Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, NYC

What more can be said about Ivan Orkin and his ramen at this point?

Every media outlet from Bon Appetit to the New York Times to Martha Stewart has covered the ramen maestro’s triumphant return to the Big Apple.

I’ve eaten at Ivan Ramen in Tokyo, followed him around to various NYC pop-ups since last year, and even got a tour of his new Clinton St. space, hopefully opening next month. But given my busy schedule, and aversion to long lines, I’d never eaten at Slurp Shop, which opened in the Gotham West Market last year.

Until this past weekend.

And I loved it!

It truly is East meets West. Japan meets America. Tokyo meets New York. Noodles meet schmaltz.

To me, Slurp Shop is everything that Ivan has been working towards finally come to life.

He nails it. And here’s a look…

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Love the artwork that adorns the bar…

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Ivan’s classic shio ramen…

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With pork chashu and egg…

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He uses custom rye noodles…

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The smoked whitefish donburi…

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This was my favorite dish…

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White fish, salmon roe, cucumber, scallion and dashi over rice…

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The show-cooked pork donburi with roast tomatoes and a plum/wasabi/honey sauce. This turned out to be Mutsumi’s favorite…

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A salad of scallion, raw & pickled cucumbers and shiso vinaigrette…

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For drinks, we started with an Ivan Palmer, made with yuzu lemonade…

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But David Poran, Ivan’s partner, kindly brought us over a Cel-Rey, explaining it was specifically put on the menu as it complimented the food. And he was right!

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Say “Ah”! Which is exactly how I felt after our meal…

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In Japan, slurping indicates you’re enjoying your meal. And from the sounds around me at Ivan’s Slurp Shop, I’m thrilled to see it’s becoming customary here in New York as well!

IVAN RAMEN SLURP SHOP

600 11th Ave., between 44th and 45th Sts.

Inside Gotham West Market

NY, NY 10036

212-582-7948

http://www.ivanramen.com/en/ivan-ramen-slurp-shop/

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