Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Behrad Eats
    "The Spicy Red Chili Ramen is one of the best ramens you'll have!"(15 Tips)
    Michael G.
    "The fully loaded spicy ramen is very tasty, but it is certainly hot."(26 Tips)
    Micah M.
    "Broth and the rye noodles are delicious, but don't go in a hurry."(12 Tips)
    Jacob G.
    "Get the tofu, pork buns and Tokyo shio ramen with roasted tomatoes."(11 Tips)
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  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsNovember 22, 2015
    The Spicy Red Chili Ramen is one of the best ramens you'll have! Dashi + chicken broth, minced pork, smashed egg, rye noodle and fully loaded with egg, pork chashu, & roast tomato.
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanOctober 6, 2014
    Finally tried the famous ivan ramen... Unlike other places they use rye noodles. I tried the spiciest.one they had on the menu. Delicious. Can't wait to come back and try some more.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 14, 2014
    From Ryan Sutton's 2 star review: "Orkin slays you with shio or shoyu ramen just as much as with that garlic mazemen, a flavor so distinctive it should have the same trademark protection as a Cronut." Read more
  • Valerie P.
    Valerie PetrovOctober 14, 2014
    Wonderful! I had the triple pork triple garlic mazemen ramen with an added egg yesterday, and I'm still thinking about it. Will be back often to try everything else!!!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the breakfast ramen if you're looking for something new, only available for brunch on the weekends. It's a heavier ramen in a cheddar sauce with bacon and egg slices.
  • J L.
    J LAugust 13, 2014
    Delicious ramen and apps. The Tofu Coney Island is great. JFK is just ok even for offal seekers. The spicy ramen is a must for heat seekers and works with the Ivan Palmer.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I know the main attraction is the ramen, but get a 1000 year deviled egg; it's fantastic (and cheap!). and for vegetarians, the veggie ramen is delicious. also, can't go wrong with the dry bizen sake.
  • Victoria K.
    Victoria KuDecember 3, 2017
    We had the Shio ramen with the roasted tomato & the spicy one. The shio broth was so delicious and the spicy one, you felt the kick as soon as you sipped it. Would definitely go again &try the rest.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJune 13, 2017
    Tofu Coney Island is a dish inspired by the sloppy chili-dogs of Coney Island fame. It's basically cubes of freshly fried tofu topped with a miso mushroom chili, yellow mustard, onions and scallions. Read more
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaDecember 4, 2017
    The Spicy Red Chili ramen has a great spice level and unique flavors. I’d say in top 10 NYC ramen 🍜 and bonus points for the restaurant itself being super cute
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    At Ivan Ramen, Orkin's hottest selection is the spicy red chile ramen. The crimson-hued broth is flavored with dashi and chicken broth, then filled with minced pork, rye noodles, and a smashed egg.
  • Kino
    KinoOctober 10, 2014
    Tokyo's Ivan Orkin's 2nd NYC ramen joint. Pickled Daikon was good w/ its XO sauce topping. Triple Garlic Mazemen, Kewpie Mayo, & Ankimo Fried Rice were okay. I recommend sitting in the back courtyard.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MulcroneMarch 19, 2016
    Best ramen spot in the city if you ask me. Check availability via OpenTable. Spicy chili ramen will clean you out and you'll enjoy every minute of it. Super fast service but super cool, chill vibes.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    Exceptional ramen. I love a spicy ramen and this place brings the best I have had outside of Japan. Cool patio in the back.Lots of other yummy sides. The Herbies International sandwich is great too.
  • Fouad E.
    Fouad ElAmirApril 25, 2017
    Ivan and his team, are a master at their craft. They take their ramen seriously, and so should you. So when they tell you to soak the mushrooms, you do it.
  • rich m.
    rich masioAugust 9, 2015
    The spicy chile had crushed eggs and pork with the perfect amount of heat but the rye noodles were perhaps the best noodle I've ever had
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RellaAugust 15, 2017
    Grab a seat on the patio outside. Japanese fried chicken with ranch dressing is untraditional but a must. The chicken paitan is hands down my favourite ramen dish.
  • naveen
    naveenJune 3, 2015
    the breakfast ramen is delicious, but might be too much for just one person, so order that up as the 'table ramen' and share it with your crew.
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    Chef Ivan Orkin has a fastidious, if highly personal, approach to ramen. You can taste the obsession in the bowl’s thin rye noodles and perfectly cooked egg. Read more
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeMarch 3, 2017
    I don't want to compare Ivan Ramen w/ others (diehard Ippudo fan here) bc it tastes different. In a good way. The spicy red chili ramen w/ added roasted tomato was tasty. Great chew to the noodles.
  • David R.
    David RiordanDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is a surprise and delight; clearly obsessed over. Coney Island tofu is a standout starter and chicken confit ramen is basically the best chicken noodle soup you'll ever have.
  • Marc
    MarcMay 13, 2014
    Tasting Table: "Ivan Orkin, who perfected his noodle and broth game in Japan, finally opens a ramen-ya on the Lower East Side. There are dry and soupy styles, along with plenty of small plates."
  • Bob R.
