Japanese: Ippudo

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I’m a fairy impatient person.  I don’t like waiting and am a huge (HUGE!) fan of reservations.  One of the few foods that I will wait up to 90 minutes for is the Akamaru Modern ramen (above) at Ippudo.  Yes, it is that good.  What makes it worth the wait?  Where do I even begin…

Ippudo, a ramen chain imported from Japan a few years ago, offers a variety of ramen, appetizers, drinks and desserts.  But I am loyal to one bowl of noodles alone – the Akamaru Modern.  Featuring pork belly, cabbage, a medium-cooked soy egg, scallions, chewy, springy noodles, garlic oil and “special sauce” – the broth is a study in umami.  I am jealous of others slurping out of the bright red bowl, even though I know my own will be placed before me in a few minutes time.  I plan my Ippudo trips days in advance and look forward to my Modern.  I pick less-busy days from work so I can go to Ippudo early.  Sounds crazy – all this for a bowl of noodles?  You’ll understand once you’ve tried the Modern.

Enough about the Modern though – you’ll just have to try it for yourself!  Ippudo also offers a variety of appetizers.  I’m a fan of the hirata buns – steamed pork buns with sweet/spicy sauce.  This time, my eating buddy and I tried something new – the tori karaage.  A crispy fried chicken dish accompanied by chili and mayo dipping sauces, we couldn’t go wrong.  Fried? Mayo? Sign me up.

And for those who want to try a different ramen selection (who are you??), the classic offers a milder alternative.  Less garlicky and decidedly milder, I’d suggest the classic if you want to go easy on your taste buds.  But really, get the Modern.

The wait is long.  I’m pretty sure the hostesses hate me (I’m a “How much longer is the wait?” customer. I’m impatient, remember?). But I will keep returning as long as the best bowl of ramen in NYC awaits me.

Worth the (really long) wait!

65 4th Ave. (at 10th St.)

What’s your favorite noodle dish?

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    October 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    unnnnngh. me loves the modern. the first time i went to ippudo i also got the classic (b/c it's called classic, it has to be good!) it was good but i wasn't jumping up and down or anything. went back a second time and had the modern. OMG.

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    October 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious. I love ramen, and the Modern seems amazingly worth the wait.

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    October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    If I'm ever in New York again, maybe the Modern is the ramen that will finally convince me that ramen is actually good.

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      March 9, 2017 at 4:02 am

      uts:you are a liari do not worship even half of hocaia!whmbh half disses you and your jobless homeless starving hobama nazis most???

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    October 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    If it's as good as you make it sound, I'm sure it's worth the long wait. I'm a huge fan of garlic, I'd have to go with the traditional ramen.

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    honey my heart
    October 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    it looks delicious. i love that it is perfect ramen weather right now 🙂

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    Charlene @ Sweetchic
    October 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I wish I wish I wish I could slurp down that bowl of ramen! SO jealous right now…

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    October 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

    i wasn't sure if ippudo would live up to the hype and those long lines, but hell it really does. thanks for all these yummy pictures!

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    October 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

    You had me at noodles and garlic oil 😉 The modern looks amazing!

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    October 20, 2010 at 3:23 am

    hey have you tried hidechan? a worthy contender to ippudo!

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    October 20, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Ivester, I'll add it to my list! 🙂

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    October 21, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Hard to improve upon perfection, but it's even better (and cheaper) in Japan!

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    October 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Amanda, I'm sure!! I'd love to try the real thing in Japan! 🙂

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    October 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Gahhhh I want the Modern…NOW! I've never actually had ramen before…gasp!!!!

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    January 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Ohh how I miss you Ippudo. I must have ate there 30 times during my month long trip to Japan. I was so lucky to have stumbled upon it early in my trip. I went to over 15 different Ippudo's each usually had their own special version or twist. Tao Ippudo in the area of Yoyogi had a slightly different version of the Akamaru Modern…and it was even better.

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    April 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    this place is off the hook.. my favorite resturant in NYC… the pork buns are crack and the Modern is incredible… there is another Ramen I had once there the bartender recomended to me i forget the name of it but it was based in Miso soup it was really good

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