby Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, or Irving Plaza? Hit up this place for crazy good ramen and out of this world pork buns.
Noodle fans line up daily at 5 PM to get a table at this East Village Japanese restaurant before the real crowds form, because the ramen is just that good. [Eater 38 Member]
Casual Japanese spot in the East Village, we love the pork buns but you can't go wrong with the ramen either.
On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Claire Robinson picks up her chopsticks for the carefully crafted Akamaru Modern Ramen at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen experience. Find more tips at FN Local.
NY. It's worth the wait. Best ramen house in the city. Our must-haves: the Hirata Steamed Buns and Miso Ramen.
You have to wait for a table, but then: hot ramen, porky and rich, with dumplings on the side, cold beer. One of the city’s best meals.
Get the akamaru modern if it's your first time -- by far the most popular. Otherwise, the spicy miso ramen at the bottom of the menu. And obviously, you need to the pork buns. Better than momofuku.
Try the Steamed Buns with Pork Belly and spot it on Foodspotting!
Be patient. It's worth the wait. Their ramen has crack in it.
Be prepared to wait and they don’t take reservations. Start with the pork buns and the peppers. Then try the Akamaru Modern with a bottle of Yebisu.
The Akamaru Modern ramen was Tge best ramen I had outside of Japan, although I am sure the others are amazing too! Get the extra special pork belly, if you know what I mean!
Oh man oh man oh man. Definitely munch on the shisito peppers whilst waiting for your ramen. All the ramens are insane, and you can't go wrong adding the pickled egg situation to any of them.
Beware: they only take same-day reservations, and the lunch crowd must wait five to 30 minutes in the front room. Complex $13 Ramen concoctions include the popular Akamaru and the Shiromaru.
If it's your first time there, make sure you try the Shiromaru Hakata Classic!
After trying all sorts of ramen the Akamaru Modern is my fave!
pork buns are so tasty!
You must get the deliciously flavorful signature item, the Akamaru Modern ramen.
Get the Akamaru Modern...best ramen around. Always finish to the last drop of broth (lift bowl, bring to face, tilt bowl, drink to last drop).
start with the hot peppers