Ippudo NY opened its West 51st Street location this Monday, and I was there. I was surprised there were no long lines for opening night.
The restaurant has a bar in the front room and a large, communal table in the main dining room. We were seated at a table in the traditional dining area. I like the modern and clean feel of the white and reddish-orange chairs and booths against the wood grain and brick.
The menu has a large number of appetizers along with a lengthy listing of sake. I just wanted to try the ramen. I went with the classic ramen since it was my first time having pork-based broth–and added the egg.
I thought it was delicious, simple yet flavorful.
My friend opted for the spicy ramen, a dish she also enjoyed very much.