Ivan Ramen

4.7
1470 reviews
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Contemporary Asian
Ivan Ramen "More then Just Ramen!"
Ivan Ramen imagines the Classic NY diner as seen through the Japanese lens. The food is incredible, the service outstanding, the menu is uniquely Ivan Orkin. Ivan Ramen celebrates Ivan’s creativity through the lens of his life journey. His effortless blending of: his New York roots, his classic French training, and his deep understanding of Japan, color the menu and the restaurant. Ramen here is clearly a must, but you should not miss out on the amazing array of other dishes, which are perfect for sharing while you enjoy a well selected sake. Casual, comfortable and quirky with splashes of art inspired by pop culture and movies, Ivan Ramen is simply a fun restaurant.

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The Infatuation
8.4

Ivan Ramen is an extremely popular ramen spot from Japan, now in the Lower East Side.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiters were very conscientious with us

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ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I really enjoyed Ivan Ramen. The best vegetarian ramen I've ever had. And the brussel sprouts appetizer was delicious. My only complaint is a small one--I wish the plating had been nicer.

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London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

The ramen and appetisers were fabulous! The table by the door was absolutely freezing as every time another customer came in (which was very 2 minutes) we got another hit of very cold New York air, so hence the lower rating.

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PN
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the counter in front of kitchen, where Jonathen took great care of us. As expected, everything was FANTASTIC but somehow it still was one of our best experiences at Ivan Ramen. Unexpected was the cauliflower with curry sauce. Crispy florets and well-integrated flavors without bathing in sauce. The chicken paitan is a perfect compliment to the pork musubi's, which are easy to become addicted to.
The local, NYC brewed Kura sake is a nice touch

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always get the japanese fried chicken and spicy red chili ramen with ground chicken, both are very delicious. The spicy ramen dish is quite spicy, and the rye noodles are addictive, and it all goes well together with the bok choy and meat. Also, usually a great beer selection! Just book a reservation in advance, regular dinner times fill up quickly on the weekends.

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G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant experience !!!! Amazing pork buns and the service was quick! We really enjoyed out experience!

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b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

kind knowledgeable and friendly staff.....
food was creative , great tasting and good value..

the space and the staff made the lunch so comfortable.. highlight of the day

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CA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fue una agradable experiencia familiar para deleitar un buen ramen en NY city, me complació la sencillez en realizar la reservacion y la recepción de la cena. Solo nos faltó conocer a Iván en su restaurante, somos de México y faltará un buen rato para regresar nuevamente.

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IL
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Liked the place itself and the noodles were good, but the broth was so greasy and salty, couldn't really eat it. I was so looking forward to going to Ivan Ramen and was quite disappointed. Staff were really nice though!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best ramen I've had in the city ! I got the chicken Paitan , great soup!

Also their beer list is great, and our server was awesome!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

This is the 4th disappointementafter the hype generated by chef table. Average food in a basic if not even unpleasant joint, crowded and over-stuffed with uncofmortable small tables.
As I said, it is the 4th out of 4 disappointement after Chef Table.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday with my husband. We sat at the counter and had the best server possibly in our lives (and my husband was a server at high end restaurants for 14 years). Such a great spot, - the fried chicken is a MUST!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally got here for dinner after years of wanting to go. Was a great experience, not overhyped at all! Was happy w everything, pork buns fantastic, all 3 ramens superb and great service!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

very expensive, very salty ramen and less frindly employee

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Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really quick and tasty meal - we had the pork balls - they were okay. Japanese fried chicken was great, as were the two special udons (lamb and pork). Would definitely return!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice servers, the room was a bit noisy but not enough to disturb a conversation, and the food was phenomenal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was good but we were kicked out of our table after an hour by the host ... they need to allow more time fir people to finish their food

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with some old friends at Ivan Ramen. The location is located in the Lower East Side, notorious for its vibrant bar scene, so if you're looking for a place with drinks and an energetic environment this is for you.

Conversely, this not the place for a family setting if you're going during prime hours. Since the Chef's Table episode about the place I noticed several folks bringing families and looking miserable -- and for good reason (see above).

Come ready for a lively night and you'll be well rewarded!

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very friendly and the food was fantastic!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Un lugar con una excelente comida. Obviamente el ramen es el plato principal, pero los demás son igual de buenos. Recomiendo la limonada.

Es preferible reservar antes de ir

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best ramen ever eaten.
Good hospitality! We have eaten a lot Ramen in other places in the past. Especially our kids visited a lot of places in Asia. This was by far the best experience.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will love it here. They have the best ramen and the best beer to pair it

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D
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. Everything was fantastic. The service was friendly and helpful. The restaurant is busier than I thought it would be and a little hectic at times. We were seated near the front and there was a bit of a draft every time the door opened.

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EW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Ivan had quite an amazing personal journey to lead him to open the ramen restaurants and it’s featured on Netflix documentary “Chef’s Table”. Wonder how authentic the ramen could be since it’s from a Jewish American chef? Wait till you tried! Everything on the menu, from small bites such as pickled daikon with xo sauce, mini sandwiches with wagyu beef tongue, and the amazingly delicious Japanese eggplant with tahini, ... to the variety of hand-made ramen, they are not just yummy, but also with chef’s creative twists!
The restaurant is small but it takes reservation online. The staffs are super friendly and efficient. My review is based on two most recent visits and I highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Food is not worth the hype

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivan Ramen is my favorite ramen in the city! Friendly service, cool space that plays good music, and delicious food. Don't skip the Coney Island Tofu!

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IL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It lives up the the press it gets. Rich flavors in all of the food and some interesting seasonal starters and craft beer.

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g
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect service. Chicken / cauliflower starters were fantastic. Can’t wait to go again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice spot, it’s hard to find ramen places that accept reservations!

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E
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramen was delicious as were the apps we ordered. Service was excellent.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service! Food came at a good pace.

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KE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. I loved the fried chicken appetizer and the triple pork and garlic dish

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years trip from San Francisco!
Try Ivan chicken ramen!

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife saw the restaurant featured on Netflix. The food was amazing and the staff very helpful on suggestions for ordering. Great vibe and decor.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Well priced. Tasty food. Lived up to the hype. Thick noodles were the bomb!

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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding consistent and yummy💥

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My vegetable ramen was very salty and seating is a bit tight, but the drinks and pork buns were good, and value and service were very satisfactory for a buzzy type place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but salty

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I watched the Chef’s Table episode about Ivan Ramen and wanted to try it while in town for our 5th anniversary. It exceeded all expectations. Great experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was excellent!

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