Location: 65 4th ave. (btw 9th & 10th)
Cost: Ramen costs vary – $14 Akamaru Modern
The cure for this horrid winter weather is to warm up with a hot soup in any possible occasion. It may come in the form of 2nd Ave deli’s matzo ball soup, BCD’s tofu soup, Noodletown’s wonton soup, but my personal favorite has to be Ippudo’s Akamaru Ramen. It’s too bad so many other New Yorkers feel the same way because on my last trip I got there at 9pm & had to wait an hour to get seats…crazy. The only thing that kept me waiting was the thought of slurping the majestic broth from that bright red bowl and having a good conversation with friend over a Sapporo draft.
Having tried some of the other Ramens and the horrendous appetizer (photo below), I would feel confident saying that the Akamaru is the sure bet and safe bet if you’re trying to decide which ramen to get. Akamaru Modern ramen has so much flavor that I literally have to finish every drop from the bowl. The other reason I feel like I have to get this ramen each time is that its different from the typical traditional ramen from other ramen joints. Not quite a miso broth, nor a shio but, a bit salty with a nice touch of spiciness.
Now that I have it out of system and out of my soup rotation, I can wait a while to return to the madness that is Ippudo…maybe when the weather gets warmer.