Ippudo is still the best ramen I’ve had…ever and anywhere, and is absolutely worth the sometimes 2 hour wait! Of course, I recognize this is my personal taste, but the NY version has all my favorite things on top of the beautiful presentation there’s always a few different bits in the bowl no matter what you order. I actually went to two different Ippudos in Japan, but the NY version is my hands down favorite.
My go-tos are the vegetarian and the miso ramens. The vegetarian ramen comes with a clear intense broth with tofu and scallion, and the miso ramen comes with the soft broiled egg and pork belly. Yum yum yum, and be sure to order the kae-dama (a 2nd round of noodles to refill your broth). Compared to the sweet broth at Terakawa or the mediocre ones in midtown, if you are vegetarian and about to give up on the pork-broth-only restaurants, get ready!
The noodles will be different depending on which type of broth you order, so if you are into noodles, get your friends to order different broths! As for everything else, it’s all great. The shishito peppers and karaage are as delicious as any other.
They don’t take reservations, but you can call ahead to gauge how long it’ll be until you get a table. Put your name down and walk around the corner for some Sundaes and Cones.