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Posted by I eat for a living on 04/28/2009
So at long last, I tried Ippudo and honestly, I don't really see what all the fuss is about. The pork buns were, eh, ok. The bun part was tasty and the pork just tasted like barbecue with half of it being pure fat. Perhaps this is why people say that it melts in your mouth. Lard will do that. Everyone in my party had the one-year anniversary special ramen and while the broth was tasty, it was also extremely salty. If you do go, be sure to be seated somewhere in the middle of the restaurant. if you're seated in the back, as we were, you will have the constant rumble of subway trains underneath your seat as an added dining companion.
Posted by mushitushi on 04/13/2009
the Ramen is excellent, many different kinds to choose from. The pork belly is also excellent. Dont forget to try the tofu dessert. Be prepared to wait a half hour
Posted by Anonymous on 04/04/2009
So we had a party of four on a Friday night and were told the wait would be 2 hours... turned out to be more like 30 minutes. Had the pork buns, which even though I didn't think you got a lot of food for your money, what you got was out of this world. Seriously. Also had the spicy ramen noodles with the belly pork. Got the soup extra spicy, which to me was just spicy, but was good. The pork belly (all 2 tiny pieces of it) was amazing. The meat was so tender and flavorful and just melted in your mouth. Tried my friends miso soup as well... by far, the most richly flavored miso broth I have ever tried. Service is subpar... they rush your order, and it took us at least 3 tries to get the bill (which might explain why they have 2 hour waits). Overall, this place is a cheap meal ($140 for 4 people, 3 apps, 4 soups, and 4 drinks, with tax and tip), that you will enjoy, and in my opinion, is far superior in price and quality to Momofuku.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2009
Don't ever go here unless you want to wait FOREVER for over priced noodles. I came here HOPING to eat the ramen with my mom and aunt and ended up waiting OVER an hour. We still were not seated after an hour and twenty minutes, so I spoke to the manager and they tried to make us wait even longer. We ended up leaving. I've been a patron of Ippudo since they've opened and this is the first time I've EVER experienced something like this!
Posted by toner on 02/05/2009
Ippudo has some of the best ramen in Japan. I used to eat at the Ippudo across the street from my university in Tokyo on a weekly basis. It was a little more expensive than the hole-in-the-wall joints but worth splurging for. They've brought the same dedication to quality to their Manhattan location. If I look down at the bowl while sitting at the counter I could swear I was in Tokyo. The gyoza is fantastic, the broth is rich, the noodles are thin and al dente, and it tastes exactly the way Hakata ramen should. The only catch is the Manhattan price tag for working class food that comes from the harbor in Fukuoka (Hakata). How would you feel paying $20 for a burrito or a hoagie? That's how I feel when I go here. Sometimes you have to pay extra to get the authenticity of a favorite food from around the globe. I love the food, but it always feels weird when I get the check. I wish they had remembered to do what they do best which is make ramen. Keep the deliciousness, lose the chic!
Posted by Nick on 02/04/2009
The Akamaru Modern at Ippudo is simply the best ramen dish I've had in New York. The other ramen offings at Ippudo are also better than any I've tasted around town. In fact, having recently visited Tokyo I'm convinced that Ippudo dishes can stand up to any in Japan itself. The appetizers and side dishes are also great, and the atmosphere in Ippudo is exciting and bustling. Just don't try to go at peak hours or weekends if you're not prepared for a long wait.
Posted by digger on 01/18/2009
I habve been hearing a lot of hype about ippudo and finally decided to try it. In a nutshell the staff is nice and friendly. Put simply I was disappointed with the amount of Pork that came with my Ramen. At other places you get a nice amount. Here I got on paper thin slice. I also didnt like the fact that you cant take leftovers home. I was there at 5pm. The time the bar opens, already had my name on the list and still had to wait 10 minutes. It was ok but not great. Wouldnt rush back here and definitely not worth the hype.