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 4 weeks ago
  • 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 1 day 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 🍜
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Sheena6 days 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 Shea5 days 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.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Level up your ramen with the pulled pork chashu topping (Shigureni). It comes on the side, but fire that deliciousness straight in on arrival!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FaustiniAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork buns here are fantastic! There are often seasonal ramen flavors that are pretty cool. My go to is the Akamaru Modern. Good happy hour deals if you find yourself waiting at the bar.
  • Cathy 🐳
    Cathy 🐳March 19, 2013
    The spicy ramen here is overwhelming, not in a good way. I recommend getting the pork bun and eel over rice. Totto Ramen has the best spicy ramen in NYC - it's a longer wait, but worth it.
  • Brooke S.
    Brooke SugovicMay 8, 2013
    My first ramen experience & I ordered Amakura per everyone's raving reviews. It was great, but would have to say if you like spicy food go with Karaka ramen on the menu. Also, pork buns a must!
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyApril 11, 2013
    Get here before 6:00 and you'll have a chance to sit down before 7:00. Try the Akamura Bowl and for Christ sake, get an order of the Pork Buns.
  • Dr. P.
    Dr. PloinkyAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing pork or chicken buns. Deliciously simple fresh Japanese cucumber app. I could eat both every day. You're treated with kindness and respect every time. No reservations so be prepared to wait.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    This Japanese ramen chain is always packed with New Yorkers and Nippon natives who queue up (often for hours) for the simple pleasure of a bowl of noodles like the Shigemi Kawahara or Akamaru. Read more
  • Francisca T.
    Francisca TanMarch 26, 2013
    It is really worth the wait; the hype about this place is legit!!!!!! Trust me these pork buns are friggin amazing. I only wish I can eat them everyday!
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeSeptember 18, 2016
    Obvi pork buns. The ramen def lives up to the hype. Go by yourself! You'll get seated so much faster, and you should be eating the ramen quickly anyway, so you won't even have time for conversation.
  • Matt V.
    Matt ValerioJune 10, 2013
    The pork buns are amazing. As is the Akamaru Modern ramen. NOTE: definitely go on an empty stomach and be prepared to consume all that you order. They don't allow you to take your food to go.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.June 5, 2014
    I won't be joining the Ippudo cult, but do concede that the pork in my bowl of ramen was the best I've had yet, and the pork buns were better than Momofuku Ssam's. Come alone to avoid waiting forever.
  • Jen L.
    Jen L. 👓June 25, 2013
    Still the best. Worth the ludicrous wait. (Just pop around the corner for a drink at Black & White.) Warning: don't over-do it on starters bc you cannot take home items you're unable to eat!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is a gem if you're in the neighborhood and want a quick delicious meal for one. While there's always a line outside, if you're solo they'll almost always get you in immediately.
  • Monica T.
    Monica TanuwidjajaSeptember 4, 2012
    The wait is worth the time: went back for the 5th time and still the best IMO. Try the wasabi soyu ramen (vegan): really nice! The soup is not pork broth, just clear soup but very nice.
  • Jhocef M.
    Jhocef MadioJanuary 3, 2014
    The pork bun is a must try and the Akamaru modern ramen is to die for! Their pork bun is better than momofoku based on my unbiased palate
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the top 5 Ramen spots in the city. You will wait 1-2hrs during the evening dinner rush. But it'll be absolutely worth it. Make sure to try the pork buns, too.
  • Ilona K.
    Ilona KirnosOctober 7, 2013
    Great ramen. Love the BBQ ramen (special) and the pork buns. The green tea creme Brûlée is good if you like desserts that aren't too sweet.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LevyDecember 20, 2016
    Asian cuisine is on a whole other level here in New York and Ippudo confirms it either it's steamed buns or okonomiyaki and ramen 🍜 everything is awesome 👌🏻! Hats off 😜
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wasabi shoyu ramen is my fave! Be sure to get nitamago in it! (Also, mix well; the wasabi oil floats to the top.) definitely get the pork buns as well: best in the city!
  • Auds B.
    Auds BallOctober 11, 2011
    Akamaru Modern and Karaka Miso Ramen (Spicy) are BOTH delicious! The pork buns are tasty too. As for the wait to get in be prepared to wait an hour or more, maybe go to a bar near by in the mean time.
  • Jan R.
    Jan RoessnerApril 27, 2015
    Wow... an amazing experience and taste-wise beyond anything I've had before in NYC. A dream location for every Ramen fan!
  • J L.
    J LAugust 13, 2014
    If one can stand the 1 hr plus wait while eating the delicious pork buns, the ramen is good. However, the wait time diminishes the tastiness of the ramen. Other quality ramen shops around the area.
  • Vanessa Y.
    Vanessa YyDecember 12, 2014
    Ramen! Cute appetizers too! We had the fried octopus and fried king oyster mushroom (called Tako & Eringi Karaage) raw baby octopus (Tako Wasabi)
  • Grace Z.
    Grace ZhangJanuary 16, 2014
    Akamaru is the best and most popular ramen. Veggie buns are absolutely delicious and I prefer them over pork buns. Ika Isobe (fried squid) and Samurai ribs are my favorite appetizers.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJune 13
    This bun is one of the top three best things I have ever had. The eggplant and eringi mushrooms are fried until super crispy and tossed in Ippudo's house spicy buns sauce Read more
  • Gal A.
    Gal AmirMarch 22, 2015
    Just awesome! Worth the wait.. You can stop by and let the host know you want a table.. They'll text you before it's ready, so you can walk around.. Everything on the menu was great!
  • Mashka
    MashkaDecember 10, 2014
    Everyone raves about the Akamaru (on the left), but in comparison to the full of flavor Karaka Men (on right), it might as well just be mushroom soup
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dat ramen. Brooklyn makes a beer for Ippudo that's incredible. And of course the pork buns.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Shishito peppers, pork buns, Karakamen spicy ramen. I have tried almost every item on the menu, these make me happy every time. My favorite ramen in the city (so far)!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Two appetizers to get: the wings and this, Hirata Buns - steamed buns filled with roast pork, served with Ippudo's original spicy buns sauce
  • Erick M.
    Erick McKessonApril 14, 2013
    Waited 2.5 hours on Sat night - but they call you when ready, so we loaded up at McSorley's. Ippudo has the most amazing pork bun in the world....arguably the most delicious thing I have ever eaten!
  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BenAryFebruary 23, 2016
    Best. Ramen. Ever. Lots of other places try but they are just not as good. Astor Place, and a new location just opened on Upper West. For downtown location prepare to wait for hour(s)
  • Diego S.
    Diego SartoriMarch 5, 2016
    Amazing ramen, leave some soup and order extra noodles, it comes quickly!!
  • Eduardo W.
    Eduardo WhittOctober 19, 2013
    My first time and as avid ramen questor I think im going to cry on hpw good the ramen here is, try the first two ramens on the menu and dont forget the pork buns, foodgasm
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VMarch 26
    Classic and all-time favorite ramen spot since I moved to NYC 10 years ago. Come early if you want to be seated within an hour. Eat/drink at the bar as you wait.
  • Roxanne P.
    Roxanne PogueApril 7, 2012
    Super fun place. Get there early for lunch and dinner or you'll have anywhere from a 15 minute wait to a 2 hour wait. Staff are friendly, quick and efficient. Ramen as pretty good too.
  • Jade B.
    Jade Bailey-AssamNovember 29, 2013
    Amazing spicy karaka ramen! Great service and ambiance. One drawback is that they do not allow to go service. Tip: you can get in almost immediately if you're dining solo.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 8, 2010
    Be prepared to wait as they don’t take reservations. Start with the pork buns and the peppers. Then try the Akamaru Modern with a bottle of Yebisu. Your mind will be blown.
  • Kindall H.
    Kindall HAugust 17, 2016
    Delicious sides and unbeatably authentic ramen. Saw many Japanese people here, which is always a good sign. Will be coming back again!
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriAugust 3, 2016
    It really is worth the hype. Definitely get pork and veg buns. For an extra $2 they will give you more noodles if you have broth left! A++ service. Also a big space that's good for larger groups.
  • Mari
    MariJune 24, 2012
    Hirata Pork Buns, Akamaru Ramen and the daily special ramen are amazing. Definitely better than Momofuku. Went twice around 12:15/12:30 on a weekday & didn't have to wait for a 2-top.
  • Jing Jing L.
    Jing Jing LiJanuary 5, 2015
    The Karaka Men is a must if you like your ramen a little spicy. Come on the weekends before 1pm while the rest of New York is at brunch for shorter wait times under 15 min.
  • Ofra O.
