Ippudo – Japanese Ramen at its best!

For many, the idea of a hot bowl of Ramen brings up nightmarish times of sleepless nights in college when cash flow was so low, one resorted to packs of 19 cent cardboard microwave ramen.  But, this could not be further from the experience you will have dining at Ippudo.  The steaming bowls of tonkatsu (pork) broth release a delicious, rich aroma that beckons you to bend in for a more saturated smell.

Each tonkatsu bowl contains, at a minimum, the decadent broth, a healthy portion of noodles, medallions of fat laced chashu pork, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma (seasoned bamboo shoots), red pickled ginger, and a sprinkling of scallions.  There is a variety of optional menu items that can be added for an extra fee per ingredient.  I am a fan of soft boiled egg, so I added an order of the Nitamago to my bowl.

Shiromaru Hakata Classic

Ramen is usually eaten two handed; one hand on the Japanese spoon for scooping up the broth and noodle to mouth assistance, while the other usually contains chopsticks clumsily wrapped in noodles with bits of bamboo hanging every which way.  It can be a difficult and messy dining experience depending on your chopstick skill level.  Luckily, everyone seems to struggle to a certain extent, and slurping is welcomed, so even a Ramen novice will fit right in.

With every millimeter of space within my stomach filled with the warm and decadent broth, I resigned myself to cease and desist.  I found it especially difficult to leave behind what I could not eat, as a lover of left-overs, but they do not provide to go boxes and so I had no choice!  I found this fact to be the one and only major complaint I have with Ippudo.

Basic Info

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Cuisine: Japanese, Noodles

Address/Phone: 65 4th Ave New York, NY 10003 / 212.388.0088

Hours:

Lunch
Mon – Sat : 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sun : 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon – Thu : 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat : 5:00 pm – 12:30 am
Sun : 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Website: http://www.ippudony.com/

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