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Hakata Ippudo

Map & Directions 65 Fourth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
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212-388-0088
  • Japanese
  • Sun 11am-10:30pm, Mon-Sat 11am-3:30pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12:30am
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Beer, Full bar, Wine
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • No Parking, Street

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Village Voice's Description

This new contender for the East Village ramen crown is the first NYC branch of a well-loved Japanese chain. While Setagaya, a fellow import, is known for its salt-based broth, Ippudo traffics in tonkotsu, a long-simmered pork stock. The basic shiromaru ramen has a serious, substantial broth. It's the color of milky tea, and deeply porky. The ramen is ultra thin, like angel hair, and delicately wheaty. When the bowl arrives, the noodles have a nice chewy bite, but they get softer as they sit in the broth, so it's best to slurp them up speedily. Toppings are basic: black
mushrooms, stewed pork belly, cabbage, scallions. It's all about the broth and the noodles, and there are only three varieties to choose from. 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. But don't get the pickles;a bowl full of seasoned rice vinegar with a few measly sticks of bell pepper, carrot and radish bobbing within.

 
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Tips from foursquare

  • Concert Ticket Agency on 09/26/12

    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.

  • 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.

  • The New York Times on 02/23/11

    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.

  • Eater on 01/11/12

    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]

  • Noah W. on 02/02/11

    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.

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