    Ofra OfritaJuly 8, 2015
    Loved the "modern" ramen. If you get the regular, make sure to add the suggested pulled pork; it gives the ramen its flavor. Pork buns were inconsistent - one great, the other dry.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SarverAugust 25, 2014
    Best ramen in the US. Don't be afraid to go solo as you can almost always sit down right away at the counter
  • Brian T.
    Brian TorpeyJuly 24, 2013
    Order 4 sets of pork buns and then ask for Mel, twice. A person names Bo will come out and escort you to the basement. Go to the corner of the room and pull out a red brick. There you will find a map
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneAugust 8, 2013
    Don't overlook their appetizers. Special: Shrimp and tomato salad ($10) and the Agedashi tofu and eggplant ($10) were both some of the best I've had in a Japanese place!
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkOctober 10, 2015
    Hirata Buns are incredibly fluffy and the pork has great texture and flavor. Akamaru Modern with poached egg is the go-to but the other ramens are almost just as good.
  • Kar T.
    Kar TorresOctober 12, 2015
    2nd favorite NYC ramen spot. This place has better pork buns than Totto, but Totto's ramen is better. The spicy Tonkatsu ramen is pretty good; expect thin noodles.
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseJanuary 13, 2012
    RS says: Try the Shiromaru Hakata Classic: "pork bone broth highly emulsified, noodles slightly firmer than most and thinner, and pickled ginger is an important component of the flavor package."
  • Alejandro D.
    Alejandro DezagNovember 15, 2014
    Since the welcoming reaction when you come in and the food (ramen and pork buns) out of this world. Come by without hungry, you'll have to wait at least 2 hours.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You want the Akamaru Modern. I'll sit back and wait for you and your stomach to thank me for my advice.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiApril 10, 2011
    This place has the best ramen around in the city, but with quality brings a lot of folks. Come prepared to wait in line, but the food is worth the wait! Order the pork bone ramen with the fried chicke
  • lindai s.
    lindai schwarzJanuary 24, 2015
    Try the tuna tartar as appetizer and green tea crème brûlée as dessert! Can't go wrong with the ramen dishes as main. I did like the vegetarian one a lot.
  • Mama M.
    Mama MiaSeptember 29, 2014
    Hands down the best ramen in NYC. Guess that's why it's nearly a 10! And the appetizers are even more amazing.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    Noodle fans line up daily at 5 PM to get a table at this East Village Japanese restaurant before the real crowds form, because the ramen is just that good. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Caitlin M.
    Buns are delicious & the ramen is very good, but not the best in the city. You will get rushed thru your meal and told they need your table for another party, even though they don’t take reservations
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzJune 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Although the signature ramen is awesome, my favorite two dishes are the Hirata Buns, which rival those at Momofuko, and the Yamitsuki Goma Kyuri, cucumber in an amazing sesame sauce.
  • Gavin W.
    Gavin WongOctober 27, 2013
    You can't leave without having the Hirata buns (Steamed buns filled with pork slices)! The shiromaru chashu ramen is great too.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Spice-lovers should go for option number three, the bowl with spicy meat sauce that you stir into the broth, rendering it brick red and incredibly tasty. Read more
  • Jin M.
    Jin MoonOctober 22, 2015
    The handmade noodles really makes this place special. They have really good broth and lovely meet. Also... They usually have a wait time of 30-45 minutes. Be prepared.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJanuary 11, 2013
    The best ramen in the city, period. Pro tip: They don't take phone reservations, but if you happen to work nearby, you can make one same-day in person.
  • Luke T.
    Luke TakeuchiOctober 3, 2014
    Some of the best ramen I've had. The noodles are awesome and you can get them topped off if you finish them first.
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaOctober 22, 2016
    Tuna tartare in wasabi is amazing. The ambiance, a little stressful for me. Put your name in and go do something else for an hour since there is always a wait.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinDecember 20, 2015
    Hard to go wrong here. Akumura is the way to go. Pork buns are a must. Get there early or plan on waiting
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 1, 2014
    I guess everyone knows ippudo. Best ramen place in New York ;) not fan of their pork buns but akamaru modern is very good. Wait time is ridiculous be prepared to wait.
  • Brett P.
    Brett PerryApril 6, 2015
    Everything is fantastic! Very busy place. Expect a wait. Put your name down and go explore the area. They will text you. It is worth the wait! Trust me. Enjoy!
  • Dan
    DanApril 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There are many clones but only one ippudo in NYC for now. Get the special kasane aji ramen with extra shoyu tamago. Start with pork buns and cucumber, try the tenzan sake and remember to get kae dama
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 24, 2011
    Very hip, modern, Japanese atmosphere, great music and delicious Ramen noodles! Don't come here on a weekend during prime lunch/dinner hours unless you want to wait 3.5 hours for a table.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenSeptember 14, 2014
    great ramen but always long waits. definitely a better atmosphere than other local ramen shops, if you're into that kind of thing.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 1, 2016
    Best tonkotsu ramen. Good pork buns & baby octopus salad. Sometimes long wait--leave name on list & go drink elsewhere. 🍜
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    The combo of melty red miso and garlic oil in the akamura modern ramen bowl is addictive. Slurping is highly encouraged. Read more
  • Aira B.
    Aira BowersMarch 26, 2014
    We waited for like 30minutes to sit down, service is fast though. And foods are worth to wait. I so love the broth that I had in my ramen. :) I will surely come back.
  • Jackson Harris
    Jackson HarrisNovember 17, 2015
    My favorite ramen shop in NYC. Great for those cold winter days and the food is amazing. Be sure to get there early because there's usually a wait!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesJuly 22, 2013
    Akamaru Modern is one of the best dishes in the city. Go by yourself to recharge, and skip the long wait as the waitstaff will place you wherever there is an opening
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdMarch 18, 2013
    I've never been here, any day or time, when there hasn't been a 1-2 hour wait. But it's worth it. Go round the corner to central bar and wait it out. Buns, shishito peppers, sake and ramen. Nuff said
  • Soapy J.
    Soapy JankelApril 3, 2013
    Put your name down 1-2 hours before you want to eat, it gets super busy. All of the ramen dishes are tasty. Make sure you order pork buns as an appetiser!
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 10, 2014
    Best Pork Hirata Buns I've ever had. Yuzu Pepper Shrimp is also a good appetizer. For dessert get the Lady M Mille Crepe. The Matcha Brûlée was not good.
  • Doctore A.
    Doctore AguacateNovember 11, 2014
    The wasabi shoyu is a bit sweet, the modern tonkotsu very savory and filling. Best of all- pork buns. Like Japanese pork little Big Macs. Best in town
  • Isa
    IsaMarch 7
    Try the delicious Shiromaru Hakata classic ramen with Shigureni. It's so good, you're going to ask for Kae-dama (more noodles)! Try the lychee martini too:)
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJuly 10, 2014
    Went with the akamaru modern. Chashu was alright but I loved the thin noodles. Pork buns were good too, the cabbage inside was a nice touch.
  • Ahuva
    AhuvaJuly 9
    Nice selection of Japanese beer on tap, the Ramen of course can't be beat, and buns are fresh and simple. Expect a 20-30 min wait between 5-10pm
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloJanuary 19, 2014
    Omfg...the pork buns!!! They are not at all like the Chinese pork buns. It's almost like a mini soft doughy taco/burrito shell with chunks of succulent pork! The order comes with 2 of them.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CecereJuly 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their pork buns & the Akamaru Modern ramen are best two things you will ever eat. Ever. But only order what you can eat as you can't bring home leftovers.
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydMarch 6, 2015
    Don't leave this place without trying the Pork Buns. A lovely place for a date, with a wonderfully authentic atmosphere. Fairly inexpensive too! A must try.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoNovember 2, 2015
    wish so much that I saved room to kae-dama my akamaru modern, but the pork buns are worth it. also really sorry for splashing all over the guy next to me.
  • COOLHAUS
    COOLHAUSJuly 15, 2012
    The chosen hiding spot of COOLHAUS staff during the winter. There's always a line, however after one sip of that tasty ramen soup, you'll know it was well worth the wait.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttSeptember 28
    Was at one of the Tokyo locations before getting in here given the popularity. Jade ginger iced tea and an original tonkatsu FTW. Well, for lunch at any rate.
  • Serena Q.
    Serena QiuApril 2, 2012
    The lunch special is amazing. Huge amounts of food for a great value. Always always get the Akamaru modern. Or the wasabi salad (not too spicy) and pork buns.
  • Neilson A.
    Neilson AbeelDecember 28, 2013
    The prices are kind of outrageous for ramen, they encourage you to order extra toppings and they add up. But damn if it wasn't worth it. The Karaka Men was the best bowl of ramen I've had in years.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Loved the chicken bun and the Akumuro ramen was delicious as usual
  • Rose C.
