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Feb 6, 2009 12:34 PM


Is Ippudo still insanely busy? Haven't been in a long time and was thinking about going tonight for dinner around 8 for 5 people. How long would the wait be?

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  1. I think it's busier than ever. I'd expect a 45-minute quote for a 75-minute wait.

    1. I would imagine for tonight, at least 1 hour or an hour and a half.

      1. If you guys are looking to spend money on drinks, you can chill at the bar once you put your name down. the bar gets real busy.

        1. you will have a 2hour wait for sure

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            um yeah walked by and didn't bother to ask, it looked insane. guess I'll have to go during lunch on a weekday again.

            1. re: lanadai

              Lunch during the week is no wait. Dinner it seems is always over 40 minutes during the week and an hour and half or more on weekends. Lunch on weekend has a wait too. When its too crowded i change modes and go to soba ya because its in same neighborhood

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Ha, I tried to go to Soba Ya after walking by Ippudo and it was an hour wait. Ended up going to Momofuku Noodle bar but still had to wait an hour b/c there was a table of 5 who just wouldn't leave, took them 20 minutes to pay the bill and the waitress did try to get them out. I had my bf and his friend go to get some takoyaki to stave off my hunger while we waited. Is there anything around that area on a Friday or weekend where you don't have to wait?

                1. re: lanadai

                  There is this little japanese place just around the corner to stave off starvation - they serve the deep fried octupus balls, which weren't bad

                  1. re: Boss77

                    Yep that's what I did while I was waiting for a table at momo noodle bar

                    1. re: lanadai

                      Anybody know the name of the takoyaki place?

                      1. re: fdb

                        That's probably Otafuku, on E. 9th St. (near 2nd Ave). They also have yakisoba there as well.

                        236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

                        1. re: baobao

                          yep, and they have okonomiyaki too and shaved ice in the summer.

          2. I went there about a month ago and it was a major annoyance. The only reason I stayed is because by the time i thought of somewhere new to go and actually went there, I might as well just wait. I don't think its worth the wait in the winter when its this cold b/c the bar area gets really really crowded since its too cold to wait outside. While I like Ippudo, I don't think it's worth an hour wait. Does anyone else think their noodels are a bit too al dente, by the way?

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            1. re: Renguin

              I stopped by Ippudo Thursday before last around 8:30pm and was told there would be a one hour wait. As the bar area was totally full, ordering a snack and a beer at the bar was not really a comfortable option either. Headed to Ramen Setagaya on 1st Ave. and my dining partner and I were seated immediately at the bar. I thought it was quite good, but the broth not as rich and flavorful as Ippudo. However Setagaya is less expensive and still pretty good if you are in the mood for ramen. You may be right about the noodles at Ippudo. But I think that it is broth that is the real the star there.

              1. re: boccalupo

                Soba Koh is another choice on 5th st. great sliced duck dish and good soba. Its a small place but i have never waited there. Theres Minca on 5th st. and kambi on e.14tth st. Setagaya is on 1st ave. and now on st. marks also, its reasonable , not as good as ippudo.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  Yeah Soba Koh is good but it's smaller and I didn't want to take the chance of walking down and not getting a table. Just don't want to walk around too much b/c it's cold and I'm lazy. Setagaya isn't crazy busy anymore?

                  1. re: lanadai


                    I don't believe I've ever had to wait for a table at Soba Koh, but then again, I've always gone either by myself or with one other person.

                    1. re: lanadai

                      Setagaya is not crazy busy any more and now that there are two locations, it looks like there might not even be a wait at all sometimes!

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Kathryn and Lanadai are both right - ive never had to wait at soba koh (don't know why b/c its way better than soba ya) and setagaya is not that busy anymore