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Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Spicy Red Chili Ramen, Lancaster Okonomiyaki

 

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How unlikely is the story of a Jewish guy from Long Island opening one of the hottest Ramen spots not just in New York City but also in Tokyo!

It really is the stuff that dreams are made off and a whole lot of hard work that has led Ivan Orkin, along with his partner David Poran, to their latest venture on the Lower East Side.

 

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Ivan Ramen is set in a cool Manga inspired venue which has a really lovely rear courtyard.

 

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Orkin’s menu consists of modern interpretations of Japanese inspired dishes. He also offers playful takes on dishes that are both an ode to both Ramen-Ya fare as well as New York Classics. Take for example the Tofu Coney Island, which is a mix between agedashi tofu and a classic chili-topped Coney Island hot dog.

 

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Orkin offers six different ramens of which my favorite is the “Spicy Red Chili Ramen”. A word of caution – Orkin’s fare offers interpretations of a traditional Ramen-Ya – so if you are looking for the conventional tonkotsu broth then you will not find it here. However – I doubt you will be disappointed as there is something for everyone here at Ivan Ramen and it is one of my favorite Ramen spots in the city.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

TOFU CONEY ISLAND

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KEWPIE EBI

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LANCASTER OKONOMIYAKI

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TRIPLE PORK TRIPLE GARLIC MAZEMEN

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SPICY RED CHILI RAMEN

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Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $

Must try: Chocolate Cupcake, Caramel Tart

 

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Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab Monsieur, Baby Spinach Salad

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The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO, NYC

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Strawberry, Peaches and Cream

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Captain Morgan Media Event w/ Top Chef Judge Hugh Acheson

Captain Morgan Media Event w/ Top Chef Judge Hugh Acheson

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this event for a complimentary tasting. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

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A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

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Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Restaurant, Flushing, NYC

The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Restaurant, Flushing, NYC

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Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

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The Astoria Flea & Food, Astoria, NYC

The Astoria Flea & Food, Astoria, NYC

 

The Astoria Flea & Food kicked of this past Sunday on May 4th, 2014 and of course I was there to be a part of it.

 

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Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Wok Roasted Diced Chicken w/ Thousand Chili

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Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Brownies

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Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

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Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Soft Scrambled Eggs Vol-Au-Vent

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown, New York

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown, New York

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Rice-noodle rolls, Shrimp and Chive Dumpling

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Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Special Sauce, Indian Curry, Laad Na

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Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

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Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

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Madangsui, Midtown West, NYC

Madangsui, Midtown West, NYC

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Spot Dessert Bar, East Village, NYC

Spot Dessert Bar, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, The Harvest 

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Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, NYC

Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, NYC

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Frittata, Soups, Brownie

 

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