We tried Ippudo as an alternative to Momofuku, and we were really pleased. We went to the West Side location. The service was excellent from the hostess to the wait staff. There was a long wait as it was a Saturday night, but we just cozied up to the bar, where we ordered some edamame, steamed pork buns, and cocktails. The steamed pork buns are not to be missed.
Our server was excellent. She even made our cocktails for us at the table, and explained how best to order our ramen. I tried the traditional style with an egg and pork belly added to it. It was the best ramen I've ever had. Would go again in a heartbeat.