I've been eagerly awaiting the opening of the first New York branch of Ivan Orkin's eponymous Tokyo ramen shop ever since tasting his unique take on them for the first time last year. "I'm sure my story's not any different than anyone who's been stupid enough to try to open a restaurant in this town," Ivan told me as he prepared for the Taste of Tokyo Dinner, part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival that took place all over the city this weekend.
After months of delays, the restaurant is finally slated to open in just a few short weeks in November. "In a lot of ways, the delays were actually good for us," said Ivan's partner David Poran. "It gave us time to really refine the recipes and make changes for the better."
Last night the 74 guests got to taste a few of the items that will appear on the new menu (which will be 30 to 40 items long, according to Ivan, with about a quarter of them being variations on ramen). Take a peep through the slideshow to see what to expect when his doors finally open. It's ramen like you've never seen it.
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