Ippudo NYC – Where the Bao Love Affair Began

I first came to Ippudo back in May 2013 (Click here for the original post) and I was seriously impressed with how delicious everything was. Yes I did wax lyrical to all my friends about this place, who wanted a recommendation whilst visiting the City, so it made sense to head back and get us some of that magic again. One thing that hadn’t changed, were the huge queues, so be warned. That quirky glass topped bar made out of ramen wasn’t there anymore in the waiting area either, but ice cold beer was, with a bar menu which included those freaking tasty buns! (Phew!). So we ate whilst we waited for a table.

We started with those melt in the mouth-tender Ippudo pork belly buns ($9 for 2), that were glazed in a sweet sticky sauce, topped with Japanese style mayo and pickled cucumbers. They were just as delicious as the first time I had them, which was when my bao love affair started!

Hunks of melting pork belly. 

Side by side with the tempura eggplant bao.
The pork belly 

Next up we went or the tempura fried eggplant and eringi mushroom with housed pickled cucumbers $8.

It was equally as delectable as the pork belly in a different way, with its contrasting crunchy glazed exterior and gooey centre. 

Ippudo chicken wings were sticky-glazed, black pepper crispy things, were the kind that made me hunker down forget the world and inhale. 

The verdict:

When did I go? Nov 2016.
The damage: Expect to pay $25-$30 (£18-£22) per head with drinks.
The good: What really stood out last time were the sides, in particular those unctuous pork buns – this time round they were no exception, as were those ridiculously good egg-plant ones too. I’d happily eat them recreationally, until the cows came home. We were that content eating buns and drinking beer, we didn’t make it into the main restaurant – we didn’t care.
The bad: Be prepared to burn an hour whist waiting for your ramen fix.
Rating: 4/5
Would I go again? Yes
Address: 65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA

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