Ali vs. Frazier.
Bulls vs. Blazers.
Joe vs. the Volcano.
... None of these fights was as delicious as this...
Pull up a chair for Ivan Ramen
(left) vs. Okonomi
, a battle between the two most
anticipated ramen spots of 2014, which happen to have sprung to life about a week apart. Let’s take a look
at the tale of the tape...
Ivan Orkin’s a New Yorker who, somehow,
became the most beloved ramen chef in Japan before returning for this (and the Slurp Shop at Gotham
Yuji Haraguchi built a massive Smorgasburg line into a couple pop-ups, and now
Ivan. No disrespect to Smorgasburg lines.
A narrow, classic LES space with a Japanese-comic mosaic
and a lunch-counter vibe. Check out the tiny patio out back.
10 seats of Japanese minimalism (and an orchid) on just about the most discreet
block in Williamsburg.
Okonomi. The ramen should do the talking.
Six different ramens including his classic
Tokyo-style salt-based version, along with 1,000-year-old deviled eggs and a take on a Coney dog with fries
that includes neither dog nor fries.
Yuji specializes in mazemen (less brothy ramen) served with things like mackerel
and ramps on the side. But look out for ramen omakase soon.
You. In a landslide.
25 Clinton St
(between Stanton and Houston)
New York, NY 10002
150 Ainslie St
(between Leonard and Lorimer)
Brooklyn, NY 11211