Japanese: Ichiraku Ramen Bar

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Whether I like it or not (and I’m leaning more towards the “not” side of the scale), it seems like summer is unofficially over.  Just today I checked the weather forecast for NYC, and we’re looking at 5 straight days of rain. Bummer.  While my umbrella and I played a losing battle of chicken against the weather on my walk home, I only wanted one thing – a toasty bowl of noodle soup (“Mmmmm, noodle soup” – brownie points to whoever came name that quote!).  Well, I suck at planning such things ahead because I had a cold gazpacho at home waiting for me. Smooth move.  BUT, this weather reminded me of a recent trip I made to Ichiraku Ramen Bar in the East Village.

It was a dreary rainy afternoon when I pulled up a chair to my window-side seat…

Ichiraku’s menu was quite extensive, with a myraid of ramen options to choose from:

But I first started with the Spicy Pork Bun, which features a tangy sauce, fresh cucumbers and scallions:

The spicy pork bun was well executed, with a warm soft bun, fresh veggies and perfectly season pork – the spiciness manifested more as a mouthfeel than a flavor. Delicious!

For my ramen selection, I went with the shoyu ramen per the waitress’ suggestion –  soy sauce flavored broth with grilled pork, bamboo shoots, boiled egg, seaweed, scallion, onion and ramen noodles.

The broth was flavorful without being too heavy; the pork slices were just the right amount of fattiness, and the egg was perfect – firm white, medium-cooked yolk.  The noodles were chewy and satisfying, and the seaweed and scallions completed this savory bowl.

I give Ichiraku a solid 2-apple rating – perfectly acceptable ramen and a fair price.  While it doesn’t compare to my old favorite Ippudo, Ichiraku is a great option if you don’t feel like waiting for an hour!

A consistent ramen choice in the East Village.

Ichiraku Ramen Bar

141 1st Ave. (btw St. Marks/9th St)



Have you had ramen before? What are your favorite toppings?

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  • Reply
    September 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    nothing like ramen on a rainy day! like you, ippudo reigns supreme in my mind for ramen, but good to know there are plenty of tasty choices out there!

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    September 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love ramen! There is a serious lack of good ramen places here in SF, but I think there are more popping up here and there. I agree that there’s nothing like a delicious bowl of noodles on a not-so-pleasant day!

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    September 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’ve never had real ramen before, but it looks delicious! As for gazpacho, I’m hoping I get to enjoy at least one more bowl before the warm days are really gone!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    September 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    That looks so comforting and delicious!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    September 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Ohhhh man. I’ve been craving ramen for a few weeks now, and this post just put me over the edge! Unfortunately, there aren’t any places that serve real ramen around here…so I shall live vicariously through your post. 🙂

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    September 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Ramen! Mmm, soup! I love a bowl of noodles on a rainy day. Totally could go for one today.

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    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I’ve never had real Ramen. I feel ashamed. I need to go to NY and get some!

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      September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Yes, you need to visit! 🙂

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    September 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Looks delish! I bet we pass each other by constantly on the street. I live a few blocks from there and yesterday I was losing a battle with the weather on my walk home too 🙂

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      September 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      We probably do! I’ll have to keep an eye out! 🙂

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    September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Well, the pork bun looks delicious! What is with this rain? I’m over it. And I would like the heat to stay a little bit longer…just a few more weeks of it please. 🙂

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    September 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    FRIENDS! I just watched that episode! Mmmm… Noodle Soup

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      September 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      YES!! I was waiting for someone to catch it! 🙂 Mmmm…Noodle Soup 😉

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    September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    mm Ramen. I’m glad I left NY after Irene and before the rain hit. Back to sunny California. Too bad I didn’t to try any ramen places there. Ippudo was on my list though, thanks to you, and remains on my list still.

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    Punctuation Mark
    September 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    i love those bowls!!! we used to have a place like this in miami but they mysteriously closed for no reason… can’t wait to go to NY again!

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    September 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    There is the little place here in Orlando, Florida called Little Saigon and I love their noodle bowls. They look just like the picture you showed! Your post is making me very hungry. I wonder if they have a South Beach Diet approved bowl I could try today. It’s raining today too so it would be very comforting…just like you described. Love your Blog!!

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      September 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂 Have a great day!

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    September 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Oh man, I LOVE ramen! I got into it in college when there was a great ramen house in my college town. A little weird, since the town is TINY, but man was it delicious. I’m on a quest for great ramen in my city now, but so far, nothing is 100% amazing. I’m having fun trying to find it though!

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    Dana Yoshimizu
    September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Oh that all sounds so yummy right now!
    I haven’t eaten lunch yet & I’m pretty hungry xD
    Now I’m craving ramen. haha


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    September 8, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I LOVE RAMEN. With a passion. 🙂
    Did you see the first issue of Lucky Peach, which is dedicated to ramen?

    I haven’t been to NY since 2009, I think it’s time for another trip so I can try all these great places you blog about.

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    September 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Ohhh my gosh! Looks absolutely delicious…

    I’ve never had a pork bun OR ramen (authentic OR the nasty cheap stuff college students eat, haha). Seriously. They are both things I want to try…if I could ever find a good place!

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