Monday, November 10, 2008
East Village Slurping - Ippudo Ramen
After visiting the Village Pet Store & Charcoal Grill, Dylan and I opted to avoid any mechanically retrieved meats. The thought of moving wieners and chicken nuggets on a plate were so unappetizing. Instead we decided to head out to Ippudo Ramen for lunch.
I ordered the Shiomaru moto sji - Ippudo's original "white sea" pork ramen with berkshire pork chashu, cabbage and scallions. My classic bowl of hakata ramen was pretty good. The broth is the color of tonkotsu purity and it has a beautiful umami tingle once it hits your mouth. While the berkshire pork chashu is heavy on the fatty side...the kind of fatty that sticks to your love handles fatty, the spaghetti sized ramen noodles are cooked to a firm perfection.
Dylan's been here before so he ordered the Akamaru shin aji - Ippudo's new take on it's "white sea" pork ramen turned karai making it the "red sea" version.
When you walk into Ippudo, you'll notice that this ramen-ya is unlike the others. You won't find any faded noren curtains, vinyl stools or even an overworked salary man, instead, Ippudo sports swanky lounge seats and smooth wooden bars. Sometimes it's nice to eat in a consciously designed atmosphere...well...that's until you get your bill. Two ramen sets and some beers set us back $50! Slurp.
65 4th Ave
(between 2nd Ave & 8th St)
New York, NY 10003