Ippudo

Ippudo

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BalnisFebruary 3
    Is that a beer margarita? Oh its just a frozen head. Right ..right. One beer margarita please!
    Upvoted Oct 19
  • Sam P.
    Sam PezzulloAugust 13, 2013
    Everything is delicious. Best Ramen noodles in NYC by far. Try the Akamaru Modern with Nitamago (soft boiled egg) and a side of Bakudan (spicy paste.) You'll be glad you did.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiOctober 11, 2015
    Make sure to try Maguro Tuna and pork buns for appetizer. Classic ramen has thick, rich soup; Modern is more fragrant and oily; Spicy one is wonderful is you could stand the heat!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Tricia
    TriciaApril 12, 2016
    After a lively and surprising welcome from staff upon being seated, service is on point and ambiance energetic. Shishito peppers are a must with a sake cocktail to start. Veggie Ramen is outstanding!
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite ramen place in the east village! Eating here once will change your perception of ramen noodles from an essential part of every poor college student's diet to a fantastic, delicious meal!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the akamaru modern if it's your first time -- by far the most popular. Otherwise, the spicy miso ramen at the bottom of the menu. And obviously, you need to the pork buns. Better than momofuku.
  • Akansha A.
    Akansha AgarwalDecember 3, 2014
    Vegetarians- get the Wasabi Ramen (with a spiced egg and their homemade spicy paste if you like some heat). The mascarpone dessert is good, but I liked the macha creme brûlée much better
  • Gothamist
    GothamistOctober 16, 2015
    For the fall season, they decided to try something unusual for NYC's ramen scene, debuting Atsumori Tsukemen, a dipping-style ramen that's not found at most ramen-yas on this side of the Pacific. Read more
  • Dirissy D.
    Dirissy DoanNovember 7, 2016
    Shishito peppers, Cucumber (with the sesame oil), ramen, and pork belly buns are extraordinarily AMAZING!!! I could've done without the lychee martini but it was good too...
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMay 18, 2016
    Start off with the speciality Brooklyn Brew- only available here. And feast on shishito peppers, melt in your mouth pork buns and Akamaru modern Ramen 🍜
  • Noora
    NooraApril 27, 2014
    My first time having ramen, and I'm happy it was in here! Already the fried chicken buns would be worth the normal two-hour wait (arrived 5pm and were seated in 10mins). Ramen was fresh and tasty too!
  • Candace C.
    Candace ChangMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I always forget how great the ramen is. And how full you are after since the broth is so rich. Love the Akamaru Modern with a poached egg. Most importantly, don't skimp out on the pork belly buns
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 26, 2012
    Headed to see a show at nearby Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, or Irving Plaza? Hit up this place for crazy good ramen and out of this world pork buns.
    Downvoted Oct 1
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 4, 2014
    The franchise promotes themselves as a restaurant that 'transformed ramen into art.' Here in NYC, we are very fortunate to have two locations here: one in the East Village and one in Midtown.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the best ramen place in NYC. If you get there before noon, you can avoid the longer waits. For appetizers, go for the pork buns and the wings. The wings are finger licking good.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieJanuary 2, 2015
    The pork bun is a must have. The tonkotsu broth is sensational. The essence of pork is more present at Daikokuya in LA but the broth here is more nuanced. Hard to pick between them for best tonkotsu.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Ippudo was brought to NYC by Shigemi Kawahara, who is known as "the Ramen King" in Japan; his rich, cloudy tonkotsu broths draw the longest lines the city's ramen-ya, and they're well worth the wait. Read more
  • HealthyOut
    HealthyOutApril 8, 2014
    Did you know that one little pork bun has over 420 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat? Pro-tip: try the equally delicious Hamachi Goma-Shoyu sashimi instead. Your body will totally thank you. Read more
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesFebruary 23, 2011
    You have to wait for a table, but then: hot ramen, porky and rich, with dumplings on the side, cold beer. One of the city’s best meals.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get this. Akamaru Modern - silky "Tonkotsu" (pork) soup noodles topped w/ Ippudo's secret "Umami Dama" miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, & fragrant garlic oil
  • summer d.
    summer daidoneMarch 29, 2015
    This is one of the best restaurants I've been to in New York. The service is amazing, the food is unlike anywhere else, and the atmosphere is fun and lively. You will not be disappointed.
  • Marc B.
    Marc BuonFebruary 8, 2014
    give ur name/# to hostess, go nearby to get a drink, buzztable app then tells u when u should come back. Order pork buns, Kirin draft, any ramen. Add kakuni and spicy paste. Rub tummy!
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurJuly 29, 2016
    vegetarian ramen is delicious and doesn't feel second rate at all. pro tip: as for the garlic crusher and sesame seed grinder.
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha MushnickFebruary 25, 2014
    Delicious. Best pork buns I've ever had. Pictures is the akamaru modern ramen. Also great. However, i like my ramen spicier so if I go back I would order a spicier ramen.
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    The Akamaru Modern ramen is made with Tonkatsu pork broth and thin, wavy noodles. The broth is velvety, the noodles springy, and it's served with a secret, funky umami dama miso paste. Read more
  • Leo S.