    Rose CoffieldMay 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The BBQ Tonkotsu ramen special is amazing. A definite must try. It's pulled pork in ramen, what's not to like?
  • Louisa A.
    Louisa AgateOctober 27, 2013
    Pork buns, oxtails and classic ramen were delicious worth the wait but beware you won't want to stop eating
  • Ameya P.
    Ameya PendseDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best ramen I've ever had in NYC. Great atmosphere for a group; sit at the bar if you can. Definitely get the pork/chicken buns too.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HolmesJune 22, 2015
    The best ramen you will have in your entire life, bar none. Fans of spice should get the karaka men.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamJuly 4, 2015
    As much as I love a classic tonkotsu, I really enjoyed the updated Akamaru Modern. I also recommend getting the special if it strikes your fancy.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 15, 2014
    One of NYC's cult ramen spots. Try their famous pork buns to start your meal and then get your slurp on with some amazing ramen!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferNovember 12, 2012
    Try the Akamaru Modern Ramen With Kakuni - Holy amazeballs. I'm in heaven. The noodles, the broth, the pork belly... I'm full, but I can't stop eating.
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comAugust 6, 2012
    ...there are benefits to the solo ramen run, particularly when it comes to Ippudo. No matter what the time of day, there is a line out the door. -YKC http://bit.ly/N8tlTP
  • Ava L.
    Ava LuOctober 10, 2011
    a good least 30 mins wait time, noodles = so so, soup base = very flavorful ( I got the wasabi ramen. its okay) wasabi octopus and pork buns = A MUST. SERIOULY. $2 hot paste a must if you like spicy,
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoJune 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic spot people go to to experience ramen in NYC. If the lineup is too much, the nearby Zundo-Ya has a solid Tonkotsu as well.
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesNovember 9, 2014
    The line can be ridiculous at times but it's worth the wait. Top 3 Ramen in all of NYC. Also, make sure you try the pork buns!
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    The thing to order is still the Shiromaru Hakata Classic (the house pork-bone broth style) or the Akamaru Modern (essentially a high-octane Shiromaru).
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley ThompsonAugust 21, 2013
    Pork buns are amazing and the ramen is good too. Make sure you don't come hungry because it can take up to an hour to seat 4 people.
  • Khris
    KhrisApril 20, 2016
    Hidden Gem in Manhattan! Amazing ramen, great service and killer cocktailsin a very nice ambiance with dope beats bumpin in the background
  • Tabi Y.
    Tabi YooNovember 10, 2015
    Definitely get the pork and chicken buns to start! Their special ramen with dipping sauce this month was UNREAL. Get it with an egg!
  • Peter S.
    Peter StrongFebruary 22, 2015
    Oh the buns! Fried chick app amazing. Special eel bun was great and the standard pork bun is wonderful.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 4, 2011
    is the menu here worth the visit? hell yes. But, having lived in Asia now for 2 years, its tough to appreciate the ramen. Pork buns definitely rival Momofuku!
  • Mara L.
    Mara LecocqNovember 30, 2014
    Their signature ramen (akamaru) was pretty good but definitely not the best I've had in New York. Only saying this because the wait is incredibly long so I wouldn't go back because of that.
  • amrita r.
    amrita rajagopalMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    So worth the wait! Akamaru modern and Hirata buns. If you find space in your tummy... Get shishito peppers. And end with annin tofu.
  • Sarah F. P.
    Sarah F. ParsonsMarch 18, 2014
    Even on a cold Tue at 2pm there is a long line. But it moves quickly! Especially for 2 or 1 people..miso Ramen! And pork buns!
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KaitaOctober 18, 2013
    Delicious ramen, but I was disappointed that Ippudo doesn't have the perfect tiny little gyoza like they do in Japan. No free tea and pickles like in Japan, either.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeMarch 26, 2014
    Well worth the wait for some of the best ramen and pork buns in the city. #protip get the extra spicy sauce for your ramen.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasting Table's Top Ramen NYC: Akamaru Modern "Akamaru's incredibly creamy, fatty tonkotsu broth has a secret: a scoop of deep red miso that slowly melts away"
  • Robert M. S.
    Robert M. Strain, Jr.August 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Generous shrimp dishes as a come-on at the opening, quickly deleted from menu in favor of shrimp bits...Enough p ork broth, to give you a heart attack at 50. 150 Ippudo locations in Tokyo, 1 in NYC ..
  • Nelson Y.
    Nelson YoungNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before 11:30 on weekdays for a no-wait treat. Akamaru Modern with extra pork belly is my fave.
  • jake f.
    jake furstSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh man oh man oh man. Definitely munch on the shisito peppers whilst waiting for your ramen. All the ramens are insane, and you can't go wrong adding the pickled egg situation to any of them.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureJune 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ramen in NYC. Try one of their bowls with the spicy red paste. The pork buns are also amazing as an appetizer.
  • Emiliano V.
    Emiliano ViscarraJanuary 11, 2016
    Akamaru Modern with Nitamago. Waiting for large groups is always about an hour. I don't like waiting but this place is worth it.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMay 12, 2013
    Try the Kurobuta Millefille Age - Panko crusted and fried Berkshire pork cutlet with bamboo shoots, shiso leaves and cheese inside. Awesome.
  • Harry J.
    Harry JacobsOctober 18, 2016
    Got the Akamaru modern. Excellent Ramen as expected, broth is king here -- but not a huge portion. Chashu pork not as great as other spots.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 8, 2011
    On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Claire Robinson picks up her chopsticks for the carefully crafted Akamaru Modern Ramen at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen experience. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Victoria N.
    Victoria NatenzonJune 3, 2014
    The pork buns are to die for an the ramen is 🙌. Go REALLY early if you want to avoid a 2+ hour wait
  • Armando
    ArmandoJanuary 20, 2014
    What to Order: Akamaru Modern ramen, with miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage, mushrooms, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil.
  • Alice N.
    Alice NamMarch 21, 2015
    Pork buns are always good. But as for ramen, I won't be getting them without additional toppings next time
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Akamaru Modern ramen was the best ramen I had outside of Japan, although I am sure the others are amazing too! Get the extra special pork belly, if you know what I mean!
  • Evan S.
    Evan StaffMarch 3, 2016
    Go here so I don't have to wait any longer for a bowl at any of NYC's smaller, better ramen shops.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJuly 8, 2013
    Try the Akamaru Modern - as anyone else who has eaten this would say...it was an awesome bowl of ramen...no if, ands, or buts about it
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GJanuary 8, 2013
    Got there on a Tuesday at 10:50am and the line was already a dozen deep! Not that I can blame anyone....it's well worth the wait!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PonzoJuly 5, 2013
    Went around 11:30am and we barely got in! Delicious ramen and incredibly friendly service. Points for playing Daft Punk the entire time we were there.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    You're actually at an advantage if you're dining alone here, for your wait will undoubtedly be shorter. Read more
  • Jenko K.
    Jenko KentJuly 8, 2016
    Everything is delicious, but there aren't as many vegetable only options as some other places. If you like pork, it's amazing!
  • Balraj G.
    Balraj GhaiJanuary 1
    Pork buns are amazing, do are the aubergine buns. Haven't had better ramen. Thinking of that broth makes my mouth water again.
  • Vanessa M.
    Love the octopus appetizer, pork buns are a must try!! Get the akamaru modern with pork belly and boiled egg.. absolutely delicious!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Akamaru Modern. Just do it. And share some pork buns with a friend.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 17, 2015
    Ramen, Pork belly Buns and Takowasa all have become popular Japanese menus in the city from here.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BleierSeptember 4, 2014
    Closest to ramen in Japan that I have found in New York. Head to Angels Share for Japanese themed cocktails while you wait!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CifaniJanuary 10, 2014
    If you get the veggie option make sure to thoroughly stir in the wasabi topping first. Yum!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 20, 2015
    Probably my favorite ramen in town. The wait is stupid, though. I dine at 5 pm on Sunday when I want to avoid the crowds
  • EKW
    EKWMay 27, 2012
    Holy crap this place was amazing! Food was so authentic and the vibe was rockin! Can't wait to come back and enjoy more great food!!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SchultzJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to go for lunch during the week when dining solo! Get the Akamaru Modern and iced green tea. The. Best!
  • eme
    emeFebruary 4, 2015
    Pretentious but tasty. What can I say? There's usually a wait so better have a place to go for a drink/app nearby. Also, wasabi octopus is killer.
  • Lynh N.
