Crowds wait hours for the ramen noodles at Ippudo, the first American branch of the Japanese chain. Loyal patrons say it's all about the rich, pork-based broth—there is a vegetarian version available but it lacks the depth of flavor. Those really in the know, though, make sure to order sleeper-hit appetizers like the peppery chicken wings or pork buns. It's not a hole-in-the-wall ramen spot, so although a meal here is relatively inexpensive, it's not dirt-cheap. There's a newer Ippudo outpost in Midtown at 321 West 51st Street.