Slurping Sumptuous Ramen in Manhattan, New York
Near dinnertime, the wait can be long but every minute is worth it at this overseas debut of Ippudo, Japan's highly successful, trendy ramen chain from the Ramen King. You can't go wrong with any of the ramens on the menu but first-time visitors usually try the Shiromaru Hakata Classic, the thicker Akamaru Modern or the Spicy Tonkotsu. Each dish is customizable with extra toppings; the tender, braised pork belly and soy-flavored boiled egg are especially recommended. Those who are in an especially hungry mood can shout "Kae dama!", just like they do 10,000 miles away, to get another helping of noodles before the salty broth is finished.