Ramen is Japan’s soul food and Ippudo is our gateway to that country. You will find yourself a delicious authentic bowl of fresh ramen noodles and flavorful broth. Ippudo is not only a favorite to us but also amongst many other New Yorkers. Their Tonkotsu (pork) soup base ramen are uniquely flavorful and to die for. We typically drink the entire bowl of broth as the flavor outweighs our eventually parched mouths. The original location is found in the East Village while their second location is in the Hells Kitchen area.
We started with the Hirata Buns which are steamed buns filled with pork (our choice of meat), lettuce, and Ippudo’s spicy sauce.
For our noodles, we ordered the Karaka-Men which features a spicy version of the original “Tonkotsu” pork broth, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and garlic oil.
We also ordered the Akamaru Modern, which has a more bold version of the original pork broth. It is very similar to the Karaka but with Ippudo’s secret Umami Dama paste.
If you’ve never tried Ramen, you can never go wrong with their Classic Shiromaru Hakata!