I've been following Ivan Orkin ever since I read about him in the first issue of Lucky Peach. So, when I heard he was opening Ivan Ramen's Slurp Shop in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, I knew I had to go. (I mean, odds are I'm not making it to his flagship in Japan anytime soon.)
What I didn't realize was that it was nestled into Gotham West Market - an adorable incubator of food concepts on 11th Avenue between 44th and 45th. Upon entering, I went all wide-eyed and wanted to try everything. After all, there are eight different artisanal food purveyors and it's really hard to decide where to focus.
But, I was on a mission, so I sidled up to Ivan Ramen's and ordered the Spicy Red Chile Ramen... mostly because it sounded like a dare. It was hearty, spicy, delicious... and certainly cleared the sinuses. It came with minced pork and smashed egg, so I thought adding pork belly and egg might be too much. Next time, I'd go big and layer those on too. The richness would balance out the heat.
|Spicy Red Ramen at Ivan Ramen's Slurp Shop|
|Jeni's Ice Cream Sandwich from Brooklyn Kitchen|