Ivan Ramen

4.8
2298 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Thank you!!

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QBrickell
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most interesting ramen I’ve ever had in my life. Expertly executed, absolutely delicious. I can easily see why many people consider it the best. Very rare you can truly say this, but it absolutely lives up to the hype.

Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spot! Service is great! Food come quick and the food is good!

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MaureenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food! I loved the cauliflower. We will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the staff AND food!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing as usual. My friends loved it! Service is equally good. We had to wait to be seated but the restaurant made up for it by giving us great appies.

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Kelly
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tables were quite close together, apps were great, ramen was underwhelming unfortunately.

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Jerry
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I love the atmosphere of the outdoor seating area in the back.

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DonnaV
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My only complaint was I ordered the wrong ramen for me. It was the Tokyo Shio. I did not like the taste of the broth. My husband had the chicken Paitan. It was perfect! the pork belly buns were the best we have ever had! The crispy eggplant on tahini will be something I will dream about! I'm from the Boston area and I cannot wait to go back for a dinner-that way we"ll order more food to try!

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan Ramen does not disappoint. If you’re looking for Japanese food that you won’t want to stop eating, this place is a must.

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Cecile
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible! Our server was oddly standoffish, but the rest of the staff were super kind and welcoming.

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Skkk
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! 3rd time in 3 months. Love this place. Spoke w Ivan who was at the restaurant last night. I had Shio ramen w chicken. absolute home run. And love the extra noodles at the end to finish up the bowl.

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LiorS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was One very loud table, but other than that the experience was great and tasty

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious meal

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best ramen in Ny

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten ramen all over nyc, I was excited to try Ivan Ramen finally after seeing him on Chef’s Table. It was delicious. The noodles were a little soft, however that generally didn’t bother me one bit.

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TallyGirl
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the spicy pickle appetizer — it was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Both hostess & waiter were wonderful. Food was very tasty, layered and full. The backyard outdoor seating was spacious and lovely. Throughly enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legendary as always

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ColeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan Ramen is one of the best restaurant experiences in Manhattan time and time again. William is a natural server and bartender, knowledgeable, humble, and sociable with guests. The Shio and Curry Flower are crown jewels of the menu.

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vipRachelG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ramen lived up to the hype and the service was very good. Would love to go again and would recommend to anyone who loves ramen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will is a great bartender / waiter !

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ChenM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food, smiling people, good service and good value

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vipSuzlc
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We chose to sit outside in front of the restaurant on a day when the massive trucks get to use that street, so it was sufficiently noisy but otherwise a lovely delicious meal with a fabulous server. The food holds up so no matter what kind of hater reviews you read, everything was above and beyond the rep. We loved the cukes, the crispy eggplant, Japanese fried chicken and sesame noodles. All good all around. Loved it!

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MissJamieC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The kids loved the pork buns and curry. The triple k triple garlic was so, so good. All staff members we came in contact with were welcoming and patient. Everyone in our party is planning another visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen ever

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ivan, if you don’t already know, is a known quantity in the world of celebrity chef sensations. I came upon this energetic, fast paced eatery while looking at a cat cafe across the street. Now, I’ve watched and read some of Ivan’s story, so my expectations were already sky high. It did not disappoint.

Shared between my partner and I, we had the esteemed pork buns, spicy ramen, tonkonsu ramen, and finished with a Yuzu cheesecake. The pork buns were intensely savory and balanced with some kind of pickle. Fantastic. Both ramen had an hefty, thick, rich broth with thin noodles that are perfectly al dente. As a big fan of foodie ramen, this competes with the best without the pretension of being “authentic Japanese.” Ivan, after all, is a self described Jewish boy from Long Island.

The decor is a quirky middle ground between a dive bar and a classy steakhouse. With an open kitchen and non-uniformed staff, the youthful energy of Ivan Ramen matches the casual ramen dining experience as it meant to be. I found it just a tad fast for my pace and most patrons seems to be in and out within the hour. It is more an espresso dose of gastronomic satisfaction than a lazy Sunday morning. Luckily, being located in the booze soaked neighborhood of LES, there are plenty of after dinner activities nearby should you wish to savor the evening.

If you are craving ramen, I can’t see how you can go wrong with Ivan.

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SFGirlDiningOut
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stellar experience as always. Whenever my husband and I come to NYC it is a must stop for lunch ! Our faves : spicy kyuri pickles, crispy eggplant ( I dare you to eat only one plate of them...to die for) and chicken paitan ramen. We split a piece of cheesecake for my birthday —- and our server, Jhovanna , was fabulous and a total sweetheart!!! Love you guys !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love ramen and have been wanting to try this place ever since seeing the episode on Chef’s Table. It didn’t disappoint! Had the triple pork triple garlic - the noodles were perfectly cooked and the thick pork sauce oozed umami and flavor creating an outstanding bowl! I’ll definitely be back!

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Edric
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would recommend for ANYBODY!

We came because we watched Ivan’s story and food featured on Netflix’s “Chefs Table.” But we stayed because of the delicious food, amazing staff, and overall experience.

When in NYC you plan to see and try all the things - especially being NA food Mecca. I’m an “okay” cook from a small town so making certain foods ourselves is our only option. We don’t travel as often as one hopes (big trip every two years). So I trying to find the “best” food or something better than what I can make at home (depending on availability) is ideal.

Our first night we went to Momofuku Noodle Bar the ramen was good but wasn’t as expected. Our second night we went to Ivan Ramen and it completely blew Noodle Bar out the water. It was so good we ended up going THREE times in our 2 week trip.

Every time the food and service was excellent. We tried a new dish or two but kept getting these “keystone” dishes - I would recommend these on your first visit. The steamed pork buns and “Tokyo Shio” Ramen. The buns were a nice pillowy texture with the savory fatty pork belly. The Ramen was always on point, the broth was light but rich, the noodles were nice and springy with a lil bite. The ingredients - especially the tomato (umami bomb!) went together beautifully.

A helpful hint is if you leave left over broth/sauce. You can order another serving of extras. If I was hungry I got a combination of the noodles, chashu pork, and tomato.

The spicy pickles, green beans, fried chicken, and cauliflower were all unique and tasty appetizers to start the meal.

All the ramen were great but I’d put them on a scale from “light” to “heavy” broths (they’re all rich in flavor). Starting from “light” to “heavy” the Shio, Shoyu’s, Spicy, Paitan, Tonkotsu, and lastly the Mazeman (triple pork/garlic). Aside from the Shio I’d recommend the Mazeman (order to extra noodles so good!), and the Tonkotsu.

Id suggest this as your first food stop in town!

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RONALDO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen ever! We flew from the West Coast to eat at Ivan’s and we were also honored to meet and speak with him. It was a great birthday celebration!

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vipDisappointedTulaneGrad
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ivan ramen! The best and our favorite ramen.

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LMNO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was so knowledgeable and friendly! The back garden was gorgeous and relaxing. Loved the food!

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vipIrene
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience. Service good and very helpful given nut allergy concerns.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Seating inside - virtually on top of each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased.
Highly recommend the Tonkotsu Ramen and Chicken Paitan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipDrew
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen in new york, would recommend the shio. Fried chicken great too and wonderful service.

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You can order delivery directly from Ivan Ramen using the Order Online button. Ivan Ramen also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ivan Ramen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 678-3859.

Ivan Ramen is rated 4.8 stars by 2298 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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