Ramen, Japanese
$ $
65 4th Ave (btwn E 9th & E 10th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088
11:00am - 3:30pm
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The big, slurp-worthy bowls of New York City’s best ramen draw customers back again and again to the East Village to visit the original Manhattan location of one of Japan's best-known ramen chains (there is now a second Ippudo on the West Side). You’ll probably want to sidle up to the bar and drown yourself in sake to make the wait (it can often be as long as two to three hours, especially during the winter) more bearable. But 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 often the best way to go. Speaking of best ways, there is a secret to cracking the Ippudo wait, but you have to be willing to dine solo. There’s usually no more than a five- to 15-minute wait for a seat at the counter or the community table. Hey, who needs conversation when there’s a bowl to slurp from?

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You have to wait for a table, but then: hot ramen, porky and rich, with dumplings on the side, cold beer. One of the citys best meals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If it's your first time there, make sure you try the Shiromaru Hakata Classic!
  • The Akamaru Modern ramen was the 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!
  • start with the hot peppers
  • pork buns are so tasty!
  • You want the Akamaru Modern. I'll sit back and wait for you and your stomach to thank me for my advice.
  • Ask for fresh garlic to crush directly onto your noodles. You won't regret it.
  • 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]
  • The best ramen in the city, period. Pro tip: They don't take phone reservations, but if you happen to work nearby, you can make one same-day in person.
  • Try the pork buns and specialty ramen
  • The akamaru modern ramen is the best ramen in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition."
  • Best ramen in the US. Don't be afraid to go solo as you can almost always sit down right away at the counter
  • Best Ramen in NYC the closest you can get to Tokyo without traveling 18 hours on a plane get the pork buns and spicy ramen with miso and pork and chicken. You will be in hog heaven.
  • You cannot go wrong. Everyone will point you to the Akumaru Modern, but karaka-men or if available the wasabi-tonkatsu specials are incredible. Eat!
  • order the akamaru modern ramen with a poached egg. so rich, so savoury, your stomach might very well explode.

Nearby places

13 Saint Marks Pl (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)
251 E 13th St (at 2nd Ave)
95 E 10th St (btwn 3rd & 4th Ave)