I am very lucky to have friends who seek out and appreciate food adventures just as much as I do. On Sunday night Rachel and I tried Ippudo in NYC. Ippudo is a Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in NYC’s East Village that has been written up several times as being the best place for Japanese style noodles in the city. Rachel is my go-to foodie for everything. We originally tried Momofuku Noodle Bar together so there was no way either one of us was going to Ippudo without the other. Rachel, being the great person she is, put our name down at Ippudo and waited over an hour for our table…I had the easy job of just showing up. We both planned ahead and were good girls and got our workout in on Sunday so we could stuff our faces in the evening (so thank you Jenny for killing me on Sunday…always love when I feel like I am going to die 30 seconds into your spin class and have the pleasure of experiencing it for an additional 45 minutes).
We couldn’t stop commenting on the restaurants atmosphere. We loved sitting at a large communal table, but even more we LOVED the food. We asked our waitress what the best and most popular dishes were, and without any hesitation ordered whatever she said (a very risky move considering I don’t eat “weird” or raw meats). The ordering was a major success. This is what we had (and I would suggest you order the same):
Yamitsuki Goma Kyuri: Japanese cucumber seasoned with Ippudo’s original sesame oil sauce
Hirata Buns (Pork): Steamed buns filled with either pork, chicken, or eggplant & eringi mushrooms served with Ippudo’s original spicy buns sauce
Miso Ramen: Soy bean paste flavored noodle in the original “Tonkotsu” (pork) based soup with pork chashu, cabbage, menma, ginger, and scallions
Akamaru Modern: The original silky “Tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles topped with Ippudo’s secret “Umami Dama” miso paste, pork chashu, cabage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil
We left feeling so full (logical) but our food adventure wasn’t over (also logical). Rachel mentioned that she had heard of a great ice cream place around the corner. That to me was an obvious next stop. With all the intentions in the world to just try a few flavors we headed one block east to Sundaes and Cones. After sampling the corn, sesame, green tea, and pistachio flavors (I told you I love sampling every flavor possible) we decided we could squish a little something sweet into our stuffed stomachs. We split a scoop of the pistachio. I mean it was the creamiest most delicious ice cream ever! I have plans to return and try more flavors in the near future with Miranda (my other foodie adventurer and connoisseur).
My fat Sunday was delicious and fun! There are many more foodie adventures ahead but between now and the Sports Bra Challenge I guess I need to keep them to a minimum 🙂