    Lynh NguyenJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I have a gastronomic romance going on with Ippudo. Typically pork buns, your favorite ramen with pork belly, and that thousand layered cake.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You cannot go wrong. Everyone will point you to the Akumaru Modern, but karaka-men or if available the wasabi-tonkatsu specials are incredible. Eat!
  • Gloria G.
    Gloria GApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if you're a fan of all things spicy, the Karaka Miso Ramen is a winner! don't forget to add a poached egg or hard boiled egg and a side of pork buns...
  • Aaron
    AaronMay 11, 2013
    Tip: If you ask for vinegar, the staff will bring you a saucer of vinegar. Recommended. But to reach this stage you must have waited for an hour +.
  • DANGER T.
    DANGER TAMFebruary 20, 2012
    you're gonna have a wait there but it's totally worth it. why not get the maiko cocktail and dream of the sweet pork baos you'll soon be eating? right? right.
  • Ivana K.
    Ivana KurtovićAugust 24, 2016
    Take kaedama ale with your ramen! Excellent beer. Excellent ramen
  • Grace Y.
    My personal fav: karaka-men with poached egg. Perfectly spicy, tangy, and meaty.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanAugust 17, 2011
    Best ramen broth in the city, but be prepared to wait. Go early, put your name in for a specific time, and come back when you're ready to eat.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 2, 2016
    Their drum heart special is great, black sesame tonkotsu with rayu, cilantro, and lime. Noodles were meh though :/
  • Samson N.
    Samson NgAugust 9, 2013
    It's always just as good as the last time I came here! You can't go wrong with the Akamaru Ramen with the pork belly.
  • Elaine K.
    Elaine KimJuly 18, 2011
    Get the cucumber, pork buns, and a ramen.. My fav is the spicy one with a tonkatsu base. Also, I like extra scallions and freshly ground sesame seeds.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowAugust 19, 2011
    HUGE wait for a table. My friends and I had to go to a nearby bar to kill time. But the warm bowls of happiness melted the cold we were experiencing (it was hailing). Heaven.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BankJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing and completely worth the wait! Get the modern ramen with pork belly on top!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarFebruary 25, 2015
    Warm atmosphere, very friendly staff, and the food was great. Definitely recommend the Akamaru Modern (like many people would)
  • Flavio M.
    Flavio MuffOctober 1
    Lovely ramen place in East Village. Try the hot ramen and unfiltered sake.
  • cam h.
    cam howittNovember 6, 2014
    Good pork buns, nice bar to wait at before table ready. Buzzing place. Young and mixed crowd. Best ramen I've had in ages.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 14, 2013
    Profoundly porky broth and excellent noodles make this a ramen destination worth waiting for.
  • Greg D.
    Greg DvorkenAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been to Ippudo 20x and finally had my first special, the szeshuan tan tan. Oh my. All other times: akamaru modern kikuni style with egg. Several kaidame. Always a winner. Oishi desu!
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas RibereauApril 19, 2012
    Take some chicken buns and fried yellowtail as apetizers, and the classic ramen Akamaru Modern with the pork supplement, it's awesome!
  • RC
    RCMarch 3, 2015
    Their classic broth is amazing. The noodles aren't my favorite in Manhattan though. Very loud with communal tables. Worth a try.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 13
    Excellent ramen and pork buns. Get the pulled BBQ pork for added flavors!
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny ParkNovember 19, 2010
    I think it's overrated: the bone broth is too heavy and over-seasoned. I must say the chicken and pork buns are delish. The chicken wings are WOW esp. paired with cabbage, it's a perfect marriage
  • Elle A.
    Elle AlvaAugust 24, 2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been to! Hands down everything is Delish!
  • Maximiliano
    MaximilianoDecember 16, 2013
    Akamaru modern: smooth, delicious and addictive pork soup with tasty ramen.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    Ramen! Waiting time is usually an hour or more. So put your name on the list and grab a beer. It's worth the wait.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarNovember 26, 2014
    great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!great!
  • Rubén G.
    Rubén GarcíaOctober 17, 2016
    Possibly the best ramen in the city, and great appetizers as well
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Sam H.
    Sam HApril 14, 2015
    Just like everyone else, get the akamaru ramen and start off with the yummy pork buns
  • Pursarth T.
    Pursarth TuladharOctober 8, 2013
    The best ramen I've had in all of USA. Be prepared to wait if you are going here for dinner. The lunch wait is not so bad.
  • Carl M.
    Carl MajeauMay 28, 2016
    Delish but so is zundo-ya around the corner. Some of the best pork buns in the city tho
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerApril 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Order the new ramen "hakamen." That's hard noodles to you ;) The new ramen appearing in soups here came out softer than usual on a first try.
  • Vlad
    VladOctober 31, 2016
    Pork bun & karaka-men! One of this places makes you feeling high after eating the bowl of ramen.
  • Alan Y.
    Alan YouAugust 10, 2014
    If you get to the bottom of your bowl and are still hungry, get an order of kae-dama (extra noodles) for just $2.00.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the goodbye rice (ocha zuke) for a little something extra, after a bowl of ramen soup. That's 3 logs of rice, dotted by sesame seeds and nori. Quite nice.
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YinDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Karaka Spicy New York is in the top ten vegetarian dishes I've ever had. It's a sesame based broth. I'm a meat eater.
  • George L.
    George LeeMay 24, 2015
    Got the modern ramen. Delicious broth. Perhaps a bit overhyped but very tasty.
  • Olof C.
    Olof CarlsonAugust 10, 2014
    Great pork buns. Best ramen I've ever had. Quite crowded so be prepared to wait for a little while in the bar.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 18
    Freaky good. Crazy rich unctuous broth. Thin noodles with bite. Service is a little hurried.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FaustiniSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork buns are always great. Rotating menu ensures good diversity. Akamaru Modern ramen is a safe go-to.
  • Erica C.
    Erica CongelliNovember 14, 2012
    Avoid the wait: put your name on the list, then go kill some time at the pool hall around the corner. They'll call you when your table is ready.
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadOctober 1
    Excellent ramen (and fast service). Note that they will not seat you unless your entire party is at the restaurant.
  • David T.
    David TaylorDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie buns are amazing, even better than the pork buns (which may be the best in the city).
  • Robert A.
    Robert AmezquitaSeptember 27, 2015
    Pork buns and that ramen. Make sure to get soft boiled egg plus rice with yours to finish it all off!
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    i love the ramen here but my favorite thing to get is the spicy cod roe over rice off the lunch menu!
  • Charly P.
    Charly PhamOctober 19, 2016
    Super service... Staff pleasant. Food is exceptional. I ate the best ramen ever.
  • val b.
    val bravermanAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Modern with poached egg is undeniably the best ramen I've ever had. Ever. Drink with an ice cold Sapporo. Heaven.
  • Jordan L.
    Best ramen and pork buns in the city. Everything is great. Don't be afraid to order a lot and be full.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The akamaru modern ramen is the best ramen in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 10, 2011
    Casual Japanese spot in the East Village, we love the pork buns but you can't go wrong with the ramen either.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulJune 3, 2012
    If you have lots of broth and want more noodles you can order a kae-dama for $2 and they'll bring you more noodles!
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LNovember 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Agedashi Tofu is one of the best in NYC. The cucumber is simple and delicious and available at the bar.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BesserMay 29, 2013
    Excellent hip/upscale ramen place. Pork buns and the akamaru modern ramen were both fantastic, though needed extra sriracha.
  • David L.
    David LaPlanteNovember 23, 2014
    Best Ramen in NYC we found on our trip. Might be the best period. Get the Shishito peppers!
  • Benta B.
    Benta BentaFebruary 7, 2011
    Try the Kogashi Miso Ramen - This was sublime- charred miso broth base with garlic oil and all the fixings. Only on Ippudo dinner menu till end of Feb
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoDecember 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best ramen experience you'll have outside of Japan. Don't miss the pork buns too!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HOctober 27, 2013
    Pork bun is ridiculously good. Salad dressing (wasabi based) is insanely good. Communal seating, great ambiance.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BFebruary 20, 2014
    The "modern" ramen with seasoned egg was fantastic, best ramen I've had in years. Worth a try!
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BasuAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ordered what the people recommend. Pork buns and Akamaru modern Ramen with the soft boiled egg. It was excellent. 1.5 hour wait on a Wednesday evening.
  • D. E. M.
    D. E. MerrittSeptember 13, 2015
    Definitely worth the wait. Hirata Pork and Chicken buns are a must try. Akamaru Modern with added pork!
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware to wait in a long line though sometimes it's a hit or miss. Try the KARAKA MEN with pork belly if you like spicy, otherwise get the Akamaru Modern.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Beware: they only take same-day reservations, and the lunch crowd must wait five to 30 minutes in the front room. Complex $13 Ramen concoctions include the popular Akamaru and the Shiromaru. Read more
  • Teresa C.
