Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hail Hirata

Chef Hirata of Ippudo gets fancy and serves us up his latest off the menu creation! A piece of duck meat, wrapped in shiso leaf drizzled with balsamic vinegar AND a homemade tortilla cracker with cream cheese and fish stomach over the top. Since moving to New York to head up the kitchen at Ippudo, he has been inspired by local western ingredients and tastes and has been playing with mixing them into traditional Japanese recipes. Back in June, he snuck this amazing spicy ramen on the menu with cilantro and came with limes that you squeeze in to cut the heat and it gave it this whole mexican-inspired taste that really worked! It's exciting and can't wait to see what he gets me to try next! He plans to maybe put the duck dish on the menu next month.

Also line ups at Ippudo have now gotten even worse with the cold weather and the average wait time on a weekday night is approximately 2 hours! I recommend coming in 2 hours before your desired dinner time and putting your name down for that time. Then come back for your reservation. They do not take reservation unless its in person and 2 hours ahead on the same day.

65 4 Ave
New York, NY
(212) 388-0088

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