Ivan Ramen

4.7
1358 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 12:30pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 12.30pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(646) 678-3859
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ivan Orkin
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Catering
"Ramen Party"
Be the first of your friends to have a ramen party.
Off-Site catering can be arranged at info@ivanramen.com
all events are customized.
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Cross street
Stanton/Houston
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Parking details
Street Parking is available on Clinton street.
Parking Garages are located on Essex st.
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Public transit
J. M. F. Trains

J & M line to Essex Street
F line to Delancy Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 1358 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It is over-praised in chef’s table. The ramen soup is really salty and the pork is not seasoned........

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EO
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No fuss place for GREAT food! Although we had reservations we had to wait out in the cold for a while since the place is so tiny. That’s my only issue. My kids loved the pork buns and their ramen. The fried chicken was outstanding and we all had a hard time stopping from overeating it was that good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Highly recommend the shio and the tofu Coney Island.

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MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was one of the most recommended places for ramen but we didn’t think so. We ordered 6 different dishes and truly enjoyed 2. It was an okay place is what it felt like after all the hype. The service was good and people were friendly but not the best Ramen I had or the Boa

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

The ramen is delicious! My only issue is that they really try to rush you out the door so that they can seat more people

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SS
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our Mom here and she wasn't that thrilled with a more risky dish she ordered (which both myself and the waitress warned her of). At no cost, the hostess replaced her dish. It was awesome and thoughtful-- great experience. I LOVED my main course and the appetizers were outstanding as well.

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T
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. They had a good system for getting the tables turned over quickly

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Good noodles, mediocre broth. Not worth the hype.

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CP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

lived up to the hype! got the chicken broth ramen, sake, pork buns, friend chicken and brussells. all great

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L
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with great recommendations. Great appetizers that you won’t find at other ramen locations.

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DD
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best. Second visit just as good as first visit. Can’t wait for the third visit. If I lived in NY I would dine at Ivan Ramen weekly!

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was very efficient.
Unfortunately the food was overrated.

I ordered a shio ramen - it was served very fast but the soup was cold. The portion size was small (I am happy that) but the given the high price, wasn’t good value for money. I ordered an extra portion of special char siu (soy braised pork belly). It was way too salty and not umami.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg best Ramen ever! Cool and Quick service❤️

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r
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place and the vegetarian ramen amazing, it worth every penny

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BD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The pickled daikon is something that I would request as my last meal. The ramen is delicious and the service is great!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

I paid almost 50 bucks for an entry, ramen and beer, overvalued. Nice place, good experience.

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PN
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We are TOTAL FANS and our recent meal a few days ago was even better than a few months before. Much to our ecstatic surprise, the roast pork musubii were brought back after a few years hiatus from the Clinton Street location. They come 2 to an order, so we had to have 3 orders for our appetizers. We took a break to split a bowl of Chicken Paitan (rye noodles ramen with broth) which we think might have been even better than the Shio Ramen. Splitting the bowl was very close to a mistake because we underestimated how great the Paitan was. For dessert, what could be better than another pork musubi?

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fantastic food, Ivan Ramen has always made a strong showing whenever I stop by. Though the experience centers on ramen, the menu is diverse and interesting (both in terms of appetizers and entrees). They have a notable beverage list as well. The story of Ivan Ramen is highly interesting, and is on Netflix's "Chef's Table" season 3 for anyone interested.

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LE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate my husband's birthday. Appetizers were very good. Ramen was amazing. Server asked about food allergies and made great recommendations around them. Definitely my new go to place for ramen.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good Food
Service was ok , not bad
Just that i had to get up and ask for my order since they forgot (extra noodles)
Overall ok

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SP
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to eat here after seeing the Chef’s Table episode. Tried some of the chef specials - the chicken ramen is fantastic, triple pork triple garlic noodles were smoky and rich. Nice selection of beer and sake. Staff is really helpful and friendly. Love being able to make reservations and get Ramen without standing in line outside for hours.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb ramen. Aubergine and friend chicken starters were amazing as well.
Good pairing with local craft beers.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It is the best ramen I have had. I didn't like ramen until I went to Ivan ramen.

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Cancun
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! The best ramen i Ever had!

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FC
Honduras
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small size dish..

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. The host/waiter dressed as the joker was on top form. Very informative and at time very funny. The food spoke for its self. Would deffo go for the recommended dishes. Thanks very much.
In a side note I left my my blue jacket there-think that was due to the sake :)

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PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had high expectations and it certainly didn’t diasappoint.

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DS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes...I went because of David Chang and Chefs Table. I was excited to find myself in New York with time to go. On my trip I ate at 2 different Michelin * restaurants, but Ivan Ramen was on par, if not better. We ordered most of the appetizers. The Tofu Coney Island was insanely delicious. The mushroom “chili” was unreal like nothing I’ve even had before...umami heaven! The daikon killer as a pallet reset with the vinegar great crispy top. For Ramen I had the Tripple Pork; very rich, tasty; Unlike any Ramen I’d ever had...don’t forget the pickles which made me reminisce of sushi. Wait, the pork buns!!! Ahh, all too, too, good. Just go!!’ Also, server was very informative, accommodating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was all that I expected it to be, a punch of flavor and character! We had done our research on the menu and had anticipations coming in, all of them being exceeded! Our server was extremely knowledgeable, leading us through the highlights of the menu and guiding us well. I had the triple pork and garlic ramen, and I think the whole table agreed this was the star of the show! Highly recommend! . We will absolutely return when we visit NYC again!

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MV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The ramen was spot on as always, however the service was almost non existent. We saw our server to order our food and for the check. He even tried taking the menu out of my boyfriend's hand before he ordered which was odd. I've sat at the bar previously and had amazing service and banter, but this time just felt like we were being shuffled in and out. Sort of a bummer.

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PR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing ramen and very nice service !! Totally recommend

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M
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impressive food and impressive service. Don’t skip the Japanese fried chicken.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had really high expectation before coming, didn’t met the expectation after the visit but it’s still good ramen. Not extraordinary which is the bar I had.

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were visiting this place quiet often 6 months ago and ramen always was great, but it WAS NOT this time. It was watery ( rich taste disappeared), it was warm (not hot as "noodle can finishing up" in the hot substance), way too much noodles in my bowl... Overall, very very UPSET! Hopefully someone will read it , or Ivan himself will read it, and will fix it as this time ramen was not even close to what it was before. Lamb also was over salted... Great place can be ruined by workers who does not care.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So dope. I love this place so much. The chicken paitan ramen was so good. There is a reason it is Ivan’s favorite! The Japanese fried chicken is a go-to for sure.

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GA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Super accommodating all the way from the first phone call (to move around the reservation) to us paying the bill. I was looking to be wow’d by the ramen we had (shio and paitan) but everything else we had was amazing. I Was holding the ramen to a higher standard so that’s why I gave it 4 stars for the food.

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e
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time going all the way to NYC just for Ivan Ramen. I was running a little late due to traffic and was able to change my reservation to an hour later than scheduled; the staff assisted me in this and I was able to make it in time for ramen with friends! Food is delicious as always! The best ramen in the world!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Experience! & food is always delicioussss.

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s
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food with a good vibe. Make sure to reserve as it gets packed quite easily.

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