A Conversation With Ramen Master Ivan Orkin | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
Ivan Orkin outside his restaurant at 25 Clinton St. Photo by Alex M. Smith. The following story was first published in the June edition of The Lo-Down's print magazine. Get ready for some ramen magic on the LES. He runs two popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo and now Ivan Orkin is bringing his version of the tasty delicacy to New York, setting up shop at 25 Clinton St. on the former site of Ed’s Lobster Bar Annex. The 50-year-old ramen impresario, who created Ivan Ramen and Ivan Ramen Plus, grew up in Syosset, Long Island, and migrated to Japan after stints in the kitchens of Mesa Grill and Lutece, among others. Orkin has won accolades in Japan for his shio ramen (one soup made from two broths) and homemade noodles. After several years in Japan, he returned to New York a little over a year ago with his young family. Orkin’s tie to the LES? His grandfather lived in the neighborhood when he first came to the United States in 1909. Apart from the family connection, Orkin fondly recalls