- Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
600 11th Ave., at 45th St.; 212-582-7942
In a town filled with fractious ramen loons, we’d be daft to declare one bowl better than all the rest. So let’s just call Ivan Orkin’s seminal shio recipe our favorite ramen so far this year. Yes, we base our decision on the perfectly orange-yolked egg, and the ribboned chashu pork, which takes the obsessive Orkin many laborious steps to cook. But the thing we can’t get out of our head is the shio stock itself, which, as any ramen geek knows, contains more ingredients than many recipes in Escoffier and is way more fun to eat.
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).