Checked out Ippudo Westside for an early dinner — surprisingly, the wait was only about 45 minutes. (Much shorter than the two and a half hours that we waited a few years ago!) A friend and I grabbed a quick drink at a local bar and then headed over to Ippudo when they texted me that our table was ready. We already knew what we wanted: the Akamaru Modern (thin ramen noodles topped with Ippudo’s secret “Umami Dama” miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions and garlic oil). Haven’t had this dish in years… and it was just as amazing as I remembered! The broth is rich and comforting — it’s the epitome of umami — and the pork belly was silky and luscious (wish I had like, ten more pieces). So happy there are now two Ippudo locations!
Ippudo: 321 West 51st Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenue)