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- 60%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Business Travelers
- 55%Nightlife Lovers
- 54%Family Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
User Reviews (50 Reviews)
- Ippudo NYMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 27, 2013
Ippudo NY is highly recommended by many of my foodie friends. I know it is a must try when I visit NYC. Knowing how crazy the wait could be, I got there bright and early before they open at 11am but there were already a fairly long line outside. The wait was about 30 minutes which wasn't too terrible.
I knew I wanted their Shrionmaru Hakata Classic and Akamaru Modern ramen. Also ordered the Hirata Buns and Teba Gyoza appetizer while I wait for the ramen. The buns has a good light and fluffy texture. The meat was well seasoned and tasty. It was nice but unfortunately still no competition to the super juicy pork buns at Momofuku Ssam. The Teba Gyoza is really a stuffed chicken wings. Fried to perfection. Very crispy and tasty with very nice shoya sauce on the side.
Their ramen broth is hands down the best I have had in US. It is out of this world amazing. I have tried numerous highly rated ramen places in SF and LA but there aren't anything even close to what Ippudo has to offer. The tonkotsu flavor is intense and milky. The flavor totally immerse your pallets and it was quite a treat. Very complex. The extra miso paste and garlic oil in the Akamaru Modern version enhanced the broth even more. It was amazing. I don't know if ramen broth can really get better than this.
The noodle are the thin and firm Hakata style ramen. The texture is very good. The only place I have better is at Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi in LA. Shin-Sen-Gumi's noodle might be tiny bit better because it is fully customizable. It is a close competition though.
The toppings, even with the extra kakuni and nitamgao, were pretty standard fare. Kakuni is tender but flavor is on the sweet side. Their standard pork loin chashu is lean and the meat is dry. Typical for Japanese Ramen but I was just too spoiled with higher quality meat at places like Santouka. With broth and noodle this great, I guess toppings are really optional.
Just a basic bowl of ramen came out about $15. Definitely on the expensive side. It is worth it? You bet. I just can't find a place with ramen broth more addicting than Ippudo NY.
- Ippudo NYJan 29, 2014
First thing's first: the noodle bowls and the buns here are really, really tasty. I got the spicy ramen, and wow it was good. But, I have a few small gripes: first, there's a large performance aspect to this place. Each party entering is greeted by the waitstaff saying hello in Japanese, and then you're seated at big communal tables side-by-side, so you're facing strangers. And the service is incredibly fast - too fast. It's clear that they are rushing through as many customers as possible. But, still, it's all worth it.Recommended for:Foodies
- Ippudo NYAmbassadorMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Aug 06, 2013
As a frequent business travelers, there are days where you are feeling home sick and where most food starts tasting the same. On those days, a visit to Ippudo is the perfect way to delight your tastebuds while somehow tasting so familiar. While this place started off really trendy, the buzz has died down a little bit making the waits a little more tolerable. The food is really great with lots of flavor and complexity.
- Ippudo NYAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 31, 2014
It's beyond me how I lived in East Village for a while and I never discovered Ippudo, or ramen heaven how I will call it from now on. A stunning venue with cool decor, generous booths for larger parties and a large communal table, it's not hard to understand why it's so popular. The food is incredibly tasty, and judging by the number of Japanese people eating here, the food must be authentic. Highly recommend the Akumaru Modern ramen, you'll be slurping until the very last noodle. Perhaps the best ramen I've had so far in NYC!
- Ippudo NYMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Dec 26, 2013
The wait is ridiculously long. My friends and I got there at 7pm and didn't inside til 9. The place is a lot fancier and ambient than your typical ramen shop. When we were getting seated, all the employees welcome you in--feels good! :) The ramen itself was delicious! The best I've had in Manhattan (though I still prefer Orenchi Ramen and Ramen Dojo in the Bay Area). The pork buns were also really good, but would have been better without the mayo. Btw, best. service. ever.
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- Ippudo NYFirst to ReviewApr 11, 2013
I arrived at Ippudo pretty early and there was already an hour and a half wait. All of the food was great, though their famous pork buns were definitely my favorite. This is a great ramen place, and definitely somewhere to try once, but I have tried other places that are just as good for half the price and no long wait.