Ever see that Japanese film, Tampopo? The one about the couple who spent their time tramping from one ramen place to another, searching for the perfect noodle? I didn’t realize I, too, was on that quest until I tried Ippudo, and understood, for the first time, just how life-changing sublime ramen could be. That will sound hyperbolic until you try the silky soups here, made from the finest Berkshire pork and filled with toothsome noodles. The only shortcomings? I’m not the only one who feels this way, so the waits to get in average an hour and a half (go at lunch). It also is not the place for quiet conversation, as a full-throated Japanese greeting is hurled at each guest who enters.
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
321 West 51st St. (btw. Eighth and Ninth aves.)
Our Rating Neighborhood The Flatiron District, Union Square & Gramercy Park Hours Mon–Fri 11am–3:30pm and 5pm–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10:30pm Transportation Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to Union Square Phone 212/388-0088 Prices Main courses $15–$18 Cuisine Type Japanese Web site Ippudo NY Other Reservations not accepted. Also at 65 Fourth Ave (at 9th St.)
Map321 West 51st St. New York City
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