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Dinner: Ramen Takumi

Ramen Takumi on University Place has an average rating on Yelp, but I really liked the salt- and soy-based ramen I’ve had here.  Admittedly, I don’t know much about ramen to know what’s authentic.

I’ve had the Konbu seaweed and shiitake mushroom-based broth ramen at Totto Ramen and the pork-based broth ramen at Ippudo NY, and they were both very good.  However, my taste gravitates toward the salt broth at Ramen Takumi.

I like the croquettes appetizer.  The menu doesn’t say it’s vegetarian, but it has potato and peas inside.

My friend got the Oyako-Don–chopped chicken over rice topped with organic raw egg.

On this visit, I got the Shio Ramen–natural salt flavored broth with two slices of pork, bamboo shoots, salt flavored egg, seaweed, scallion, scallop powder and noodle, pictured below.  (Previously, I got the Syo-Yu Ramen–soy sauce flavored broth with two sides of pod; bamboo shoots, soy sauce flavored egg, seaweed, scallion, onion and noodle.)



Dinner: Ippudo NY

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.

classic ramen

I thought it was delicious, simple yet flavorful.
My friend opted for the spicy ramen, a dish she also enjoyed very much.

spicy ramen
I look forward to returning to Ippudo to try the tapas and more ramen.

Weekend Whets 6/7

3rd Annual Summer Spit BBQ, Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Garden at Studio Square NYC, Long Island City, Queens:  Unlimited BBQ by Chef David Burke.  Menu features whole hog on a spit, pulled pork, pork belly and peach doughnuts.  Tickets $60-$95.

34th Annual New York Mississippi Picnic, Saturday, June 8, 2013, noon to 6 p.m., Central Park:  Catfish lunches, artists and music to celebrate Mississippi.

11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Saturday, June 8, 2013 and Sunday, June 9, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan:  Sample barbecue from pitmasters around the country, including Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Nevada, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and New York City.  Admission is free.  $9 a plate.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side:  A block party celebrating Chinese and Jewish cultures with food, games, music, art and more.  Free.

BBQ Blowout, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Good Co., Brooklyn:  Chef Dale Talde will serve his bbq with beer from Brooklyn Brewery and music from DJ TODD.

A Moveable Feast, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 101 West 15th Street, Manhattan: Apartment hop in the Stonehenge building trying gourmet bites at this James Beard Greens (foodies under 40) event.  Tickets $95 non-members.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Summer Pairings with Beer, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A tasting of light beers and the cheeses that go with them.  Tickets $20.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

Weekend Whets 5/10

The Porktacular Dinner, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn:  Chopsticks or a Fork chef and owner hosts a dinner.  $52.

Frites and Fries with Leonard Lopate, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7 p.m., The Cooper Union–Great Hall, Manhattan:  Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin and Eric Ripert chat with WNYC’s James Beard Award-winning host, Leonard Lopate about food and restaurant culture of France and the United States.  Tickets are $30.

The Prophets of Smoked Meat + Delaney Barbecue: Books, Booze, and Brisket!, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn:  Daniel Vaughn, Anthony Bourdain and Delaney BBQ host a night of smoked meat, bourbon and western swing.

North Brooklyn Takes the Cake, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6 p.m., The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn:  A cupcake bakeoff!  Tickets are $15.

40th Annual Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013, Noon to 5 p.m., Ninth Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets, Manhattan:  A celebration of the diverse restaurants on this strip.

The Sweet Escape:  New Jersey Confection and Dessert Tasting Expo, Sunday, May 19, 2013, The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, NJ:  Sample tastings from the state’s bakeries, pastry chefs and sweet shops.  Tickets $65.

Gluttony:  Deconstructing Dinner, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, Manhattan:  Part of a series on science and the deadly sins.  Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, and Dwight Eschliman, photographer of Foodstuff, discuss ingredients in popular processed foods.  $15-$25.

Meat Hooked!, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m., BLDG 92 , Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, 63 Flushing Ave (at Carlton), Brooklyn:  Gotham Center Director Suzanne Wasserman’s new film, a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering in and around New York.  $8/$5 members.


I finally made it to Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food festival on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Smorgasburg is not exactly what I thought it would be.  I thought there would be food purveyors more like the market near South Street Seaport with foods and goods that you take home, but it’s more like a food court with stands of Indian street food, ramen, banh mi, smoked meats, grilled cheese and more.  I got a Bolivian pork sandwich and soda from La Casa de Camba.

Bolivian pork sandwich

The colorful stand was a fun spot with lively music playing and a bar on the side for patrons to sit.  The pork sandwich was very good.  I got mine mild, as I’m not a fan of spice, but it came in mild, medium and spicy.  The soda was refreshing.

Bolivian soda

A gruyere grilled cheese from Milk Truck:

Milk Truck grilled cheese

I did pick up some creative jam, grapefruit with smoked salt, from Anarchy in a Jar:

jam and marmalade

Weekend Whets

Pig Island, Saturday, September 1, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Colonel’s Row, Governor’s Island, New York:  This event features pork creations by 25 local chefs using pigs from local farms.  Check out the list of specific menu items.  General admission tickets are $85.