Jennie Tai
East Village Japanese Ramen

NYC Eats: Ippudo Ramen

You know a place is serious about its’ home made ramen when they offer you a tri-fold packet full of instructions and japanese history on how to enjoy ramen the right way. Ippudo Ramen originates from Fukuoka, Japan where they have 43 different locations spread throughout the country. Ippudo hopes that their overseas debut in New York will start the spread of Japanese Ramen Culture world-wide.

[ Wall of bowls | Duck Patties | Agedashi Tofu ]

Like Japanese Soul Food, Ippudo offers a variety of different flavorful appetizers that still leave room for you to enjoy the main course. Enjoy edamame beans sprinkled in yuzu salt, hirata buns filled with chicken or pork, and even black pepper chicken wings.

[ Tori Ramen | Shiromaru Hakata Classic Ramen ]

One of the huge perks of bringing a friend to eat with you, is that if what you ordered wasn’t exactly what you had hoped for – you can pick off of what your friend ordered! In this case, I really enjoyed the original ramen moreso than the tori ramen.

I have to say, if it’s your first time visiting Ippudo, or your first time having ramen at all – go with the Classic Shiromaru Hakata Ramen, or any ramen that includes their original Tonkatsu beef-flavored broth. This has to be the richest, most flavorful broth I’ve ever had in a bowl of ramen. With dark, thick broth like this – you know the reason why you can’t see the sides or bottom of the bowl is because this soup is packed full of rich flavor. To top it off, you have tender slices of pork loin, menma (slices of bamboo shoots), kikurage mushrooms, boiled egg, sesame and scallions to give every bite a flavorful boost to enjoy with the tasty ramen and broth that is already wonderful on its’ own.

As for all you ramen lovers who enjoy a less intense broth, but prefer a thin, chicken broth instead with a good salty kick – enjoy their Tori Ramen with salt flavored noodles, topped with pork loin chashu, menma, spinach, 1/2 boiled egg, naruto, shiso and daikon in a cute, colorful bowl that reflects the subtle, but just as wonderful flavors in the ramen itself.

Also – enjoy a super sized spoon that will help you get an even bigger mouth full of flavor with each bite you take, and last but not least – check out the ramen making machine by the window downstairs. 😉

Ippudo NY
65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

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