    Teresa CantuFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pork buns in the city!! Momofuku cannot hold a candle to these! Ramen is more than excellent obviously! Get the Akamaru or the Karaka Kogashi!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeeJuly 21, 2013
    Everything was awesome. Servers are very on point. The host and hostess are wonderful. Tip them well people! (:
  • Karolina 🐙
    Karolina 🐙November 1, 2016
    Easily living up to the hype. When you take ramen, pick Shigureni topping - wonderful sweet and juicy pork.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HaileDecember 4, 2014
    You can go in around 4 and make a sorta reservation for later that night. Cuts down hugely on wait. Go to black and white if you have long wait.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithOctober 16, 2015
    Came with party of 11 fantastic booths to accommodate, traditional ramen fantastic, enough to share!
  • Mat C.
    Mat CollisDecember 10, 2016
    Great ramen and totally worth the wait you will definitely have
  • Jill X.
    Jill XuFebruary 12, 2011
    <3 the rib, avocado & tofu tart, and spring roll as appetizer. 1st ramen on the menu is the best. green tea almond ice cream... hmm, yummy :P
  • Macarena H.
    Macarena HmApril 18, 2015
    The Karaka Ramen is the best I've had and the buns are delicious!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In the winter, the Kogashi Miso ramen is my favorite in the city. In the summer they dont have it :(
  • Tudor L.
    Tudor LeuMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pork buns and Akamaru Modern - do it! Long lines, be prepared to wait, or make a reservation in person earlier in the day.
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HughesAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The broth in the Modern is what I imagine the urine of unicorns to taste like. Eat it up. Enjoy it. Savor every drop. Or I'll find you...
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PerleDecember 25, 2016
    Had the veggie buns and wings. Bun was outstanding, wings were just good. Had the pulled pork also outstanding.
  • Simon L.
    Simon LeungSeptember 1, 2015
    Best ramen in Manhattan. The cha siu is below average and it's pricey with a long wait but still a great bowl nonetheless.
  • Erin F.
    Erin FinneganApril 29, 2013
    Don't bring anyone who's ever been to Japan here; they'll complain that the ramen is twice as expensive as Tokyo and half as good. The three hour wait time means the proprietors have tricked NYC.
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RoehrichMarch 25, 2012
    Had the miso ramen and pork buns--both were delicious! I'd definetely recommend it, although it's a little pricey for ramen.
  • Sunny 🌞
    Sunny 🌞April 28, 2014
    Great tasting ramen, but expect a long wait. But hey, it is Ippudo after all.
  • Shirley Z.
    Shirley ZhuJune 11, 2016
    The pork bun is delicious! Ramen is great but the gin-sake cocktails are just so-so
  • David P.
    David PoynerMay 28, 2014
    Amazed at the quality. Well done. I suggest ordering anything off the menu. You won't be disappointed!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RaibertAugust 20, 2011
    I think the classic ramen is the way to go. With added pork belly if you like. I like to have the Karashi Takana on the side.
  • Ben Y.
    Ben YoungOctober 18, 2014
    Best ramen ever. We normally grab the edamame, pork buns and the Akamura Modern. Delicious!
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierJune 29, 2014
    Insane wait but worth it. Unique Japanese chant by the staff when you enter. If it wasn't obvious, order the ramen.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HarrisonJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork buns are the best in New York. And somehow the veggie buns are even better.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMay 9, 2012
    Fab pork buns and yummy ramen. An experience. Even at 3pm we had to wait 45 minutes. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dean L.
    Dean LaloFebruary 15
    Great restaurant. Awesome Ramen. Drink Sapporo beer and edamame at the bar while waiting for your table.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Yeah yeah. It's a chain but the buns are great and the ramen is authentic. Like the vibe too
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in day of to make a same day reservation. Use the time you saved to go around to Otafune for takoyaki as an appetizer.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJuly 16, 2012
    Possibly the best ramen in NYC but personally, I can't stand the lines. Great ramen and fantastic pork buns.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TantaleanOctober 24, 2015
    Ippudo is really great Ramen spot. Love the complementary green tea at the end of the meal.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangJanuary 11, 2016
    The $2 noodle refill if you have leftover broth is so worth it, but only if you have 2 stomachs
  • Steven L.
    Steven LehrburgerMay 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There will *always* be a 90-minute wait, but don't despair! There's a chill pool hall a block north on 4th Ave, so arrive early and shoot a few games while you wait.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HoeffelSeptember 20, 2016
    This place is absolutely phenomenal, highly recommend the spicy peppers and the Karaka-men
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenfieldMarch 29, 2015
    It's worth the wait which usually goes fast. Their classic ramen isn't salty which is perfect.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)October 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth the wait. Akamaru Modern ramen is some of the best I've ever eaten. Creamy, rich, umami.
  • tiffany y.
    tiffany yeeMarch 23, 2011
    order the vegetarian ramen, it's not on the menu and it's one of the best vegetarian ramens ever. and add spicy taste on the side!
  • Doug L.
    Doug LNovember 26, 2012
    Go there early in the day to make a same-day reservation. Suckers just show up and put their name on the list
  • richard k.
    richard kashidaFebruary 5, 2011
    They recently changed the thickness of their noodles to a thinner style which mutes up and falls apart after a few minutes of being served. Eat fast or go to kuboya on 5th or mitsuwa in jersey.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListFebruary 15, 2012
    Insider: Everyone else might be waiting for the ramen. We're waiting for the kaisen bakuretsu tofu, a savory tofu stew teaming with barely cooked scallops, squid and shrimp. Read more
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EddyOctober 13, 2016
    Best Rammen and Sticky buns around and lines out the door to match. Sticky buns worth the wait.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 2, 2014
    Favorite "traditional" ramen spot in NYC. Try going at lunch to beat the wait
  • Angela F.
    Angela FettersOctober 25, 2014
    One of the best ramen I've ever had. Alway make sure to get a poached egg added:-)
  • Miquel SV
    Miquel SVJuly 20
    Amazing ramen.
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungOctober 29, 2011
    Best Japanese ramen in NYC, as well as delicious pork buns. Prepare for the long wait, but leave immensely satisfied.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiOctober 15, 2014
    Legit, worth the hype. Go drop your name when it's raining on a Saturday and stay for an hour and a half and just down pork buns till you hate yourself
  • Mischa
    MischaJune 2, 2015
    The fastest way to get-in is really going alone, even doing so can take you up to 30min to get a seat.
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeNovember 9, 2015
    Delicious noodles and surprisingly good sake cocktails. Expect a wait of 45+ minutes on any given night.
  • Seth W.
    Seth WiederSeptember 17, 2016
    Wait can be long but well worth it. Delicious Ramen and Chicken Buns are AMAZING! 😍🍘
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey Kim2 weeks ago
    Get the pork buns and modern ramen with a soft boiled egg!
  • Chloe N.
    Chloe NguyenFebruary 13, 2014
    Opt for ramen for breakfast instead of lunch or dinner. There's usually no wait on weekday mornings!
  • Neelu R.
    Neelu RaviOctober 1
    Pretty decent vegetarian ramen. My friend ordered pork buns and she loved it.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaNovember 16, 2014
    Chicken hirata buns are great starters and then Karaka Men noodles. With lots of draft beer.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithOctober 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Look, it's good ramen, but if you're not looking for a special night out, I recommend Menkui Tei down the road.
  • Pavel B.
    Pavel BainsJuly 26, 2012
    Get the spicy ramen with pork. Also get the pork buns. You will never want a slider ever again.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyApril 11, 2015
    Delicious and hearty. Always a line, but pretty damn great so it might be worth waiting for
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.July 21, 2014
    Don't be shy to ask for a fork if you can't quite eat your delicious ramen with chopsticks!😉
  • Marcos M.
    Marcos MejiaJuly 7, 2013
    They call you to be here in 5min because your table is ready then make you wait a half hour... Other than that the noodles and pork buns are good but Momofukus pork buns are better.
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerFebruary 2, 2013
    Pork Buns are incredible. Have them with the Yamazaki Whiskey Cocktail. An amazing combo.
  • Marlon B.
    Marlon BrysonOctober 1, 2015
    Awesome ramen experience. If you are in the East Village this is the place to be.
  • Haley H.
    Haley Hughes BryanOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the pork buns (it's true; better than Momofoku) and Akamaru Modern. You will leave a very happy person.
  • Gui S.
    Gui SeizFebruary 5, 2013
    Pork buns FTW - if you go in big groups (+3) be prepared to wait for hours
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoOctober 18, 2015
    Best Ramen in NYC!
