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.
Location: 116 East 16th Street (Btw Park Ave & Irving Pl.)
Price: $13 for burger & beer combo
So the quest for perfect burger never seems to stop in this crazy city. Seems like there’s a new great burger waiting to come out every other month to reign supreme. Although I have yet to claim my personal thoughts on the best burger in the city and yet still many more burger to try (Luger’s, Bill’s, Little Owl, etc etc) I had to knock off one place on my list: Irving Mill. I heard about their Monday $13 burger & beer combo a while back and was waiting to go on a particularly miserable Monday to cheer me up. The restaurant is very nice on the inside with dim lights, nice interior finishes, & ample seating everywhere. There is bar seating which is bonus for quick bite and the bar had a nice selection of draft beer for our combo. Mike, they have Palm Ale. I got the mother’s milk stout beer which was like a “better” Guinness.
When the burger came out, I was particularly distraught by the small size of the burger but, the patty did look fairly thick. I was warned that their burgers come out a littler rarer than what you order but, I still stuck with medium. The burger in its first bite was delightful flavor that I expect in any quality burger and was quite juicy. The flavors were not too heavy and not too overpowering but, just right for the burger that it is. The potato roll bun was simple but, perfect to bring out the subtle flavors of the burger… a great choice. The fries were nothing to celebrate over but, it did get the job done. Overall, a great package, nice meal for the price, & considering Irving Mill’s proximity to my apartment, its going to make my Mondays something to look forward to.