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ICHIRAN Midtown

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Japanese, Asian, Soups
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Midtown
0.2 miles from Empire State Building
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Takeout Available
  • All employees are fully vaccinated
Updated 04/22/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 04/22/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

Had Ichiran for the first time in Japan. Have missed it every day since. It tastes EXACTLY the same as what we had in Japan. I definitely expected the quality to dip, but by God these Americans can make a mean bowl of noodles. I...am happy to know I no longer need to take a 10+ hour flight to Japan to get Ichiran. I now only need to take a short flight, or somewhat longer drive down to NYC. Worth it. The service was excellent and everyone was very polite and helpful. there was a line when we showed up, but we got in within about 20 minutes. Keep in mind we went on a Saturday night, so I can't say for sure if it's always that busy.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2021 via mobile

If you love ramen, you need to try this place. It is a very different experience from ones I have been to before. I recommend this place and will be backz

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021

First off, the food and the service was so amazing. What a unique experience, they are very serious about COVID safety but once we were seated in our own cubbies our waitress explained to us how to fill our order. The menu is simple and...we went with the classic Tonkotsu ramen, witch is this very flavorful pork bone broth accompanied with traditional toppings. Prices are higher but this is non tipping establishment so it’s understandable. I know next time we’re in NYC, we’ll be back. Thank you for this multi sensory experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Absolutely horrible. WORST TAKEOUT IN HISTORY. Check your items when you are doing takeout. Missed half the items in my takeout order. I paid 60 dollars for something that should’ve cost 36. I don’t have my drinks. I don’t have my added toppings. I don’t...have my extra noodles. Ichiran is just so overrated. Overpriced. And do not care at all for their customers.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

You going to sit in your own booth to eat what is a fantastic way to have lunch! Grate food and friendly staff! Would go here for a nice bowl of Ramen any day of the week!

Date of visit: February 2020
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2020

Thanks so much! We can't wait to help you again.

Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Ichiran is one of the traditional eating places that you may find in Japan but this is in NY. I came here with my friend to try their soup. It has a long table but you sit facing the server area, not your company. Your...company sits next to you both are divided by a divider on either side. So, it’s a place for one no matter how many people you go with. We both ordered ramen soups because that’s what they are known for. I gave the meat to my friend, so I indulged in the ramen vegetable soup. It was not bad at all. The broth was pretty tasty. The portion was pretty good too. It served with an egg on the side. It was a good day to have soup, raining and cold. If you want to experience this unique setting, come visit and have a soup or two.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

Thanks NoraFrydman, we hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

I went here for lunch today!! I have been to the Times Square location 3 times and I had something I needed to go to on 37th street and this was 6 blocks away!! I have said this in my other reviews but I am...now legally a 16 year old!! I realized adulthood will be in my near future and so I will have a job and hopefully a girlfriend!! I was thinking about it and if my girlfriend ever breaks up with me I will go to this state park in Brooklyn afterwards so I would feel better!! I just realized today that if I ever get fired I will come here and get the most amazing ramen to drown my sorrows in!! This place always lifts my spirits and gets me in the best mood I can be in!! The ramen is the best in the entire city and it comes in a box!! The noodles and the egg are cooked perfectly and they only have one kind of ramen on the menu!! It is very very very good and so you should all come here!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2020

Hi Josh, we really appreciate your feedback and such kind words! We're looking forward to serving you again.

Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

I visited the location near Penn Station since it closes just after midnight after an early evening arrival into NYC. I arrived to no waiting and allowed to choose my own seat. Since there were plenty of seats to the side the hostess directed me...to, I plopped down to my cubicle. Since it was in the midst of the Winter season, they had coat hooks behind my cubicle, along with a water dispenser. There is minimal talking between you and the server. I know I got a bit confused with what I ordered since I ended up getting double the pork, seaweed, and scallions. I did purposefully order a small portion, ½ kae-dama, of noodles. Overall I enjoyed my first Ichiran experience. The price was fair, even if I ordered a bit too much. The taste was very good and ranked among my favorites, though I am not much of a ramen connoisseur. I would definitely return on a wintry day.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2020

We appreciate your feedback, aznmadscience, and look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed December 17, 2019 via mobile

The ramen at Ichiran is the best I’ve had so far! You start out with a base ramen and then can add each item. It does get to be expensive. You can also select your level of saltiness and spice. They allow you to purchase...additional noodles at a lower price however, if you would like the broth, you’ll pay the full price. The staff was friendly and helpful. The seating was different. We had a party of 4. Each of us were seated in our own cubby with a small partition between each cubby. In front of each cubby was a window with a bamboo blind. There’s a door bell on the table to ring for help. When a server arrived, he / she opened the blind, however, it was low and so all you saw were their chest and crotch. Water is self serve using a free standing water cooler in a central location. Overall, we enjoyed Ichiran!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2019

Happy to hear it! See you soon.

Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

Ichiran is a famous Ramon chain from Japan and in New York it does offer very delicious Ramen, same taste like in Japan. It also adopts similar system like in Japan, except you order through paper, not through a vending machine. Service is very fast...and efficient, we eat in our own personal ‘booth’ but pricing is a lot more expensive than in Japan. If you like Ramen while in NY, this is a place to visit.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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490taylorc, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2019

Thanks Richard, we hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed December 3, 2019 via mobile

We arrived around 5pm. The wait time was around 40 minutes for a party of two. The special individual booths are rather cool and the ordering/serving system is pretty efficient. However, the illusion was broken once we started eating the ramen. It came in a...strange rectangular container with very little broth and ramen inside. I ordered additional ramen and it was also very small. The recommended five dollar add-on was very underwhelming with dry chashu and egg that you need to peel yourself. For a speed and ramen focused individual experience having to slowdown to peel the egg causes a bit of pacing issue. Also the egg I got was cooked all the way through unlike eggs that come in other ramen places. I also ordered the special chashu dish for 9 dollars and it was rather mediocre as well. This really was a “come here once” experience to see what all the hype was about for us. We will not be coming back. There are better ramen in nyc for far cheaper price with more serving too.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Taylor C, Public Relations Manager at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2019

Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that you had a less than stellar experience. We want to work hard for our guests to ensure that they have the best possible experience, each and every time they choose us. We hope you...More

Reviewed November 26, 2019 via mobile

We came here for the solo ramen experience, with low expectations for the food. We were pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted! The staff were friendly and accommodating, making sure to seat parties in booths next each other. We arrived around 10pm on a...cold Saturday and there was a line out the door. But it moved fast and was worth the wait. We ordered one vegetarian ramen, one plain pork ramen with no egg, spices or veggies, and one standard pork ramen with all the fixings. It doesn’t say on the menu, but the first refill of noodles are complimentary. We loved the flavors, but felt the price was high. Especially since we’ve all been to japan and had similar ramen at a lower price point, even in pricey Tokyo. It was a very relaxing experience and I recommend you go at least once.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Taylor C, Public Relations Manager at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2019

Thank you for your review! We really appreciate it!

Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

I ate at ICHIRAN Midtown for an early lunch in early November 2019. I’ve eaten at multiple ICHIRAN locations in Japan and I must say that this location met the same high quality standards. I was familiar with ICHIRAN’s ordering process but the staff were...happy to answer any customers questions about how to order. Ramen arrived quickly and I was in and out of the restaurant in about twenty minutes. Ramen tasted just like it did in Japan a few months ago. The staff did not rush me at all rather I was in a hurry to catch a train at nearby Penn Station.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Taylor C, Public Relations Manager at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2019

Thanks a lot! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

My first experience at Ramen restaurant. A bit confusing to say the least but an interesting experience I went with the price fixed ramen and and and

Date of visit: November 2019
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Ichiran-NY, Owner at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2019

Happy to hear it! See you soon.

Reviewed November 4, 2019

I was visiting a client in New York City near Korea Town. Somebody at clients office recommended to check out some great Korean restaurants nearby. It was a bit windy October evening and I needed something warm and hearty. I tried to find restaurants recommended...to me but being amidst the skyscrapers google maps was not working properly and I could not locate the recommendations. I had to catch a long island train so started to walk towards Penn station and saw a queue forming in front of a restaurant. I had never seen a queue outside any restaurants in USA (including New York city) and I thought it must be really good. I had never heard of Ichiran and so had no idea what to expect. They have a set menu of only one item, Ichiran ramen. While in the queue somebody handed us a sheet of paper which I thought would be menu, but it was an food ordering stub which had just one item. You can add sides and drinks to it which are mentioned on the paper. The recommended set was about $25 and the basic ramens were for $18.90. Since I had never heard of this place so I went for just the ramen. Once you reach the front of queue a usher/server would check a board which has a sequence of booths with red and green light for occupied and unoccupied seats. You will be directed to one of the unoccupied tables. If you are in a group the whole is taken in together. Once I reached in the lower floor hall (it was a two floor restaurant) it was a series of small desks like computer stations in a internet cafe but without a computer. Every body is assigned a different desk. If you wish to go in a group remember that it will not be a single table with chairs around it. All of you will be on separate tables which could be adjacent to each other. You place your sheet in front of you, somebody lifts the jute mat, checks your sheet and informs you if something is wrong with the order. Service, once seated, is fast and ramen bowl arrives in under 5 minutes. I love noodles but this one was completely different. The noodle broth or soup was complete magic. It was the most heartiest soup I ever had, and this is what you need on a chilly night. Pork was so tender and cooked so well, you did not had to out any effort to chew it. You get one helping of soup but if you need more noodles you can ask them which is charged extra. You can choose how tender or firm you want your noodles to be. It was the most customizable noodle place I have ever been to. You can choose how tender or firm noodle you want, spice level, quantity, size of additional helping etc. I am a light eater and could not finish one bowl. Once finished you pay your bill while leaving and you dont have to pay a tip! Overall it was a series of unique experiences that this place provides. It is a little on a pricey side but it is totally worth it just for the overall experience.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Taylor C, Public Relations Manager at ICHIRAN Midtown, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2019

Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon!

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ICHIRAN Midtown is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5