City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington

Ippudo

The ramen spot of your dreams, only with a long line. But still!

At Ippudo NY, the first American outposts for the Japanese ramen chain, pork is king. Delicate meat buns, melt-in-your-mouth tender chashu, and noodles swimming in a rich tonkotsu broth, all highlight its versatile flavor at this dark, wood-accented noodle bar. A word of warning though, they don’t take reservations and crowds huddle up to the doorway as the line starts to form every day—even before dinner service begins at 5 p.m. While waiting for your table, enjoy a beer at their newly remodeled bar featuring a special collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery, the Kaedama ale. Once seated, consider the Akamaru Modern Ramen—with tender pork belly, kikurage mushrooms, and their secret blend of miso paste, which packs an extra pleasing umami oomph. To savor every last drop, don't forget to ask your waiter “Kae Dama, onegai shimasu!” for a second serving of noodles halfway through your bowl.
Must try:
Akamaru Ramen
Ramen / Cult Following
$$
Reservations: None
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 am-3:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-12:30am; Sun 11am-10:30pm
Location: East Village
Address: 65 Fourth Avenue
Phone: (212) 388-0088
  • Subway / 6 to Astor Place
 
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