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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 It seems like the menu posted here is a little outdated because the prices are lower in the restaurant ($1 less but still) The chicken karaage appetizer was YUM and came with small fried lotus root chips which were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.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/05/2008
I've had a lot of ramen, but this is by far the best ramen I've had in New York. The broth flavors are really intricate without being too heavy and the noodles are cooked perfectly. The atmosphere was really cool, yet still comfortable. The family style tables are nice, but luckily aren't too crowded. My only complaint was that none of the staff spoke English and had a hard time getting our order right. My friends wine came warm, and when she asked for a chilled glass, they simply took it away not to return.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2008
despite waiting 45 mins at 9pm on a friday night, time just passed on by with great sake selection at the bar. hostess was pretty accurate with the wait time estimate. tried the modern ramen - broth was very tasty but not much to accompany the ramen. We ordered extra side of Kakuni (pork belly) which did it for us. Husband ordered the Shoyu ramen - a bit too salty for his taste. We ordered the chicken karaage which was very very tasty!! food came out fast but waitress was not pushy or hurried us to leave. long line up outside but definitely worth a try!!
Posted by mr ramen on 05/22/2008
I went here with my wife last night. We are big ramen fans, and we've been to many ramen shops in japan as well. The food here is too pricey. Yes the broth is good, above average, however, not "the best" by any stretch of the imagination. Its probably good to try it yourself and make up your own mind. I prefer other places in the village which i wont mention in this review. In summary, worth trying once, but i would never wait in line again for this place.