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If you heart ramen soup, and pork belly buns, then you have to eat at Ippudo on 65 4th Avenue! This NYC gem is a popular chain over in Japan where there are now 43 locations from Tokyo to Osaka. "Ramen King" Shigemi Kawahara has mastered the art of the rich, flavorful broths, perfectly al dente noodles and array of tender delicious toppings which make this soup worth the 45 min wait you will most likely endure before you are seated. 

It's all good though because the chefs welcome everyone through the curtain with familiar shouts, like we were all college drinking buddies once, and the host offers you hot tea while you browse the menu options. Of course it's just soup, but the options seem endless. Pork broth, chicken broth or seafood broth? Or a combo? What sized noodle, what toppings?

I recommend starting with the pork belly buns while you decide. They are a bite out of heaven, and I still drool a tiny bit when I think about them. Do yourself a favor and head over to this joint next time your stuck in the NY rain and get a heartwarming bowl of ramen soup.
Afterall, it is MY SOUP DU JOUR.