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Ippudo Reboots With Frozen Beer Slushies, Plus Four New Ramen Spots to Try

Ippudo's new beer bar (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Ippudo’s new beer bar (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

It’s still raining ramen out there– it seems we can’t go one week without a new opening. Here’s a round up of some of the newest places to slurp during noodle season.

Frozen beer machine (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Frozen beer machine (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, nr 10th street, East Village
This pioneer of New York’s Ramen craze recently closed for what store manager Yuske Nakamura says is an “iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s” upgrade. The space, originally meant to serve 200 guests a day, became so popular it quickly had to adjust to accommodating 800 – and all that turnover took a toll on the equipment and machinery. The upgrade will come in handy when Ippudo presents an expanded menu (expected in May) to include more vegetable-based ramen options and appetizers with global influences, like Spanish Iberico pork. There’s also a revamped beer bar at the front, now with Japanese craft beers on tap like Asahi and Orion (and the Ippudo collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery, Kaedama Ale). The biggest novelty is a slushy Kirin Ichiban machine to top your drink with frozen beer, a popular variation in Japan.

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Ramen Ridiculousness! Five New Places to Slurp Away

Slurping season is almost upon us, and this winter will bring more ramen options than ever before.

Ramen bowls at Noodle Beach. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Ramen bowls at Noodle Beach. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Ramen by Mew
7 Cornelia St., nr. West 4th Street, West Village
The basement izakaya known as Mew, which opened two years ago in Koreatown, is expanding with a ramen joint on Cornelia Street. They’re shooting for a December opening, but have already started posting photos of dishes on Instagram, including soft-boiled eggs topped with sea urchin, chashu pork belly, nanbanzuke (fried salmon with a vinegar-sake marinade), and tonkotsu ramen.

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