Slurp Shop and dreamy Creamy.

dievca’s Foodie friend introduced her to Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side.
Fabulous! But a pain to get to for dievca.

dievca hadn’t visited the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop on the West Side until she took her Scandinavian friend, this week.  It was a good call.  The shop is located at the Gotham West Market on 600 11th Ave, in Hell’s Kitchen.

Along with Ramen, dievca and her friend sampled the Ample Hill Creamery offerings.

More about Ivan Ramen:

Ivan’s journey began with a dishwashing job at a sushi bar when he was 15. He discovered a culture and cuisine that would shape the rest of his life. Upon graduation high school,  Ivan decided to major in Japanese language and literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating, Ivan immediately moved to Japan to teach English and he quickly cemented his love of everything Japanese.

He returned to the US in 1990 and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, and began his culinary training.

Upon graduation from the CIA, and stints at Mesa Grill, Lutece, and Restaurant  Associates, Ivan returned to Tokyo to live in the country that he fell in love with. He had still never given thought to combining his love for cooking and Japan, but that was soon to change. Ivan was anxious to start a food-related business in Japan but was unsure of which direction to take. He thought about opening a cooking school, a sandwich shop, even a pizzeria. It was his wife’s suggestion that he open a ramen shop.

This move seemed destined for failure in a country where ramen enjoys a cult-like status. Incredibly,Ivan not only succeeded, but became one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo, an unheard of accomplishment for a foreigner. In 2010 a second shop, Ivan Ramen Plus, was opened. In 2012, Ivan returned to NY with the hopes of opening a business back home, while continuing to run his two shops in Tokyo. In the meantime his cookbook  “Ivan Ramen” was published. His first venture in the US, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, opened at the Gotham West Market on 600 11th Avenue in November of 2013 to huge crowds and critical acclaim.

Soon after, his US flagship, Ivan Ramen opened at 25 Clinton Street on New York’s Lower East side.


2 Comments on “Slurp Shop and dreamy Creamy.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As a foodlover I would take the trouble of getting to the East Village for Ivan’s ramen anytime I’m in NY. At the present I’am mastering the art of Vietnamese Pho (soup). And it’s not easy. Any nice Vietnamese restaurants in NY that you know of? By the way – if I ever get to NY you are more then welcome to join me on my quest for nice food.

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    • dievca says:

      welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I am not the amazing foodie that you are, but I ran into good Vietnamese food when living in Midtown. Cha Pa’s Noodle and Grill. https://www.chapasnyc.com/ It’s been a long time since I have been there, but I remember it being quite good.

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