FInally had a chance to check out Gotham West Market, more specifically the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop.
Honestly, I don't get the hype. The Shoyu Ramen was just blah! One small piece of chashu on the otherwise plain ramen, dressed up with a handful of scallions on top. There's nothing special about the broth either.
My friend did enjoy her chicken donburi. She described the Napa Cabbage Salad with bean sprouts, carrots, and miso sesame dressing as an Asian coleslaw. It definitely looked better than it tasted.
I don't think I'll be in any hurry to check out the new Ivan Ramen flagship restaurant in the Lower East Side.
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop @ Gotham West Market
600 11th Avenue (Between 44th & 45th Street)