One of the things I consider when finding a place to eat at aside from serving good food is the story behind the food. Ivan Ramen’s story is interesting because it is successful attempt of a gaijin (i.e. foreigner) to make really, really, really good ramen.
I read Ivan Orkin’s story in his cookbook memoir of sorts, Ivan Ramen, so when I knew we were headed to NYC. Ivan Ramen was on my to-eat list, especially that the weather was nippy, one perfect for a bowl of hot ramen.