65 Fourth Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets
New York, NY 10003
I have found my new favorite ramen joint.
Ippudo has been on my list ever since I tried Momofuku Noodle Bar and Ramen Setagaya. Even though Dave and I got here a little after 6:30 on a Tuesday, we still had to wait around two minutes to be seated (the hostess said five). Not bad, considering waits are notoriously lengthy here.
We agreed that the decor was beautiful, with wood pieces (yeah, I don’t know Home Depot words very well) on the restaurant’s outside as well as inside. Mirrors, wood, a sculpture that looked like fireworks. Dave and I were seated side by side facing mirrors and a centerpiece reminiscent of a fireplace.
Our bowl-cut-sporting waitress suggested we get the pork buns. Was she on point or what? They were much like Momofuku’s pork buns and just as good though they were a little spicy.
Dave ordered the specialty tonkotsu ramen which is a pork-based broth, and I went with soy sauce-based broth ($13).
The fried egg reads “Ippudo,” how nifty is that? Mmm, the pork was tender and just fatty enough. Scallions! Seriously, scallions make all better. Dave and I were in heaven because the ramen ruled. Or rocked out socks, if you will. Hells yeah! 700+ Yelp reviews can’t be wrong.