City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington

Ivan Ramen

Chef Ivan Orkin brings his ramen prowess from Tokyo to New York with creative, silky and savory noodles.

Ivan Orkin, the former expat who made a name for himself by running two successful noodle shops in Tokyo, returned to New York to show America what he proved overseas: that this dude knows ramen. While classics like his shio and shoyu style are how he first established himself, his best is showcased in creative dishes such as a sauce-like mazemen featuring pork and garlic three ways. And the breakfast ramen, which can best be described as a Japanese carbonara. Summer means dining in the backyard garden, and getting chilled tsukemen noodles with a rich dipping bowl of tonkotsu broth accented with katsuobushi. Occasionally, if the timing’s just right, you might be able to witness some of his genius collaborations. Past partners-in-crime have included Black Seed Bagels, Kossar’s, Bar Tartine, and even Morgenstern’s ice cream.

Must try:
Shio Ramen
Ramen / Worth the Detour
Reservations: Yes
Hours: Mon-Thu, 12:30-10pm; Fri-Sat, 12:30-11pm
Location: Lower East Side and Midtown West
Address: 25 Clinton Street
Phone: (646) 678-3859
  • Subway: F to Delancy / J,M,Z Essex
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