  • Rhiannon B.
    Of course you have to get the ramen. If you like some heat, the spicy pork is so incredible
  • Diego Z.
    Diego ZambranoAugust 15, 2011
    Pretty much any ramen is great. The appetizers are not so great and the line to get a table is always huge, get there early.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pork buns in the game and the classic ramen is out of this world.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJanuary 16
    Been here 5+ times
    excellent ramen. sometimes a bit of a wait but totally worth it. Get the spicy ramen
  • Theory
    TheoryApril 29, 2011
    NY. It's worth the wait. Best ramen house in the city. Our must-haves: the Hirata Steamed Buns and Miso Ramen.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hirata buns and the Karaka Men with extra noodle. Oh sooooo good. 5/5
  • Carl-Adam S.
    Carl-Adam ScheeleDecember 1, 2015
    Ramen and pork buns were awesome. Very crowded and busy with Japanese shouted here and there
  • Seth T.
    Seth TJuly 3, 2012
    Snap! The Miso Ramen might be my new favorite - get it with the added pork belly and you're in for a rich and filling treat.
  • Cory D.
    Do yourself a favor & get the spicy pork ramen. It's insanely perfect with just the right amount of spice!
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChenJune 30, 2011
    I get the noodles done "katame" or hard al dente. And then order up a second noodle serving ("kaedama") while working on the chilled beer mug.
  • Mashka
    MashkaDecember 10, 2014
    Less than 10 minute wait for dinner mid week! Sit at the bar and watch the masters at work.
  • Albie P.
    Albie PagánNovember 19, 2014
    If you heard many people say its the best ramen in the city, believe it. It's amazing. The pork buns? Orgasmic.
  • Vinaya V.
    Vinaya VishwanathSeptember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mushroom buns are AMAZING. The ramen is pretty great too :) also try lychee soda.
  • Dana D.
    Dana DAugust 23, 2010
    Forget a table. Head to the corner of the bar, snag some of the excellent wings and a beverage. Then watch the people milling around outside waiting for their table.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always get the pork buns. There's even a veggie version that somehow tastes just as good.
  • Vivian C.
    Vivian ChengJanuary 21, 2014
    The wait is normally long if you have more than 1 person (it could be a 2 to 3-hr wait). But I went there alone last time, and I was seated immediately.
  • Lu B.
    Lu BoutinJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come at 5pm ( right before they open the store for dinner ) is the shortest wait u could possibly get.
  • Victoria N.
    Victoria NatenzonDecember 18, 2014
    Most AMAZING pork buns ever. Worth the wait. Just go, you won't regret it.
  • Gail H.
    Gail HSeptember 12, 2012
    Competitor to momofuku but I love the Akamaru Modern ramen. On a rainy day, what could be better? All about the ramen here.
  • Kristine
    KristineSeptember 9, 2011
    Strict as anything on their "if you're not all here now you can't sit" policy. + If you add a person after you've been seated they might not be allowed to order. PORK BUNS.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DenbowDecember 28, 2013
    Wasabi ramen is excellent. Make sure you mix it well since they use real wasabi stems
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KaoOctober 30, 2014
    $3 more for a Lunch Special with your Ramen. Comes with a rice bowl and salad!
  • ginny h.
    ginny hDecember 10, 2010
    Ridiculously good pork belly buns that melt in your mouth. Ramen was good but not amazing. I've had similar if not better in California. Buns however may be worth the wait.
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GOctober 14, 2012
    worth the wait! start with the steamed pork buns and then try the the spicy miso ramen.
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoFebruary 15, 2015
    The modern ramen is the perfect ramen (if you prefer spicy do not get this one). Skip the pork buns. They are not even close to the hype
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificJune 5, 2011
    Go as early as possible (although you'll still have to wait) for the most amazing ramen and pork buns in NYC.
  • Jessie
    JessieJune 16, 2012
    Shishito ==> awesome; Hirata (pork) buns --> also fantastic. The Wasabi Ramen special needs to be brought back.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KoFebruary 5, 2012
    Ask for fresh garlic, press a couple of cloves right into your broth. Best enjoyed with a hangover.
  • YN
    YNNovember 13, 2016
    Akamaru ramen lunch set (mentai mayo rice and mini salad)
  • Jonell
    JonellJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Akamaru Modern with Kakuni, Shishito Peppers and Pork Hirata Buns = my Regular which is a MUST!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 4, 2012
    The 'Modern' was delicious. Funky interiors and quick service. No wonder it's so popular!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsFebruary 20, 2016
    Maguro tartar, octopus, buns, and wings. Solid ramen but I prefer the thicker noodles.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CascinoSeptember 23, 2012
    Specials that includes a free bun. Also a fantastic selection of quality sake. Cheers!
  • Billy H.
    Billy HenehanSeptember 20, 2012
    Order pork buns as your appetizer. Ask for extra flavor in your ramen. Thank me later.
  • Samuel C.
    Samuel CrystalOctober 10, 2011
    Try and vary your noodle dishes around the table and try a little of each others as there is so much variation Read more
  • B K.
    B KJanuary 27, 2010
    If you end up with extra broth and are considering an order of extra noodles, try ordering the side of rice with runny egg instead. Our waitress suggested it today and it was excellent!!!
  • Christian
    ChristianJuly 23, 2016
    Interesting beer selection and side plates. Try the fried peppers. The ramen was very good, but not the best I've had.
  • Christine C.
    Christine CafisoFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like spicy food, get the Akamaru Modern. It's delicious!
  • Nick J.
    Nick JohnsonMarch 23, 2015
    The chicken buns are also pretty great and a little bit different. Try the yuzu soda, it's a little like mountain dew but tastes like fruit rather than chemicals.
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BaezDecember 23, 2011
    You already know the pork buns and ramen are good. Go for the yelling loud Japanese people.. entertainment!
  • Iris N.
    Iris NJune 30, 2013
    Best pork buns in the city. Hands down better than momofuku
  • Madeleine R.
    Madeleine RootOctober 28, 2014
    Sure it's an awesome ramen place... But don't skip the pork buns. Yum!
  • E B.
    E BApril 18, 2011
    Try the vegetarian one with Wasabi, spinach, it's just super yummy, i heard porc stuff are great if you're not vegetarian
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 8, 2015
    the Akamaru modern is absolutely wonderful. matcha creme brûlée for dessert is 👌🏾
  • Brooke
    BrookeAugust 14, 2011
    Pork buns. Get kakuni (pork belly) with your ramen. Trust me, it's not too much pork. It's amazing.
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliJuly 3, 2012
    Add mustard leaf to you ramen. Savory, rich, tasty, and not too heavy like an added egg.
  • Helen S.
    Helen SJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    don't miss the appetizers: pork buns, samurai ribs, goma kyuri, agedashi tofu, and the wings!
  • Carrie M.
    Carrie MSeptember 20, 2010
    The Akumaru Modern is so so delicious. Charming ambiance, and everything on the menu seemed pretty awesome if the Akumaru doesn't float yer boat.
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MoriniOctober 18, 2015
    Always a long wait unless you go right before the lunch rush during the week. Very good but limited menu.
  • Bryn W.
    Bryn WearsJune 17, 2014
    Anything that includes an noodles, meat, and egg this perfect is worth eating
  • Hector
    HectorSeptember 27, 2015
    Long wait, worth it. Pork buns, and get the spicy ramen. Great ambiance.
  • Ahuva
    AhuvaOctober 24, 2016
    Oh, the RAMEN! Great vibes too, but be prepared to wait for a table.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LauNovember 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    New veggie ramen is super good. Pro-tip: replace tofu with pork.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McGinnFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork buns are incredible! Definitely worth the waits and even better than Momofuku.
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PaiceJanuary 8, 2012
    Everyone says get the pork buns. There's a reason. You can avoid the wait and just grab a couple at the bar.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BraylenSeptember 21, 2014
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  • あかり 神.
    あかり 神岸March 18, 2015
    Akamaru Ramen very satisfying. Try both fish and pork buns.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJuly 17, 2012
    Akamaru Modern Ramen, cheese ramen, pork belly buns and the japanese fried peppers
  • Kim M.
    Kim MuiOctober 10, 2011
    kani and avocado with wasabi mayo is delicious! very creamy; i wish they gave you more chips though...
  • st
    stSeptember 11, 2014
    skip the usual akkamaru modern and try whatever interesting special seasonal ramen they have.
  • Christian G.
    Christian GeorgeouMarch 7, 2011
    If you finish off your noodles before finishing your broth, ask for a second round... they'll bring you another serving of noodles for just $1
  • david l.
    david levyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go. Leave ur name/number. Go get a drink. Come back. Eat manhattans best ramen.