    Leo SumulongOctober 16, 2014
    Definitely one of the best ramen joints in the city. Wait times can be longish, but stick it out. It's worth it. The pork buns are fantastic, and you can't go wrong with the Akamaru Modern ramen.
  • Sheena
    Sheena1 week ago
    Very tasty and quite affordable (had two ramens, extra noodles and add ons, and two cocktails for 40+ dollars) though the hype makes it a real test of patience to actually get a table.
  • Cam_in_Bris
    Cam_in_BrisSeptember 28
    Good classic pork ramen (without being mind blowing). Frozen top beer fun. Waiters friendly but seemed a bit too quick to clear food/ask if you wanted the bill IMHO.
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen Shea1 week ago
    Chicken bao buns are a must but don’t eat too many so you can eat as much of your huge ramen bowl as possible. Put your name in @ 5 you’ll still have to wait 2 hours but u can leave and they’ll call u
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the Yuki Guni special ramen. If it shows up as the ramen of the day, go get it for something different.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FetznerJuly 2, 2015
    Great scene, great vibe. The Akamaru Modern Ramen was off the charts, as were the pork and shrimp buns. Don't take res but they have a cool bar up front for while you wait (and it's worth the wait)
  • Shawn T.
    The spicy ramen is amazing. Be prepared to wait to be seated. Doesnt allow for reservations and is packed. You can put your name on the list and they will call you which allows you to do stuff around.
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoMay 30, 2016
    The service was amazing and the ambience was great. The ramen was good; however, I still prefer Toto ramen. Oh, be prepared to wait!
  • Salih Seckin S.
    Salih Seckin SevincNovember 26, 2016
    I tried spicy ramen 🍜 with extra hot sauce Bakudan and loved it. Everyone is shouting Japanese words in here. The taste and the energy is great. Long wait times 👎🏼 They don't accept reservations.
  • Jwow
    JwowFebruary 27, 2015
    The Akamaru Modern ramen with egg and extra garlic oil will warm your spirit any day of the week! Put your name in and wander around the neighborhood while you wait.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DSeptember 22, 2015
    Yes, it's the crowd favorite & it's really good. Gotta give some love to the others first, but if you're a patient group or a hungry single eater you're in good shape to get a coveted bowl of Ippudo!
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartJanuary 29, 2015
    Group of 4 and we ordered: Hirata Chicken, Hirata Pork Buns (2x), Umami Mekyabetsu (Brussel Sprouts), and then each got our Ramen (I got Akamaru Modern w/toppings). Perfect amount, amazing as always!
  • Elena H.
    Elena HatibApril 25, 2016
    One of my favorite ramen spots. I love the Akamaro Modern with soft boiled egg and the pork buns are a must!
  • Caroline V.
    Caroline VinasJanuary 23, 2013
    Bomb food! Get there when it opens to put your name on the list. Usually about a 2-3 hour wait for dinner. But you can leave your number and go to a bar near by while you wait. Worth it. Promise.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    The Akamaru Modern is the most popular. Silky broth and aromatic garlic oil coats the super-thin, elastic noodles. Tender pork chasu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, & scallions are placed atop.
  • Dens
    DensMarch 9
    Been here 5+ times
    The "modern ramen" is great. Start off with some chicken wings if you're feeling extra healthy :)
  • cupkeyk
    cupkeykNovember 7, 2014
    Akamaru Ramen with their special egg was awesome. One of the best authentic ramen restaurants in Japan now in other countries. I also like their tea and bean sprouts appetizer free on the table.
  • Lia M.
    Lia MartinezAugust 28, 2013
    If you see that the special for the day is the Wasabi Ramen, order it! If not, the Akamaru Modern is my favorite. Do not, whatever you do, neglect to order the green tea ice cream + cheese dessert.
  • diana🦑
    diana🦑August 6
    Been here 5+ times
    i always order pork buns and the vegetarian (vegan?) wasabi shoyu ramen, the noodles are much thicker than the ones in the tonkutsu, and bamboo is included!
    Upvoted Aug 31
  • Justine B.
    Justine BloomeNovember 25, 2015
    Get the vegetarian ramen with wasabi. You can add meat if you like. But rest assured, the vegetarian broth beats all the other broths, Hands Down.
  • Casey S.
    Casey SchoonoverNovember 19, 2014
    Ohh hot savory brothy goodness!! My favorite traditional ramen place in the city. Broth is amazing with perfectly chewy noodles. Get the Akamura Modern w/ nitamago & takana and Pork bun appetizer.
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal GriffithJanuary 8, 2013
    Best Ramen in NYC the closest you can get to Tokyo without traveling 18 hours on a plane get the pork buns and spicy ramen with miso and pork and chicken. You will be in hog heaven.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 13, 2014
    The Akamaru Modern is one of the best ramen dishes in the city. Pork buns are also tasty and the vibe is generally festive.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Abdulelah A.
    If I could rate this place greater than 10/10 I would. Everything here is just amazing. Fried chilli peppers, spicy ramen, ichriraku ramen, and wagyu rolls.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 11
    somehow not quite my style--it felt like there was a certain thinness of flavor to the noodles. but you get to hear a white guy shout Japanese every time there's a new customer; pork buns delicious.
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