Ivan Ramen – When you think of the New York food landscape what comes to mind is pizza, bagels, pastrami, cheesecake, buffalo wings. But there is something else that took my fancy on my last trip to the Big Apple, Ramen.
After watching it on Chefs Table on Netflix I could not wait to get to New York and try the much talked about ramen shop run by Ivan Orkin – Ivan Ramen
Ivan Ramen is the place to be if you want to try out one of the best ramen outside Japan and a must visit when in New York.
The legendary chef self-described as the Jewish kid born in Long Island with the Head of a white Jewish guy and the heart of a Japanese running ramen shops in Tokyo and New York.
The Ramen Shop
There are 2 restaurants of Ivan Orkin in New York. His first venture in the US, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at the Gotham West Market and his flagship, Ivan Ramen at Clinton Street in Lower East side.
There was no thinking but to visit the flagship restaurant Ivan Ramen at Clinton Street a rather quaint neighbourhood.
It is a reasonably small restaurant with a lively and casual atmosphere.
Make sure to book in advance.I had high expectations and I must say the food definitely lived up to it.
We managed to get a booking for lunch and wondered down to get our share of some of the most talked about ramen.
We were welcomed by the very hospitable staff who seated us on the table and gave us a short tour of the menu and a few recommendations.
There is a good choice of starters and mains with a vegetarian option as well. The staff are helpful and they are happy to change some of the dishes as per your dietary requirements but its best left to the master’s original recipe.
I must say that the restaurant is priced very reasonably. The average price of an appetizer is around $10 and the Ramen between $15 – $20. I must say that all the dishes are flavored to perfection and the portions are a good size . You can only wish you had more space in your belly to have some more slurp.
After sampling the perfect Boa I moved to the signature Chicken Ramen and what a burst of flavors.
You have to taste it to experience the magic.
Ivan’ Story –
Ivan’s Story is that of a true legend. Against all odds and a few ups and downs in his personal life Ivan established one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo. Being a foreigner where ramen is a cult and home to some of the best chef’s.
After his success in Japan Ivan returned to New York in 2013. He opened his first restaurant. Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at the Gotham West opened its doors to huge crowds and critical acclaim.
This was followed by the opening of his flagship store at Clinton Street and there is was no looking back.
Both restaurants continue to enjoy critical acclaim and mentioned in countless magazines, websites, blogs, and television programs.
In 2017 the restaurant featured on the famous Netflix series, Chefs Table.
This elevated Ivan in the company of some of the world’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs.
Ivan is widely recognised as the American authority on ramen and all things Japanese.
You can read his full story on his site Ivan Ramen
Overall – Visit Ivan Ramen – For the best ramen in New York
Being a Ramen fan I could not have asked for a better place for the perfect Ramen.
- The Restaurant itself is very casual with welcoming staff and a lively atmosphere.
- The Food is to die for full of flavours very high quality.
- The Price – Very affordable keeping in mind how famous it has become they could charge a bomb.
- The Portions – Large portions for the price they charge.
- Can’t wait to return to Ivan Ramen and a must visit if you are in New York.
Why slurp your ramen? Ramen is served hot and when you slurp the noodles, it cools it down and allows you enjoy the ramen and all its flavours.
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