On Saturday, February 16th my boyfriend and I went to our favorite ramen noodle restaurant, Ippudo! These are our thoughts on the restaurant and the plates we shared.


While waiting to be seated, my boyfriend and I each had a drink at the bar.  I had the Maiko (Sake, Cassis, Cranberry Juice) which was a sweet drink with a berry and citrus flavor.  And he had the Hakata (Sake, Gin, Lemon Grapefruit Juice) which he described as strong and refreshing.

Ippudo Maiko
Ippudo Hakata
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We also shared the Tako Wasabi (not pictured) and the Pork Hirata Buns.  The Tako Wasabi is raw baby octopus served in a wasabi sauce.  It has a chewy texture with the spice of wasabi.  The Pork Hirata Buns are my absolute favorite things to get at Ippudo.  Everytime I'm in New York City I make it a point to stop by just for those!  The buns are soft and steamed with braised pork, a Japanese mayonnaise and lettuce.  The buns have a sweet flavor.

Ippudo Pork Buns

After we were seated, we ordered some more appetizers.  Yamitsuki Goma Kyuri is a Japanese cucumber with a sesame oil sauce.  The cucumber dish was very refreshing.  It was a light, salty starter appetizer.  EbiKawari-Age is fried shrimp served with a scallion sauce.  The shrimp was also light and came with a wasabi powder.  This was another sweet and salty starter dish.

Ippudo Cucumber
Ippudo Shrimp
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Before we received our noodle bowls, one of the servers asked us if we wanted to try a tuna dish.  I believe it's called the Maguro Tartar.  The dish presentation was very beautiful.  The fresh tuna was topped with avocado, cucumber and garnished with seeds.  It came with endive to scoop the tuna into.  This dish was light, the bitter endive was contrasted with the mild flavors from the tuna and avocado.

Ippudo Tuna

After all of this food, we finally got our noodle bowls.  I got the Kogashi Miso Ramen, while my boyfriend got the Karaka Kogashi Miso Ramen (which is the spicier version of mine with a few more toppings).  Both of these were the daily specials.  They both came with pork, a thick broth and were topped with arugula.  I found the spice in my boyfriends noodles moderate yet sweet.  As all of the other noodle dishes I've tried at Ippudo, these were both delicious!

Ippudo Noodles 1
Ippudo Noodles 2
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Prices: Drinks are $8 - 12.  Noodles are $15 - 20.

Atmosphere: I would describe Ippudo as a trendy hot spot with a fun, active atmosphere.  It has an urban hipster feel and a fairly young, 20 - 30 year old crowd.  The restaurant is dimly lit with a loud noise level.  As you walk into the sitting room the servers welcome you by shouting various Japanese phrases.

Other Info: Be prepared to wait 30 - 90 minutes before you're seated.  When you are seated you will most likely be at a table with other groups, most of the tables seat 6 - 8 people.  The restaurant also features an open kitchen so you can see the chefs preparing your food.

Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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