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Posted by Food Addiction on 09/01/2008
I've searched far and wide for a good ramen house and Ippudo has ended my search. The broth is the best I've ever tasted and the homemade noodles are so fresh! The ambiance is so trendy leading me to think the food couldn't be that great, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm adding Ippudo as one of my regular restaurants!
Posted by FarFarAway on 08/27/2008
Great service, never a wait ( at lunchtime), awesome noodles. Delicious every time. Can't wait to return.
Posted by ramen and friends on 08/22/2008
Yes, this place is good. Good soup, good noodle, and the service is superb! They had 2 for 1 happy hour drink special, which made everyone enjoy their ramen even more. Decor was too chic for my ramen taste, however.
Posted by missfoodie06 on 08/11/2008
The soup broth and noodles are hands down the best I have tasted in NYC but the pork was overcooked. It seems like the menu posted here is a little outdated because the prices are lower in the restaurant ($1 less but still) The chicken karaage appetizer was YUM and came with small fried lotus root chips which were good also. For dessert I had the creme brulee with a green tea twist to it which was the perfect end to a ramen dinner that did not disappoint!
Posted by Stealth Zwerdog on 07/20/2008
Ippudo's ramen is far better than its nearby competition (and the nearby competition serves pretty good ramen). I had the miso ramen and it was sublime. I ordered kaedama (extra noodles for if you have broth left over) too. The decor looks great and the staff greets you and says thank you and goodbye by shouting in Japanese, which adds a lot to the atmosphere of the place. This place costs about 50% more than the competition, but it's more than 50% better and well worth it. The place was full of Japanese people when I was there, which is always a good sign in a Japanese restuarant. Highly recommended, but best to go as early as possible before the crowds show up and you have to wait forever.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2008
The Ramen is very good, maybe even the best in the city. After waiting an hour and a half on a Sunday evening, struggling with the poor english of the wait staff, and being told that several of the appetizers I wanted were 'sold out' I can only say it was not worth the wait. Even if the ramen had been made by god, it would not have made up for the other glaring problems with the management of this restaurant. Perhaps they should hire some competent wait staff and hostesses, I don't see myself going back in the foreseeable future.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2008
Ippudo was one of my favorite resturants in Japan. When I heard it was coming to the city I was ecstatic! One of my best meals in a long time. The food was to die for, and the ramen was especially great. It helped that I take Japanese right now. And the waiters were delighted to have a fellow speaker to make their job easier. I find that because waiters speak barely any english it is more realistic, and make you feel like your in Nihon, minus the overly restaurant feel of the place, that is not present in its Japanese counter-part.