It’s been awhile since I last updated my blog. Since then, I quit my job and ventured to New York, Atlanta and Atlantic City.
My recent trip to Manhattan included trying a steaming, delicious bowl of my favorite Japanese dish at Ivan Ramen located in the Lower East Side. I made a reservation through OpenTable and managed to meet a friend who recently moved to the city.
Since it was a Saturday afternoon, I managed to choose a signature bowl from the brunch menu, which the eatery offers solely on the weekend (no lunch available). The Tokyo Shio Ramen came with a chicken-based broth, nothing too memorable, but nothing disheartening. The noodles’ earn points for solid not-too-soft texture. I threw an extra egg ($2) in the bowl and left with disappointment since it didn’t come seasoned. The dish came loaded with scallions and a slices of pork chashu. The broth’s seasoning left brown coloring on the edges of the white bowl making it not as “pretty” as one would hope.
It’s not cheap ($15) and there’s even a bottomless 90-minute all you can drink option for $35. A friend ordered the Tonkotsu Tsukemen (below). A great option for summer, the cold noodles paired with a lightly seasoned broth. It could use more depth, but here’s to trying. Maybe it pleases an American, but not my fairly diverse palette.
The ambience comes mixed with a contemporary, street-like vibe. It’s somewhat confusing because you can’t decide if this is a trendy establishment or a keep-to-its-roots joint. It’s a good place to catch up with a friend who isn’t a huge foodie or a meal with the parents.
Will I go back? No. Will I try the Slurp Shop in Hell’s Kitchen? Why not. It can only go uphill from here.
Ivan Ramen is located on 25 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side of NYC.