With a chain of restaurants all over Japan, Kawahara set his sights on another little island, Manhattan. Ippudo NY is their first overseas location, opened in 2008. Since then, fans have flocked from all over the country for a bowl of steaming ramen, fatty pork belly, succulent eggs and a taste of their mouthwatering noodles.
|Akamaru Modern ($14) w/ Nitamago|
Having a free afternoon, my friend & I decided to brave the storm and try our luck at this delicious eatery. Thankfully we only had to deal with a 20 minute wait, pretty nice for a weekday lunch time. Wanting a variety of flavors we opted for an Akamaru Modern, a dish that really represents their revolutionary flavors, and the special Kasane Black, mostly because I have a hard time resisting anything doused in black garlic oil. The Modern is dubbed thus because of the addition of Ippudo's secret "Umami Dama" miso paste which adds an incredible layer of depth to the already delicious broth. The noodles as I've said before are to die for... and the addition of the Nitamago is the perfect vehicle to mop up all of the delicious flavors in one bite. Honestly a perfectly pleasing bowl of happy.
|Kuro Kasane Black ($16)|
65 4th Avenue (@ 9th Street)
New York, NY 10003