• Critics’ Pick
  • Ippudo NY

  • Japanese/Sushi $15-$20
  • 65 Fourth Ave.
    New York, NY 10003
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone: 212-388-0088
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The first American entry for a Japanese chain, Ippudo NY is a dark, bustling place with a surprisingly large modern cluster of dining rooms—once you push past all the young Japanese in the crowded bar area up front. Though the house-made ramen is the highly touted draw here—you can even see the noodles being made in a windowed chamber downstairs—the appetizers steal the show. The sinfully rich kakuni, a chunk of stewed fatty pork, melts in your mouth; beef tataki, thin slices of grilled ruby-red steak, is reason alone to get the chef's-choice appetizer plate. The ramen itself is excellent but not outstanding—the broth lacks richness and depth compared to the quality of the appetizers—and the somewhat brittle noodles are a little bit of a letdown. Still, the frenetically complex hodgepodge of the akamaru ramen, a bowl of noodles with red miso, black garlic oil, and ivory slices of Berkshire-pork, is a revelation.

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  • Hours

    Mon-Thu, 11am-3:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm Fri-Sat, 11am-3:30pm and 5pm-12:30am Sun, 11am-10:30pm

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Dine at the Bar Lunch Notable Chef Take-Out Hot Spot

  • Alcohol

    Sake and Soju Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

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