These days, there's nothing that screams more New York than Japanese R-A-M-E-N. Fresh al dente noodles, in a luxuriously rich bone-y broth, topped with tender, foie-gras-like pork pieces and a dusting of scallion and soft boiled egg? Yes, ramen's become the ultimate aid to our chilly New York winters.
We all know the Tottos, and Ippuddo's of the world won't ever do delivery so we're singing Hail Mary to the forces that be at Ivan Orkin's Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, a crown jewel at the elite Gotham West Market in Hell's Kitchen. Now, you can have your Tokyo Shio Ramen, Spicy Chili Ramen (with rye and whole wheat noodles, by the way), and Miso Butter Mazeman (more noodles, less broth!), piping hot...right at your desk.
Ivan Orkin’s story is one of legend in the food community:
A self described “Jewish Kid from Long Island”, Ivan realized his dream of cooking while doing it in Japan on his terms. From a degree in Japanese, to acing the ranks at CIA (Culinary Institute of America), to time on the line at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Chef Orkin has been known to beat the odds.
Such odds are exemplified by owning and operating two top ramen shops in Tokyo that hold his namesake: 2007's first and flagship Ivan Ramen to Ivan Ramen Plus in 2010. In a homeland, where ramen purists feel country kin are king, Orkin's influence on this Japanese staple, as a foreign chef, were nothing short of..WOWZA.
Today, Ivan operates a total of four restaurants - two in Tokyo, and two in New York. His Lower East Side destination, Ivan Ramen, repeatedly makes Eater's top lists, including Ryan Sutton's "Top 21 Dishes of 2015" (Tonkotsu Tsukemen...what Sutton calls a healthier "Fettuccine Alfredo"...we didn't know that existed, we thank him for for the enlightenment!).
Dip, twist, slurp. Now.