65 Fourth Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
By impulsivegirl on 6/28/2010
This is my first review on NY Mag, but unfortunately there are NO ACCOLADES for Ippudo. I would award them 0 stars, but NY Mag doesn't give me that option. I've been coming here for ramen, since I moved to NY about 2 years ago; but yesterday, I abruptly left the restaurant when management decided to slap me with a surcharge of $4/person for eating a cupcake in their restaurant. No one gave me a warning, but they just automatically added the ridiculous surcharge to my tab. I went late in the afternoon, and did not have to wait for a table, but for some reason, things were EXTREMELY SLOW in the kitchen. I mean, come on, it should take 5 minutes to bring out a bowl of ramen. I was STARVING and the only thing to stave off my hunger were the cupcakes that I bought from Butter Lane. I asked if, instead, I could order an appetizer or drinks, but they didn't even give me the option. Moreover, I think it's annoying when this "policy" was not listed anywhere on the menu. The manager on duty said management is allowed to do whatever they please, but shouldn't they, instead, try to please the customers? Afterall, you are paying $15 for a bowl of peasant food. So fellow ramen enthusiasts, beware!
By Hayden25 on 4/16/2010
I was so excited to try this place. After waiting an hour at a crowded bar (after I paid the $6 for happy hour 2 for 1, but was not allowed to take my unfinished second beer to the back), we bellied up to the kitchen 'bar' to eat. the shouting and yelling at everyone as you arrive, order, whatever was unnecessary. the food was fine. that's all. we ordered 3 apps and a bowl of ramen each. I couldn't eat more than 3 bites. Fine, I thought, I'll take it home. NOPE! Turns out they don't let you take home your leftovers! Because it 'doesn't reheat well'! huh??? Even though I paid for it and hardly had any? NOPE. Can you tell I'm PO'd? I won't be going back, and I'll be sharing this story. Ridiculous and pompous policy. It's not caviar, it's Ramen for crying out loud!
By NYC_Lady on 11/11/2009
Atmosphere and service are good. Food is extremely salty and over hyped. The hot dishes and appetizers are better than the ramen. Definitely NOT worth the wait!
By aprchic on 3/25/2009
While this is a noodle bar and relatively cheap to begin with, I went for a friend's birthday dinner and was shocked by the final cost for our group. It was a group of 8 - admittedly a larger party for a restaurant of this size. (B-day girl's choice.) The staff told us the wait (at 7pm) would be 1.5 hours. For noodles?! In fact, the wait was 2hr+. And the bar is not well done - poor cocktails and choices. The food was good, but certainly not exceptional. I think Momofuku was better. And the bill, when all was said and done, was atrocious - for noodles!
By olivia7261 on 8/28/2010
I had a delicious bowl or spicy ramen here. came early and it was august so I didnt have to wait. I love the food but will not return b/c this place has a weird shtick whenever a customer enters the dining room the cooks and waiters SCREAM a Japanese greeting. I've lived in Japan and this is very un-Japanese. I dont know what it's about. You cant have conversation and most importantly you are forced to eat in a loud and stressful atmosphere which is not the way food should be eaten.
By Elenafox on 4/1/2008
The ambience was much nicer than most standard ramen places with darker lighting and a cherry blossom centerpiece. The ramen was very tasty with perfect noodle thickness and there were several flavors to choose from (as opposed to Setagaya). I tried the Modern which was flavorful but not spicy. The side of roast pork over rice was also tasty. Japanese TV was filming and asked to interview people about their experience and what they thought about the price. I think a few dollars more for better quality meat and a nicer ambience is definitely worth it. Will definitely go back.
By EthanHam on 6/29/2009
Their Akamaru Modern ramen is addictive and the pork buns are the best in town (Ssam Bar's are aren't even close). It is a bit pricey compared what ramen costs in Japan ($12 vs. about $8). But this isn't Japan and, in any case, Ippudo's ambiance makes it clear that it's not a slurp & run joint. However, lately it appears that Ippudo doesn't quite understand that last point. They seem to have a new policy of trying to rush diners. Perhaps understandable given the number of people waiting to get in, but it is unpleasant even so. During my last visit to the restaurant everyone in my party of four had to fend off waiters several times from removing their unfinished bowls of ramen. I was asked at least three times if I was "done with that" (once while I was actively lifting the soup spoon to my mouth). Twice a waiter tried to remove my 1/3-filled beer mug. The pork buns are also suffering--the thick slices of pork belly have become noticeably thinner. The buns are still better than any others I have had, but the change is disheartening.
By kim34 on 3/17/2011
nice decor and fresh noodle....what else! it's like my mother ramen...
By god_is_dead on 12/14/2010
The food here has always been good although they keep fiddling with what I considered an already good menu. The miso ramens especially are good. The food aside, their policy of not letting you take home your leftovers is completely idiotic and wasteful. So come hungry or bring your own take away container.
By CNP on 10/15/2013
The loudness was a huge drawback. Let's hope they change this with sound-reducing measures (yes, that can be done.) Pork buns and soft-shell crab appetizers are amazing.