[All photos by Bess Adler]
Here is a sneak peek at Ivan Ramen, the full service Lower East Side restaurant from noodle super star Ivan Orkin. The menu will have five varieties of ramen, including versions made with whole wheat and rye noodles, plus shareable composed plates and Japanese snacks. To drink, Ivan Ramen will offer beer, wine, and sake. It sounds like Orkin is basically creating an izakaya with a ramen focus.
Orkin's Tokyo ramen parlors have a huge cult following, and his Gotham West Market restaurant is perpetually packed. Once the doors open, the ramen fanatics of this city will go early and often. So expect Cronut-esque crowds, at least in the first few weeks.
Ivan Ramen is slated to open on May 9. Take a look around: