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I am going to NYC next week and would like to eat noodles. Ippudo has gotten really good reviews, but in looking at the menu, am I correct that everything is made with pork belly? I don't eat pork (or shellfish) and so, if their menu is not for me, could someone recommend another place?

Thanks much.

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Hung Ry. lots of choices.

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    Hung Ry
    55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Not everything is made with pork. The base for most of the soup is pork, but they have a veg option that my veg friend thought was terrific, and the strength of the noodles still shined. I don't see the veg ramen on the web menu, but the last two times I was at Ippudo, it was there, so maybe call to confirm?

      If you go with the veg noodle, there are also many non pork and shellfish sides that are pretty good.

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      Ippudo
      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. i love ippudo, but i also love pork.

        thanks to chowhound, i found Menchanko, which is now a part of my weekly lunch roster. their vegetarian menchanko is excellent. it has an abundance of shiitake mushrooms, which gives the broth a very full flavor. the place doesn't have the atmosphere that Ippudo offers, but if you're in it for the noodles, you won't be disappointed.

        FWIW, Ms. Coasts is never happy with her ramen at Ippudo. she finds the broth to be too heavy and too greasy for her liking. that said, she hasn't tried their vegetarian ramen, which is generally available even if the menu doesn't list it.

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        1. re: coasts

          I love menchanko's ramen and the side dishes are terrific.

        2. Kubo-ya, a new place literally next door to Minca (the owners of each are long time friends) has vegetarian, actually vegan, ramen. It's a miso style, and it's very very good, best one I've had. Has a lot of ginger which brightens up the broth. He's experimenting with all kinds of things, I had a clam broth once, and even a tomato basil one! The owner used to be at Moco, which is greedily hanging on to his trademark "Kubo" style ramen. (It's his name, so particularly shameful.)

          I took some shots of it actually, it's in this flickr set, the veg miso one is DSC_8091.jpg
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatsuuuu...

          He also has vege gyoza (filling is similar to a good vege chinese spring roll) and cha-han, which I had together with the vege ramen for a brunch special, I think it was 15 bucks for everything. I was stuffed!

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          Minca
          536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

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          1. re: tatsu

            I just checked out the yelp reviews, looks like they are running a Groupon today. I really like this place, the side dishes are pretty amazing actually. Kara-age, some creative buns, way better than any ramen shop has a right to be.

            1. re: tatsu

              What's the deal with his noodles? I went once and had the shio ramen. The broth was pretty good but the noodles tasted like cheap instant ones.

              1. re: Silverjay

                To each his own, I think the noodles have good body and spring. I'm not a fan of the super-thin ones they get soggy after a bit. I talked to the owner, they are sourced from Japan. He may experiment with different noodles to different broths. We went back and forth about kinky noodles vs smooth, etc. He definitely knows his stuff.

                1. re: tatsu

                  They tasted like they were made from dried noodles, not fresh or semi-fresh. They were a glaring weak point in the dish. I've only been once, so maybe he was substituting because of a shortage. I prefer kinky to straight as well.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    Agreed that the noodles were poor. I was not impressed and neither were others--it was empty and there was a wait at Minca

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                    Minca
                    536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

          2. Now I am told that she wants to go to Momofuko.

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            1. re: E_M

              The noodles at Momofuku are less than great. You would do better at Rai Rai Ken, Ippudo, etc.

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              Rai Rai Ken
              214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

              Ippudo
              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: E_M

                Everything under the David Chang umbrella is aggressively non-vegetarian and is very pork-heavy.

                1. re: E_M

                  If you don't eat pork or shellfish, I would suggest going elsewhere.