Ivan Ramen

4.8
2281 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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TallyGirl
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the spicy pickle appetizer — it was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legendary as always

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ColeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will is a great bartender / waiter !

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ChenM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 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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MichealM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen we have ever had, super friendly staff. Overall a must eat restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. I don’t want anyone to know about this place — just my out of town friends ;)

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Mrfoodieman
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food but we had really loud annoying people right behind us

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vipDrea
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There wasn't a dish that we ate that wasn't outstanding. The food and the vibe of the restaurant was excellent. I saw Ivan on the Chef's Table, and I had to try his noodles and they were delicious.

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AliMcG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Cute spot for lunch. The ramen was good but the pork buns stole the show. Service was fast and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After hearing about Ivan Ramen from friends, I decided to take my daughter there while in NY for the weekend. So glad we did. The crispy eggplant was so good as a first course and our ramen was perfection a rainy summer night. We will be back.

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vipJohanna
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Thank you for everything!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Saw you guys on chefs table and wanted to give it a try. Amazing!

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YoAdrian
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious ramen as well as great selection of appetizers - loved the pork buns and fried chicken dishes. Attentive service. Had a fun time. Recommend reservations

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YUNA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best ramen ever in my life! I’ve been to many ramen places in Newyork but Ivan ramen was so good. Their noodles are special. I highly recommend Ivan ramen.

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Handsomekilla
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, great. But the back patio is not well ventilated.

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Chefefra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and yummy. Service and food time is always fast.

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KellyM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious - the triple pork, triple garlic is worth a trip to NYC alone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Service was a bit amiss with little attention to refilling water and checking back in with us at the table.

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TylerH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ramen in USA. Ivan was there and insanely kind. Hella professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is a little limited, but the food was great. Well prepared and most importantly, tasty! Would come back again.

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Longanie
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, delicious food. Save room for the Yuzu cheesecake, it’s equally as delicious as the savory dishes!

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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 2281 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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