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Date Night • Dining Solo • First/Early in the Game Dates
Today, two-and-some-odd years after this Japanese ramen chain opened it’s first US outpost here in NY, Ippudo is as good as it’s ever been. This is one of the best meals you can have in this city. And that’s now become one of the problems. What were once hour-long waits in the beginning have now grown to two hours, almost always. You should not be planning a meal during dining time, unless you have a whole lot of nothing to do, or some kind of golden ticket (how do we get that?). The only way to efficiently rock Ippudo these days is to tell your boss you have a doctors appointment and show up on a weekday at 4pm, ready to do bad things to your insides. Order the red bowl of ramen (Akamaru Modern) and as many pork buns as you can without losing too much respect for yourself.
I’ve been saying this forever now, much to Steinthal’s dismay, but these pork buns are way better than Momofuku’s. This one has just enough lettuce for a crunch, and mayonnaise. Yes…mayonnaise. I am gross.
Somehow, shoshito peppers are everywhere these days. Pretty sure Brother Jimmy’s even has them, but I think they think they are Japanese jalapeño poppers. Either way, I still love Ippudo’s shoshitos, especially because they give you citrus salt with them, which I have been known to dump directly into my mouth. Again, I am gross.
A delicious, simple salad with gobo chips – and I still have no idea what those are.
This is the best ramen on the menu, and is Ippudo’s specialty. Full of garlic and scallion, and the broth is rich and extra porky. Save enough broth for an extra helping of noodles, which will only cost you two bucks, but they have to deem you worthy (gotta have enough broth left).
Wasabi Shoyu Ramen
This is a soy sauce based vegetarian ramen that used to be only available by request (Mike D knows the deal). It’s now on the menu, and it’s actually really tasty.
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