Ippudo in NYC

You know, I haven’t posted anything regarding ramen in years it seems — for those new to the site, it used to be a popular topic for me — so here’s a bit of ramen news for you.

Chikaranomoto Company Co, which runs the popular “Ippudo” chain of Hakata ramen restaurants across Japan, plans to open its New York branch later this year, company officials said Tuesday.

The company, which has secured a ground floor retail space totaling about 260 square meters in Manhattan’s East Village, plans to offer the classic “tonkotsu” (pork stock) and other ramen menu items almost identical to those served in Japan, they said.

They opened an Ippudo shop in Ikebukuro not far from my place earlier this year, and it’s become one of my faves in the area.