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’s 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 legendry 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 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 on New York’s Lower East side.
There was no thinking but to visit the flagship restaurant Ivan Ramen at Clinton Street a rather quaint neighborhood. 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 Ivan Ramen 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 with the appetizer averaging at $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 only wishing you had more space in your belly to have some more.
After sampling the perfect Boa I moved onto the highly recommended and signature Chicken Ramen and what a burst of flavours. You have to taste it to experience the magic of Ivan Ramen.
Ivan’s Story is that of a true legend. Against all odds and a few ups and downs in his personal life he 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 to open his first restaurant, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at the Gotham West to huge crowds and critical acclaim. It was followed by opening of his flagship Ivan Ramen at Clinton Street and there is no looking back. Both the restaurants continues to enjoy critical acclaim and have been mentioned in countless magazines, websites, blogs, and television programs. In 2017 the restaurant was featured on the much famous Netflix series Chefs Table which elevated Ivan in the company of some of the world’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs.Ivan is widely recognized as the American authority on ramen and all things Japanese.
You can read his full story on his site Ivan Ramen.
Being a big fan of Ramen 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 is very affordable and 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? Simply because ramen is served hot and when you slurp the noodles, it cools it down and allows you enjoy the ramen and all its flavours.