This sleek outpost of a Japanese ramen chain is packed mostly with Nippon natives who queue up for a taste of “Ramen King” Shigemi Kawahara’s tonkotsu—a pork-based broth. The house special, Akamaru Modern, is a smooth, buttery soup topped with scallions, cabbage, a slice of roasted pork and pleasantly elastic noodles. Avoid nonsoup dishes like the oily fried-chicken nuggets coated in a sweet batter. Long live the Ramen King—just don’t ask him to move beyond his specialty.
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin
|Venue name:||Ippudo NY|
65 Fourth Ave
|Cross street:||between 9th and 10th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–4pm, 5pm–1am; Sun 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V|