Ippudo, the name synonymous with superlative ramen both in NYC and abroad, expands its Midtown reach with another restaurant arriving in the neighborhood next Monday, September 11th. Already with its original stronghold in the East Village and another in Midtown West, Ippudo's next location will serve more of the eastern part of the neighborhood, Eater NY reports, opening at 24 West 46th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Anticipation of bathing in the chain's luxurious tonkotsu broth should be tempered since this location will instead focus on kasane broth, a combination of pork and chicken. "This kind of has the smooth taste and a milky, savory flavor without the heaviness of a complete pork-based broth because half of it is chicken," Kinkela tells Eater. "It's lighter and easier to eat in my opinion."
Other shifting focuses include offering takeout—Ippudo specialized their food hall spinoff specifically to withstand to-go orders—plus it will only offer lunch until November, when dinner service will launch.
This is part of the early phase of a major Ippudo expansion in the United States, Bloomberg reported earlier this year. Locations in San Francisco and Berkeley are next on the horizon, with an Ippudo opening somewhere in Brooklyn (most likely) in 2018.