Crowds wait hours for the ramen noodles at Ippudo, the first American branch of the Japanese chain, and if you ask, loyal patrons will 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 the sleeper hit appetizers like the peppery chicken wings or the 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 new Ippudo outpost in Midtown at 321 W. 51st St.