Fodor's Expert Review Ippudo

$$ East Village Japanese

Crowds wait hours for the ramen noodles at Ippudo, the first American branch of the famous Japanese chain. Loyal patrons say it's all about the rich pork-based broth (there is a vegetarian version available, though it lacks the depth of flavor), but those in the know order sleeper-hit appetizers like the peppery chicken wings or pork buns. There are two other locations in Midtown at 321 West 51st Street and 24 West 46th Street.

Japanese Lively Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

65 4th Ave.
New York, New York  10003, USA

212-388–0088

www.ippudony.com

Known For:
  • Heaping bowls of addictive ramen
  • Worthy appetizers
  • Classy but bustling atmosphere

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