In June, ramen guru Ivan Orkin will open his first New York noodle parlor, Ivan Ramen, in the Clinton Street space that formerly housed Ed's Lobster Bar Annex. Orkin has tapped a seasoned hospitality pro to manage the front of the house: William Reed, the co-owner of The Brooklyn Star.
Reed tells Eater that before the official opening, Ivan is going to host "teaser" dinners at Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side and at The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg. Expect something along the lines of the dinners that Orkin served at Momofuku Noodle Bar last summer, and at the Ace Hotel last fall. The team is still nailing down the exact dates, but the Mission Chinese dinner will probably happen during the last week in May, and the Brooklyn Kitchen meal will go down during the first weekend in June.
The Clinton Street space will have 41 seats in the dining room, 24 seats in a garden, plus a few more in a PDR where Orkin plans to serve large format ramen feasts with sake pairings. The second Ivan Orkin restaurant in the forthcoming AvroKo-designed market in Hell's Kitchen will be a more casual affair with counter seating. That project is slated to open in late September. Stay tuned for more information about the special Mission Chinese/Brooklyn Kitchen collaborations.
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