NYC Restaurants

Ippudo



24 W 46th St (5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY, 10036
(212) 354-1111
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Cuisine: Noodle Shops/Bars

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Walk through the colorful curtains featuring dragons and carp to enter Ippudo’s Midtown location on West 46th Street and what you will find is a well-oiled machine. Here the kitchen and servers interact though a series of shouts. I’m not quite sure what the shouts are, but one of the servers said the response usually heard is “please.” As in please bring me another bowl of that delicious soup.

You really can’t go wrong with the ramen. Several types are offered, all based off of the restaurant’s secret recipe for Tonkotsu broth, which we’re told takes 20 hours to prepare in a process designed to remove any excess porkiness. The Shiromaru Kasane is a personal favorite topped with thin slices of pork bara chashu and ramen noodles prepared al dente. Other ramen versions may call for added spice, an umami egg, or bonita flakes. The proper method of eating your soup, so it seems, is to hold your soup spoon in one hand and use your chopsticks to spin the noodles into a loose ball with the other, similar to eating spaghetti. This way you can avoid any excess slurping.  It’s a process I have yet to master.

You would also be well advised to branch out into other offerings such as savory Uni Q Buns made with enticingly good grilled eel, and Japanese fried chicken called Taro Karaage. The bite-size pieces are dipped a spicy mentai mayo. The space at Ippudo is modern with arched walls made of wood blocks in varying sizes, wooded tables and counter. Grab a seat and let the slurping begin.

Review By: Thomas Rafael

Neighborhood: West 40s

Payment: Accepts Credit Cards


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