First Rule of Ippudo NY - Do not eat anything within five hours of going (trust me).
Second Rule of Ippudo NY - Try to keep your beverage consumption to a minimum (every time I leave, I feel like I'm 10 months pregnant)
Third Rule of Ippudo NY - If you don't want to wait over an hour for the best ramen and pork buns in NYC (sorry David Chang), then come at lunch time.
Every time I come here, it is an absolute pork fest. When you are ushered into the dining room, you are greeted by the entire staff in unison. Its great when you can go somewhere and order without even looking at the menu. Here is what you should order when you go:
- Samurai Ribs
- Hirata Buns
- Akamaru Modern Ramen with the following extras: Kakuni (pork belly) and Nitamago (soft boiled egg)
Just take a deep breath, enjoy, and remember to limit your beverage consumption so you have enough room for their amazing broth. If you still have space, you can order more noodles by banging your fist as hard as you can on the table and screaming: "KAE-DAMA!" =)