Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ippudo...Still the Best Bowl of Ramen in NY!

Even though snagging a bowl of Ippudo's famous ramen can test one's patience and can up to a two hour(!) wait on a Friday or Saturday night, a 40 minute wait at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon is quite doable by comparison.

When this bowl of heaven hits the table, you'll forget the matter how long it was! 

But before getting seated, we got some quick bites at the bar, including some of their pork buns and fried shishito peppers with yuzu salt.  Take a look at the dry instant ramen packs that's used as decor for the bar counters.

Diced octopus with lemon and freshly grated wasabi appetizer

Lightly seared scallops with yuzu ponzu and jalapeno.

  Ippudo's famous Akamaru Modern. Tonkotsu soup noodle with Ippudo's special sauce, pork belly chashu, cabage, kikurage, scallions, miso paste & fragrant garlic oil.  The combination of flavors gives the broth unbelievable richness and depth.  The fresh house made noodles are perfectly textured!

 You can get several toppings for your ramen, including soft boiled eggs, extra noodles, and these amazing kakuni (braised pork belly) chunks.  Even though 2 pcs. are $4, they are oh soooo flavorful and just melt in your mouth!

Karaka Miso Ramen. Soy bean paste flavored noodle in tonkotsu ramen with Ippudo special blended hot spice, topped with pork belly chashu, cabbage, spinach, menma, ginger & scallions.  This broth is creamier than the Akamaru Modern and has a spicier profile.  

If you like ramen at all, you have to go to Ippudo at least once; it's by far the best ramen place I've been to in NYC.  Though it's pricey and a number of the appetizers are not quite worth the money in my opinion, the ramen itself is completely amazing!

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