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65 Fourth Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
Way way too loud. Cannot hear a thing. Huge din. Good ramen
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.
By kim34 on 3/17/2011
nice decor and fresh noodle....what else! it's like my mother ramen...
Good food, bad policies
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 restaurantfairy on 10/27/2010
While slurping is considered bad tableÂ manners in the West, itâ€™s quite the opposite in Japan. To express appreciation for a delicious bowl of noodles, slurping is perfectly acceptable, in fact complimentary to the hosts. Well, get ready â€“ because that is the noise you will hear yourself making the most when you eat at Ippudo â€“ home of â€śdesigner ramenâ€ť.Â Itâ€™s a bit pricey for Ramen, which is really considered a street/ comfort food in Japan and usually comes quite cheap. Lines are long for eager foodies who patiently wait their turn for melt in your mouth appetizers and heavenly ramen. Slurp upâ€¦ because the ramen at Ippudo is good till the last drop. For pictures and more food details click on this link: http://therestaurantfairy.com/2010/06/07/ippudo-ny/
good ramen unpleasant atmosphere
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 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!
The best Tonkotsu Ramen in NY
By foodieQ on 12/7/2009
I had the Shiromaru Hakata Classic which is the basic tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen. I am not a big fan of pork stock, but this soup was memorable. Hearty, milky, yet very clean, and the noodles had great texture. The space is stylish but it's loud and busy. I wouldn't recommend for a romantic dinner, but would highly recommend for those who are serious about food.
Really NOT worth the wait!
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!
Very good but slipping
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.
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