Ippudo Westside

Restaurants, Japanese Hell's Kitchen
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Shigemi Kawahara unleashes the much-anticipated midtown location of his überpopular ramen chain, joining 65 Japanese outlets and 22 international offshoots. The noodle spot features fifteen fewer stools than its 80-seat East Village sibling, but offers a bulked-up menu. At the teakwood counter, ramen master Fumihiro Kanegae serves Ippudo's silky tonkotsu varieties—spicy karaka-men, miso-laced akamaru—made with dashi (bonito-and-kombu-based broth) for extra-briny depth. Appetizers including sea urchin on torched bread and crab-avocado wontons are location specials, along with a shojin (seasonal, vegan and gluten-free) ramen. In addition to sake, you can quench your thirst with a Brooklyn Brewery Kaedama Ale, a russet-hued Belgian number crafted exclusively for the restaurant.


Venue name: Ippudo Westside
Address: 321 W 51st St
New York
Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–3:30pm, 5–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am–3:30pm, 5pm–12:30am; Sun 11am–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: C, E to 50th St
Price: Average ramen: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Chloe W

One of the best spots to have ramen in NYC! I love coming here for lunch and am always incredibly grateful when there's no line.  If you're new to ramen, the classic shiromaru hakata is a great newbie option. If you're ready to dive in headfirst, the akamaru modern with pork buns can't be beat. When the staff comes back and offers kae-dama, say yes! There's plenty of broth in the bowl for another serving of noodles and you'll be cheered by the restaurant for upping your order.

Maria M

One of the best restaurants in NYC with amazing food! This place doesn't take reservations, so make sure if you're coming either on a weeknight or early on a weekend. I came about a half hour before it opened on a Saturday and was still in a little bit of a line. When you walk into the restaurant, you're greeted by some welcome chants, which is definitely unique. You can sit either around this communal table or in a normal dining set-up. This place has the best pork buns I've ever had, so make sure to try that! There is also a variety of ramen options to choose from so you won't feel limited.