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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

silencespeak Nov 20, 2013 10:32 AM

Has anyone tried his ramen yet?


  1. loratliff Nov 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    Ziggy41 mentioned it on this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924970

    I'm holding out for the LES. January seems optimistic at this point, haven't really seen a lot going on in that space.

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      Lau Nov 20, 2013 12:49 PM

      i saw this, could be good, but id imagine the line is awful

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        mla19 Nov 30, 2013 06:44 AM

        Went yesterday around noon and there was no line and no wait for seats. Split the shoyu ramen with my husband after each sampling our own (delicious) sandwich from the Court Street Grocers counter. Broth was very light and flavorful and the rye noodles held the flavor nicely. The soft boiled egg add on was a highlight. Overall enjoyable but as others said, on the smaller side compared to Totto and Ippudo. Would go back but not as a replacement for the other ramen shops.

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          Lau Dec 1, 2013 03:59 PM

          ah ok thanks for the info

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        AubWah Nov 20, 2013 01:29 PM

        I stopped by today. It was the biggest hipster/scenester food scene I have ever witnessed. I was going to try the ramen, but I saw the bowls and it was such a minuscule amount of food I couldn't justify paying $14

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          tex.s.toast Nov 20, 2013 01:33 PM

          i dont doubt that i would have a similar reaction to yours, but i wonder about the price/quantity value criteria you used. surely some super expensive single bite sushi can be worth it, no?

          1. re: tex.s.toast
            AubWah Nov 20, 2013 02:00 PM

            Not into the super expensive single bite sushi either

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            sappidus Nov 20, 2013 06:32 PM

            So, you haven't been to Smorgasburg during the ramen burger phase, then.

            Don't know when you saw it, but I was at the market today between 12 and 1. The Ivan Ramen Line was never longer than ~15 people, and it moved pretty quickly. I waited ten minutes to order my shoyu ramen bowl and ten more minutes to receive it. Since the portions are indeed pretty small -- and no kaedama option, ugh -- I got back in line and rinsed/repeated for the roasted garlic mazemen.

            Short review: loved the shoyu ramen, thought the rye-touched noodles were different in a good way; mazemen more like a pasta in cream sauce than anything else, and so garlicky that it overwhelmed any other taste in the bowl.

            1. re: sappidus
              Silverjay Nov 20, 2013 06:38 PM

              Ahh, interesting......And props for double dipping circling back for another round of noodles. That's impressive from a patience perspective et al.

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                AubWah Nov 21, 2013 03:11 AM

                I was there around the same time you were, but I wasn't looking to spend $30 for lunch so I left.

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                  sappidus Nov 21, 2013 04:18 AM

                  Yeah, definitely not a value proposition.

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                    AubWah Nov 21, 2013 04:41 AM

                    The bowls looked on the small side

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                      Ziggy41 Nov 21, 2013 04:58 AM

                      My $13 rice bowl was decent size. I didnt leave hungry. Fairly hefty chunks of fish as I reported on the other thread.
                      I tried some of my friend's Shio Classic and it was clean and quite good but that was just a spoonful. None of us noticed that the size was any different than the other joints in the hood, Totto, Ippudo. $2 water is expected here

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                        AubWah Nov 21, 2013 05:21 AM

                        Interesting, thanks for the comparison, maybe ill give slurp shop a shot.

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                          Silverjay Nov 21, 2013 05:33 AM

                          I confess to being more interested in that fish donburi than the shio ramen. That looks like a cool dish.

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                            sappidus Nov 21, 2013 05:34 AM

                            As I said, I really liked the shoyu ramen... But it wasn't nearly as filling as a bowl at Totto, which I revisited last week. How much that is a function of the much lighter broth is debatable, but I agree with coasts that, by itself, it's not really a fully meal. (Was definitely overfull after 2, though!) Maybe Mr. Orkin can consider a ramen+mini-donburi lunch set in the future.

                2. coasts Nov 20, 2013 06:53 PM

                  hit it right after work. my wife and i shared two bowls, opting for the vegetarian ramen and the classic shoyu. both were quite good, but i enjoyed the vegetarian one much more. the broth is rich with soy and mushrooms. it's a bit out of price, but not by much. definitely not a full meal in itself.

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                    The Cookbook Addict Nov 29, 2013 01:42 PM

                    Went this week and not a fan. We split the shio ramen and the roast garlic mamezan. The shio was too fishy and kinda oily with little discernible pork flavor. They charged extra for the egg and it was cold. Noodles were ok, but I prefer a thicker noodle. Maybe the rice bowls are better?

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                      HungryNihilist Dec 18, 2013 05:04 PM

                      Having eaten here twice, I strongly feel this place is very good and a very good price for what you get. Ivan founded two of Tokyo's most cherished ramen restaurants, perfecting his craft while becoming a celebrity abroad, before finally coming to America.

                      Frankly, ramen made with a chicken schmaltz rather than pork tonkatsu base is astoundingly inventive, as is Ivan's use of a thick, almost nutty rye noodle. It is excellent, elegantly made ramen, sourced from the very best locations, and you can tell when you eat it.

                      The whitefish donburi, however, is my favorite dish of all. Flaky, salty whitefish and a heaping helping of bright roe sit atop excellently seasoned rice and onion. It really is a great dish and this really is an awesome restaurant.

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