  • Raffi A.
    Raffi AsdourianMay 23, 2014
    Don't forget to try the yamaitsuki goma kyuri cucumbers!
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaJuly 11, 2015
    I loved the ramen but mostly because they weren't as strong and rich compared to the Ramen in Tokyo
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HoangDecember 21, 2016
    This place gets packed! Don't be one of those people who chit chats and loafs around while everyone else is waiting to get their noodle on. Slurp, pay, get out.
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VuFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork belly buns, akamaru modern ramen, beer! Don't deliberate. Just do it!
  • Melanie
    MelanieJune 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Ippudo and ask for fresh, whole garlic with your ramen. Sometimes you can add it straight from the garlic press. So good, but bad for your breath.
  • Irene H.
    Irene HsuehJuly 31, 2014
    Ramen is good. Waiting for sooo long to get a table. They don't sit u until everyone show up! Too noisy to chat with friend.
  • Frank E.
    Frank EspositoAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ramen is unbelievable and their pork buns might be the best in NYC.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChangMay 20, 2012
    Try menkui tei down the street - 1/2 the price, 1/4 of the attitude and 2x more delicious
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaApril 8, 2014
    Come before noon and enjoy the ramen without the wait. Amazing apps as well.
  • Gil L.
    Gil LangJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the japanese peppers and the pork buns are great starters, followed by the akamaru modern with added pork belly!
  • Jesse K.
    Jesse KaplanAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    chicken rice bowl is to die for. (and the akamaru modern is obviously delicious.)
  • Jillian
    JillianMarch 12, 2016
    Pork buns for the table! Get the ramen to share, little goes a long way.
  • Антон С.
    Undoubtedly best ramen in NYC, leave some space for extra noodles.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MNovember 8, 2010
    Yes, the pork buns and ramen are tasty -- but do NOT miss the cheesesteak spring rolls. INSANE! You will never forget them.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeSeptember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the best ramen joint on the island of Manhattan. my recommendation is the Shiromaru Hakata Classic, spice it up by adding Kakuni.
  • Pam L.
    Pam LAugust 26, 2010
    If you have a big group, have someone arrive early to put down a name and phone #. Both times I've visited and done this, the table was ready when I asked; it's the people I had to wait for to arrive
  • Peter T.
    Peter ToSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fries are excellent, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
  • George L.
    George LeeJanuary 15, 2016
    Tried the Chicken stock this time. Pork broths still pack some extra flavor here.
  • julia t.
    julia tNovember 28, 2014
    Worth the hype. Put your name down and go play pool at Amsterdam billiards to kill time. PORK BUNS.
  • Viv
    VivOctober 31, 2013
    Ok so I didn't like the tonkotsu here (noodles are too thin for my liking), but the miso ramen and pork buns are amazing
  • Sup
    SupJanuary 2, 2015
    Waited three hours. Worth it. Pork buns and karaka men is the way to go.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LeiSeptember 27, 2012
    You can save by ordering one ramen and then adding additional noodles once you finish.
  • Crystal S.
    Crystal SilvaSeptember 9, 2013
    They DO NOT take reservations anytime. Be prepared to wait, but well worth it.
  • Danny Z.
    Danny ZhuApril 27, 2012
    The Akamaru Modern with a poached egg is the way to go. Simply delicious!
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SanchezJuly 5, 2013
    Sensational - cannot recommend strongly enough. On par with the best ramen places in Japan
  • Cory N.
    Cory NAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork buns and Akamaru modern are a must
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitMay 30, 2012
    Silky noodles, pungent broth. The wait can be long, but it's almost always worth it.
  • Alexa Mae A.
    Alexa Mae AsperinMay 22, 2012
    Best ramen noodles of my life. Modern ramen FTW (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mather
    MatherJune 9, 2012
    Best playlist ever ... Get ready to re-live some 90's R&B !!!
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Skip shishito peppers this week. I had a bitter, soapy tasting batch, 7/12. When asked for an alternative, the manager called me "spiteful" & claimed they were "perfect." So much for my rave reviews.
  • B C.
    B ChuMay 20, 2013
    Apparently done different from HK's. #82/$15-20/Mon-Sat 1100-1530, Mon-Thu 1700-2330, Fri-Sat 1700-2430, Sun 1100-2230
  • Khalil i.
    Khalil ibitefoodNovember 5, 2014
    Fantastic chicken buns and a yummy wasabi salad
  • Simon K.
    Simon KFebruary 24, 2015
    Seemingly bought in noodles rather than freshly made, broth doesn't have much depth of flavour and ill-advised spring onion wipes out what little taste there is. Pork tastes like it's from a packet.
  • Jimin Y.
    Jimin YooApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go at the beginning of lunch time to skip the line.. Even if there's a line it's always worth the wait.
  • Deniz B.
    Deniz BasogluMarch 10, 2011
    You have to wait for more than an hour but it is worth! My speciality: a 'Cold Beer&Hot Peppers' while waiting and 'Miso Ramen' .
  • E P.
    E PSeptember 22, 2014
    One of the best ramen spots in NYC. Which is why there's always an unholy wait.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Karaka ramen is damn good. Can get xtra ramen for an additional $2
  • Justin C.
    Justin ChoyNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Still consistently one of my favorite ramen joints. Akamaru Modern is a classic.
  • Valerie P.
    Valerie P.October 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Christian the bartender makes the best Lychee martini you will find in the city. There is no other!
  • Yoni Z.
    Yoni ZloczewskiAugust 30, 2015
    If you go at the right time you can avoid massive waits - also a great solo spot
  • Benjamin C.
    Akamaru. Solid. Better than any ramen I've eaten in the Bay Area.
  • B C.
    B ChuApril 5, 2013
    #82/$15-20/Mon-Sat 1100-1530, Mon-Thu 1700-2330, Fri-Sat 1700-2430, Sun 1100-2230 http://www.yelp.com/menu/ippudo-ny-new-york
  • Ama K.
    Ama KeatesJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always come alone if you don't want to wait two hours! It's still just as good!
  • Samuel S.
    Samuel ShimJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork buns pork buns pork buns. Their pork buns are to die for
  • Karen L.
    Karen Lao 🔱August 17, 2014
    You can always walk around the block while waiting for your table! Plenty to see/do
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMay 12, 2013
    Try the Chicken Hirata Buns - Amazing. Even better than the pork buns.
  • H Q.
    H QJanuary 10, 2013
    I like the flavor of their ramen..but I can't stand their broth. It's too thick and unctuous in the mouth. Broth should be lighter
  • Jocelyn L.
    Jocelyn LeavittJune 22, 2011
    Make sure you're getting the size noodles you want. This is the second time I mistakenly got the really thin noodles.
  • VI
    VIJune 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter what anyone says ippudo u have my little ramen heart forever!! Shishito peppers and my lychee martin. Sure there is a long wait- but everyone i have brought loves it!!
  • Sangria W.
    Sangria WDecember 14, 2012
    go early if you don't want to wait! try their pork bun and miso ramen with braised pork!!!!!!!!!! delish!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleSeptember 18, 2015
    Akamura ramen is excellent. A bit spicier than I would like though.
  • Amar B.
    Amar BDecember 5, 2015
    The Ramen is amazing, it rivals anything I have had in Japan.
  • James B.
    James BrownSeptember 24, 2016
    Akamauru Modern Ramen had the best broth I had at a Ramen place.
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨August 21, 2010
    The other tips don't lie. Amazing pork buns and ramen. Come at lunch (last call 3:30 pm on Sats), I barely waited 2 minutes. Not cheap though, and they make u pay $2 for their special hot sauce.
  • Maxim
    MaximFebruary 28, 2014
    The ramen are obviously amazing - but try the yuzu sake too!
  • Joris
    JorisJanuary 14, 2015
    Go solo. Get ramen within 15 minutes. Eat like a Japanese emperor. Great success!
  • Irakli B.
    Proper Ramen in NYC that serves traditional tonkotsu! Love this place!
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ramen is a must and so are the shisito peppers and pork belly buns.
  • E B.
    E BApril 18, 2011
    The green tea icecream look great! They also serve complementary hot tea at the end of the meal!
  • Stacy K.
    Stacy KimballMay 10, 2014
    Pork buns are the obvious move. Akamaru Modern ramen for the win. ✌️
  • ConBon
    ConBonDecember 27, 2011
    pork buns = yum. waiting 1hr+ = overrated ramen. non-asian waiters speak japanese = kinda hot.
  • Cam C.
