Ippudo Restaurant Review - East Village NYC

Thursday, May 23, 2013

4.5 / 5 Stars

You will never quite understood the whole ramen craze until you visit Ippudo. Ippudo in the East Village serves up an array of comforting Japanese fare. Entering the vestibular front bar area, you are immediately and pleasantly enveloped in a subtly cool scene that you thought you were in a bar, but in reality it was a both ramen bar and cool place. The bar itself has a glass countertop, and below it little packets of dried ramen noodles. Cute and neat.

Inside the main dining area, they've got a whole lot more modern piece than other ramen spots. It's funky in decor, and has that Japanese attention to detail. Compared to the other Ramen place I have been to, Ippudo was considered quite roomy. There's a sort of wooden banyan tree whose little wooden branches spread out dendritically across the whole ceiling. It's really cool and unique like that. The tables are laid out rather whimsically - there's a round one, a bar with several stools facing an open kitchen, booths on the opposite wall, and another bar type of area. The staff were basically all Japanese and exceedingly welcoming and friendly. 

The food I tried was the tonkotsu ramen, a rich and complex pork-flavored broth with nicely cooked thin, al dente noodles. There are three kinds, all of which vary in depth and spiciness. Other dishes---or, rather, their descriptions---don't exactly jump off the menu, but they will make your taste buds leap. Another food I tried was the pork bun, although I'm not a big fan of Mr. Pig, but indeed, I really like the sauce and the bun itself. Not too salty but just right for my taste bud. Do I recommend this restaurant? Yes. Definitely, but make sure you don't come here with a starving stomach, the normal waiting time is usually at least 45 mins and above!

Address: 65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003
Phone:(212) 388-0088

Thursday hours 11:00 am–3:30 pm, 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
Transit: Astor Pl

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