January 3, 2009
For my first meal in New York for 2009, I went to Ippudo NY on Fourth Avenue in Manhattan. Ippudo is suppose to serve some of the best Japanese ramen noodles in New York. I waited with some friends for over an hour (with a side trip to Momofuku Bakery) to be seated (full disclosure, we were a group of 8 so we needed one of only the two large square tables). The average wait was about 60 minutes, even for tables of two. We shared a a few orders of buns and chicken wings. The wings were hot, crispy and had a nice peppery taste. For ramen, I ordered the classic ramen noodle dish with egg, pork, vegetables and plenty of freshly made noodles. The broth was delicious - it had a silky texture with lots of flavor but not overly salty. If you eat the noodles before you finish the broth, you can ask the server for an extra serving for $2.00. Would I go back? Sure. Would I wait that long again? No. The food was very good, as well as the service but its hard to imagine waiting for more than an hour in New York for something to eat.