NYC has really become quite the ramen town. There are so many options that I can't keep up. But when a friend asks, "ramen for lunch today?", you don't hesitate. Especially when this friend is gluten sensitive and will forego the subsequent uncomfortableness for some delicious ramen. Let this be known that Ippudo Westside does a gluten free rice based noodles with a vegetable broth. But that latter part didn't interest my friend at all. Vegetable broth? He wants the pork, thank you very much.
For his ramen, he had the Karaka-men ($14) with a spicy tonkatsu broth and thin noodles. The garnishes are pork chasu, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, and garlic oil. But that wasn't enough. He also added a soft boiled egg (+$2) and spicy paste (+$2). Oh man, he loved this. Spicy, rich, warming, and filling. He was a slurp happy customer.
Oh and if you're worried about the wait time which can get snarly at peak times, go before 12noon and you should be fine.
321 W 51st Street
New York, NY 10019