On a cold, rainy, New York City, day, a hot bowl of ramen is necessary. Ippudo is my favorite place to go.
As you enter the Japanese modern styled restaurant, the entire staff is shouting “Irrashai, irrashai.” I usually get the “Classic” with a soft boiled egg. The Hirata tonkotsu (pork) broth is rich with umami. I also recommend the “Akamaru Modern” which has miso and garlic oil in it. An order of ramen fills me up. But, if you are really hungry, for $2 extra, they will top off your leftover broth with another portion of noodles. Downstairs you can watch the people making the noodles by hand. The “Hirata Buns” are morsels sent to us from the Gods. The sweet fluffy bun cradles the perfectly cooked pork belly that sits in Ippudo’s original spicy sauce and mayo.
While I love Ippudo, the wait to be seated is often long so I recommend putting your name down and then walking a few blocks south to Lafayette to Screaming Mimi’s. Screaming Mimi’s is a quirky thrift store that organizes their clothes by decade. It’s been around since 1978. But watch the time because if you love clothes as much as I do you may miss your table.
65 4th Avenue between 9th and 10th St (there’s also another one on the Westside now)
Screaming Mimi’s www.screamingmimis.com
382 Lafayette Street between 4th and Great Jones