What we love…
- Ippudo Ny has some of the best ramen and pork buns in New York, a meal that actually rivals those you'll get in Japan—probably because it's a Japanese company.
- The restaurant itself is modern and upscale making it a great place to come for dinner with friends or even to squash your solo salty lunch time cravings.
- Each ramen bowl will run you between $14-17 USD, more expensive than what you would pay in Tokyo for the same quality, but this is New York so the high price tag isn't surprising. Don't forget the toppings on your ramen, for just a few extra dollars you can get onsen tamago (poached egg), kakuni (braised pork belly), and menma (seasoned bambo shoots) which add an extra kick to the salty broth and chewy noodles. Appetizers like the popular pork buns or chicken wings cost anywhere between $6-12, and make a nice addition to the bowls.
- Since this place is mad popular, there's always a long line outside. Your best bet is to show up an hour or more before you want to eat to get your name on the list, then take a stroll through the neighborhood. Ippudo Ny will send you a text message just before your table is ready so you can make your way back from the near by shops. If you're going for lunch consider showing up for an early lunch (11:15ish) and your wait will only be a few minutes.