Ippudo

Ippudo

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • 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.
  • Tricia
    TriciaApril 12
    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!
  • 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
    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
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 6, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiJanuary 30, 2013
    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!
    Upvoted Jun 13
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    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
  • 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
  • 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 Jun 9
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CascinoSeptember 23, 2012
    Per the suggestion of a ramen and sake aficionado. If you can't stand the wait at this trendy spot, this is a great alternative. From his point of view the food is better and has great happy hr ...
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • 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)
  • belle
    belleJanuary 13, 2015
    best ramen and pork buns in new york! personally love the shiromaru hakata classic. just make sure to come early (especially on the weekend) because it fills up quickly.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ashley R.
    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 🍜
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownFebruary 22, 2015
    Level up your ramen with the pulled pork chashu topping (Shigureni). It comes on the side, but fire that deliciousness straight in on arrival!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FaustiniAugust 7, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 3, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Kindall H.
    Kindall H1 week ago
    Delicious sides and unbeatably authentic ramen. Saw many Japanese people here, which is always a good sign. Will be coming back again!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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