Shio ramen at Ivan Ramen
Vegetable tsukemen at Ivan Ramen
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Pork meatballs at Ivan Ramen
Crab mazemen at Okonomi
Soba maltagliati at Okonomi
Rabid food fetishists have been lining up at Smorgasburg for ramenburgers. But the strand-bun-and-patty combo isn’t the only dish pushing noodle boundaries. This fall, a pair of chefs up the ante on ramen noodles with much-anticipated restaurants.
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Ivan Orkin may have honed his craft in Japan, but the chef’s dishes don’t always adhere to tradition. Take the noodles—a custom blend of rye and wheat—featured in bowls like his signature shio, with a chicken-and-dashi broth, a Japanese sea-salt blend, pork belly and a six-minute egg. When the virtuoso opens his first stateside outpost, you’ll find more-outré dishes, like garlic-infused mazemen and pulled pork musubi. No phone yet.
Yuji Haraguchi isn’t exactly a fresh-faced newbie—he started introducing New Yorkers to mazemen at pop-ups in 2012. But when the self-trained toque finally opens his brick-and-mortar venture, he’ll show locals a new hybrid, remixing the ramen-ya with a tasting-menu restaurant. Haraguchi will man the six-seat counter with Roberta’s alum Tara Norvell, turning out East-meets-West creations (like uni ravioli and ramen crackers with bonito tartare) as part of a nightly changing chef’s menu. No phone yet.
Chef-owner Sung Park, who worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten, helms this modern French restaurant in Williamsburg. The seasonal menu takes inspiration from local produce as well as Park’s Korean heritage and French training. You might start the meal with the chef’s homemade kimchi ($5), grilled baguette topped with artichoke heart and saffron aioli ($11), oyster pancakes with kimchi, scallions and soy-sherry sauce ($13) or duck confit with organic greens and foie gras butter toast ($19). Entrees include Korean beef bourguignon with dates, shiitake mushrooms, horseradish and crushed potatoes ($27), a farro risotto with Swiss chard, mushrooms and white truffle oil ($21) and kimchi bouillabaisse with mussels, pollack, shrimp, scallops, fried tofu and rice gnocchi ($25). For a special occasion, you might want to reserve the seven-course tasting menu ($100)—just make sure to call the restaurant at least three days ahead of time.
Venue says: “We offer a 7 course seasonal chef's tasting menu every day for $100 /pp. Reserve by email to sit along our intimate kitchen counter.”