    Cam CrossNovember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Dont ever ask them to give you one chicken and one pork bun for the Hirata appetizer option. They will tell you it's impossible, you'll ask why, and they'll say "because that's the way it is"
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanMarch 21, 2015
    Wide variety of ramen, but the pork dumplings are to die for.
  • infusia
    infusiaMay 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    skip the shoyu ramen and get the miso ramen or tori ramen (clear broth). the chicken wings, pork belly and pork buns are a must.
  • Art J.
    Art JalandoniDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like ramen, you'll LOVE this place. Just get here real early to avoid the lunch rush.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CSeptember 2, 2014
    Oh those pork buns! Grab a spot at the bar (if you can) and enjoy!
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeSeptember 19, 2016
    Akamaru ramen with spicy paste and a soft boiled egg!
  • Pearson L.
    Pearson LyverseJune 10, 2016
    Get the pork buns 100%. Their pork miso ramens are best.
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenJune 9, 2016
    Best ramen in new york...
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliJuly 3, 2012
    At lunch, add on the cod roe over rice. Extra umami, so tasty!
  • Lucu C.
    Lucu ChalmetonMarch 21, 2012
    Great ramen! Top in town. Steamed pork belly bum is also great
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SarohaJune 17, 2015
    Karaka Men for the win! The pork melts in your mouth. Delicious.
  • Brad P.
    Brad ParkJuly 11, 2013
    the akumaru modern is way too greasy/느끼해. Opt for something like kakara(?) The spicy one
  • Sapana K.
    Sapana KulkarniAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for fresh garlic to crush directly onto your noodles. You won't regret it.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMay 12, 2013
    Try the Gindara Saikyo Yaki - Grilled black cod with miso
  • Nipun S.
    Nipun SachdevOctober 3, 2014
    Hirata Buns, Shiromaru Hakata Classic Ramen, Akamaru Modern Ramen
  • Gerard M.
    Gerard McGearyJuly 6, 2012
    Go during lunchtime to avoid a long wait. Order the pork buns as an appetizer.
  • Andre R.
    Andre RibeiroJune 17, 2013
    Best ramen I've ever had. The pork buns are amazing as well.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McgonigalAugust 7, 2014
    Everything is good, get the bao bun appetizer.
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarJuly 1, 2012
    Try the Akamaru Modern Ramen - On this beautiful Sunday in NYC...let us say, "RAMEN!"
  • Xiaoni Z.
    Xiaoni ZhaoJanuary 16, 2016
    Amazing ramen. Loud music. Trendy decor. Usually long lines for dinners.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerSeptember 30
    during lunch time you can get in without a wait, and service is speedy
  • Eric N.
    Eric NingFebruary 12
    Incredible noodles and broth. Try the Akamaru Modern!
  • Makeda J.
    Makeda J.March 1, 2013
    This spot ia the shit...just go. If there's a wait get drinks on thr area!!!!
  • Nora M.
    Nora MooreSeptember 23, 2014
    Ramen is good. Broth is flavorful and porky without being too salty, noodles are tender and chewy, pork is not too fatty or salty and full of flavor.
  • c0uP
    c0uPNovember 28, 2016
    Has to be the best vegetarian ramen in town.
  • Rami H.
    Rami HaykalApril 30, 2016
    Worth the wait, add pork if need be to your ramen
  • Lina Y.
    Lina YehJuly 21
    Went on a Wednesday night and only had to wait 30 minutes! Pork belly buns are good but not amazing.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RoMay 21, 2015
    Everything is good but a must combo is the bun with ramen!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMay 12, 2013
    Try the Bbq Tonkotsu Ramen - Pulled pork and ramen, together at last. This is awesome.
  • Polina W.
    Polina WeitzDecember 10, 2016
    Awesome yellowtail carpaccio and great sweet pork buns
  • Evelyn G.
    Evelyn GMarch 24, 2010
    If you're a vegetarian, there's a veggie option off the menu - with wasabi broth! it's yummy and not heavy!
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicAugust 8, 2014
    You can't go wrong with pork buns and Akamaru ramen
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Ippudo serves up a stupidly good pork bun that quite literally melts in your mouth. Read more
  • Lu B.
    Lu BoutinJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ramen in the city, pork bun is amazingggggggg but hate the hours line ...
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinSeptember 26, 2010
    KILLER TIP FOR LOCALS: they don't take rezos over phone but avoid lines if u swing by at least 2 hrs in advance and they'll let you reserve any timeslots!
  • Niko P.
    Niko PelzSeptember 23, 2016
    Loved the pork buns! Try the modern ramen.
  • Richard J.
    Richard JhangNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the bar and grab some hirata buns and cold beer. Your typical 40-minute wait will shorten considerably.
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenOctober 12, 2012
    Show up around 10:30-11 on a weeknight if you want to avoid the lines
  • Sophia A.
    Sophia A. DelCidNovember 20, 2015
    Everything. This place is fantastic, they have something for everyone.
  • Joslyn H.
    Joslyn HansenOctober 28, 2016
    The classic pork buns are probably the best I've ever had.
  • Go V.
    Go VietnamvisaNovember 29, 2014
    I like food here. It is great; hence it is always crowded.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SMarch 16, 2012
    I don't know why everyone neglects the veggie buns. I'm telling you they're unbelievably great.
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best vegetarian ramen in NY. Thick and salty and wasabi spicy.
  • David C.
    David ChanMay 26, 2013
    I think the chicken buns are better than the pork belly. Never thought I'd say it
  • Laura V.
    Laura VignaleSeptember 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    For best ramen in NYC go to Ippudo and get the akamaru (prepared kata-men) and also get the Hirata Pork Buns!
  • Chanse A.
    Chanse ArringtonJune 13, 2011
    The best noodles around, but be sure to experiment with their appetizers as well Read more
  • DAMstyle
    DAMstyleFebruary 17, 2013
    The chicken wing app is delish, but you only get 3.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you come at least half an hour during peak hours. Come right when they open at 11 or between 2 - 4
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    Be prepared to wait in line. If you can, sit in the back. Less noisy. Every time a new person walks into the dinning room the chefs all shout "irasshai!" Read more
  • Camila P.
    Camila PeixeAugust 2, 2010
    Seriously, exactly the same quality as the Tokyo locations. Akamaru modern with an onsen tamago and extra buta kakuni, I'm brand new.
  • Brenda C.
    Brenda CiukSeptember 29, 2016
    Pork buns are a must. Ramen also really good!
  • John S.
    John SwordsAugust 8, 2014
    The ramen is some of the best in Manhattan. Not quite Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LolengMarch 23, 2010
    Some of the best ramen I've had outside of Japan. The pork buns are amazing too! Atmosphere is lively, mixed drinks are tasty. Read more
  • Bryn W.
    Bryn WearsJune 17, 2014
    Anything that includes an egg this perfect is worth eating
  • Makeda J.
    Makeda J.April 18, 2013
    Hands Down...the best fuckin' Ramen in New York!!!!! Awesome atmosphere too!!!! Most definately go!!
  • Will S.
    Will SchollMarch 8, 2016
    Delicious ramen, but the long wait and the cheesy vibe means I probably won't ever come back.
  • Marg1e
    Marg1eOctober 30, 2015
    Interesting, I think it's over rated. Long wait. Soup is ok. Noodle is ok. Service is very good compares to any ramen shop. 9.4 is too high I will rate around 8.5.
  • chicchaimono
    chicchaimonoDecember 15, 2011
    Best ramen shop in the United States. Try Akamaru Modern Ramen!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanAugust 14, 2014
    Yummy soups to be had here. Also get the pork buns
  • Wai F.
    Wai FongJanuary 15, 2012
    Be prepared to wait anywhere between 45 mins. - 1h 45 mins. Is it worth the wait? Debatable since it seems the quality is slipping.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniDecember 8, 2014
    The modern and the spicy ramen are both delicious
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MMay 14, 2011
    Show up at 4:30 or you'll be in the back of the line.
  • Santiago T.
    Santiago TenorioMay 13, 2012
    Try the Akamaru Modern Ramen - with kakuni (pork belly)
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    A few on the usually gracious server staff are rude today 3/29/12. Perhaps after a post-lunch break, they'll be ok at dinner. (I was asked repeatedly if I was done, even as those w/no food were not.)
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MillardDecember 9, 2014
    Everything was good. Get the paper buns and ribs for apps
  • Ana M.
    Ana MontesApril 26
    Los pork buns son un must para entrada, y el ramen es celestial
  • Alejandra G.
    Excelente sopa ramen. Muy buen ambiente y delicioso el sazón
  • Danith Y.
    Danith YongNovember 13, 2013
    Les ramens sont délicieux (~15$). Happy hours de 17h à 19h : 1 pinte achetèe, 1 offerte. Attention au moins 1h d'attente !
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