    Bob RutledgeAugust 6, 2014
    Rec'd by NYTimes: Pickled daikon XO; Chinese broccoli & garlic; pork meatballs; JFC; Tofu Coney Island; roast pork musubi; triple pork/garlic mazemen; vegetarian shoyu ramen; spicy red chile ramen.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMarch 26, 2015
    While not your typical broth-y ramen, the triple garlic triple pork mazemen is UNREAL. Mix it up before you dive in and it's umami to the max.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 13, 2014
    Ramen and then deep-fried chicken livers and hearts, a Caesar riff with tofu dressing and anchovy-Parmesan fricos, fried tofu with a veggie-chili-dog topping, and the Lancaster okonomiyaki.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezMarch 9, 2017
    Their pork belly add on topping is huge. Not to mention grilled to perfection. A must for any ramen dish you order. Roasted tomato add on topping is also a new flavor to try out.
  • Youssof M.
    Youssof MalApril 18, 2017
    Spicy Chili Ramen. Brilliant. Drank all the broth. The rye noodles are a unique twist. We were also served their take on Chili Cheese fries, fried soft tofu with bean chili.
  • Erika G.
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    Shoyu is ver delicious but so is the spicy ramen. I first tried Ivan at Gotham West Market, and it has become one of my favorites ever since. The egg is a must.
  • Asher F.
    Asher FuscoAugust 16, 2014
    Creative ramen creations in an eclectic space. Even the Vegetarian Ramen is -- if not the city's best bargain -- bold, rich and memorable. Start with the Chinese Broccoli & Garlic.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the JFC, Tofu Coney Island to start, then hit it with either the triple pork triple garlic mazemen or Tokyo shio ramen.
  • Quan N.
    Quan NguyenNovember 23, 2014
    They text you if there's a wait, so nearby bars are great options. The shio, shoyu, and spicy chilli, ramens are great. Solid broth and noodles in all of them.
  • Get My Grub On! w.
    My friends didn't agree but I loved my shoyu ramen. The cold ramen and creative and brilliant smoked meat buns were awesome too.
  • Eli S.
    Eli ShowalterApril 5, 2015
    I've never had dandan mien at a ramen joint before, but it was really good! The noodles are really what set this place off, right about bounce and chewiness. Friendly staff too!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteilenJanuary 19, 2016
    Pickled daikon and pork meatballs were great starters for two people. The spicy red chili ramen is delicious - not too hot either. Pleasant and knowledgable service.
  • Doris F.
    Doris FongJune 7, 2014
    Pickled daikon, pork meatballs and kewpie ebi. Triple pork triple garlic mazemen for the win!! & Yuzu lemonade to sip down with it 😋
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaOctober 21, 2017
    The triple pork triple garlic is a must try. Very different type of ramen, with very little broth but explosions of flavor!
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenFebruary 6, 2016
    Get the tofu Coney Island starter that everyone talks about. It's worth it. Ramen as well as device was great too.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChadwickFebruary 7, 2015
    They take reservations! The pork ribs are amazing especially to share with a few people. The saki toddy was sweet and warm.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LoganDecember 14, 2017
    This place is definilty worth a visit. Great traditional ramen AND interesting "American" ramen dishes. The fried chicken is bonkers good. Funky, hip decorations too.
  • Eileen
    EileenFebruary 10
    Spicy red chili ramen was good but the soup was too viscous/salty at the end. I'd have preferred normal ramen noodles over the rye noodlesChicken paitan was good. Add the roasted tomato topping! 
  • Cassidy
    CassidySeptember 19, 2014
    tofu Coney Island was overrated but holy god I could eat my body weight in those meatballs. cheese and garlic ramens especially excellent.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangOctober 26, 2014
    The Yuzu Lemonade is refreshing! Get the Kewpie Ebi as an appetizer. I tried the Triple Pork Triple Garlic Mazemen fully loaded. It was alright. The roasted tomato was good.
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜December 22, 2014
    New menu item! Get the Dan Dan noodles. I know you are here for ramen but if someone else at your table gets them and you don't you will regret it.
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupSeptember 21, 2015
    Love this place! Great ramen, triple pork & triple garlic is my fave. The spicy ramen is also a hit.
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazFebruary 20, 2017
    The vegetarian/vegan ramen option is delicious. A dark broth and so many flavours, the tofu blew my mind.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinApril 2, 2016
    Got latke app, was good but the roe was too big for me and strong dill taste. Shoyu was tasty, really love the rye noodles. Friendly staff
  • Prad N.
    Prad NelluruJune 11, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken paitan is rich, but not overpowering. Get this if you want something less spicy. Make sure to add the roasted tomatoes; it's mandatory.
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenAugust 16, 2014
    Creative ramen. The chilled lemon shio is really refreshing. Portions are on the small side. Worth a try!
  • Daniel W.
    Start with pickels and fungi tempura and finish with The Spicy Red Chili ramen 🍜 - it‘s hot & delicious!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoMay 14, 2015
    Ivan Orkin's approach to ramen can result in several hit or miss dishes, but the Spicy Red Chile Ramen and the takoyaki-inspired pork meatballs are sure to please.
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