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Posted by JT on 02/16/2010
this is the only branch of the mighty Ippudo outside of Japan itself. having been to Japan 17 times (really), I can tell you it tastes the same, and it's great. to those who say "theme park behavior of staff": i say baloney. EVERY real Japanese establishment greets you and sends you off with the goofy shouting (ok not always shouted but definitely loud). it's considered rude not to. so enjoy the authenticity! to those who say "you can make it at home": baloney...they boil pork downstairs for 13 hours to get that broth, then season it with things you don't have. to those who say "it's all MSG": baloney...(see above). that woozy feeling comes from a big warm belly full of fatty amazing pork broth and carbs. you're not drugged. you're well-fed. add the decent sake collection, and i'm happy. the only thing missing is these amazing carmelized gyoza pork dumplings on the menu in Japan only. but i can wait....
Posted by LA on 12/01/2009
I had never had real ramen before until I wne to Ippudo. YUM!! Ill never think of it the same way! Oddly enough we didnt wait at all to be seated. I heard the waits here are very long. I had the classic ramen and it was DELICIOUS!!! I cant even describe it...it was rich and flavorful and very filling. The pork buns were great too..the meat was melt in your mouth tender. I will definitely go back and hopefully not have to wait.
Posted by honest eater on 11/26/2009
Went there on a weekend around 5pm and the wait time for a party of 2 was 1.5 hours. Who would wait this long for ramen? My friend and I always wanted to try this place so we waited.........at another bar! Thats right, while you wait for your table go to another bar to pass the time. Ippudo does have a bar but it is to small to fit everyone. Anyway, after an hour we went back and still had to wait another 15 minutes so luckily there was a small space at Ippudo's bar. THE WAIT WAS WORTH IT! The ramen was excellent and my friend loved her ramen also. The broth was very good. Didn't have any appetizers, just wonderful ramen and sake. So if you are in the mood for ramen, expect the wait but don't just hang around, pass the time and keep yourself busy.
Posted by NYC2010 on 11/11/2009
I eat at Ippudo at least 3 times a week, and would eat there more frequently if it was in my neighborhood. However, I've learned that if I don't want to wait, I should dine alone, there's rarely a wait time for single diners at one of the communal tables. Another reviewer said they wouldn't go back because of MSG...if MSG is what makes these noodle soups so good, I wish there was MSG in everything!
Posted by BPCH on 11/07/2009
If you look around online you'll find a lot of people identifying the flaw in Ippudo: MSG. We went there yesterday evening and were thirsty for the rest of the night. My girlfriend woke up this morning with a (suspected) MSG headache. Sure the broth tastes good but that goodness seems MSG-derived, making Ippudo a write-off for us at least. (I nonetheless understand that MSG is an integral part of popular Japanese cuisine.) Incidentally, the Japanese theme-park behavior of the servers, who can also be slightly obnoxious, is another reason this place is overrated.
Posted by LuvNYC on 11/06/2009
Pork buns are salty, sweet, melt in your mouth good. Ramen noodles are almost creamy and so delicious! Of course you have to wait 2 hour for salty, tasty goodness...You live in NYC! Ippudo makes me glad that I do:)
Posted by D.C. on 11/01/2009
Yes, the food here is great, but the fact that Ippudo somehow thinks it's too cool of an establishment to accept reservations is obnoxious and irksome, to say the least. I tried to go on a weeknight with my girlfriend, and we were told that there was a 2 hour maximum wait to seat our party of two people. When I asked the hostess what a 2 hour maximum meant and what the minimum wait might be, she wasn't able to give me a straight answer, avoided eye contact, and was pretty rude and dismissive. We didn't bother waiting and left to go somewhere else because we had no idea how long we'd actually have to wait, we weren't willing to wait for 2 hours (I personally wouldn't wait for that long anywhere), and we weren't willing to pay $15 each for a bowl of noodles and broth that we could make ourselves or get somewhere else for cheaper (albeit a less good version, I'll give them that). Ippudo needs to get over itself, start accepting reservations, and reduce the price of dishes that they currently charge ~$15 for, but which probably only cost $1 to make.