Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

IVAN RAMEN, 25 Clinton Street (between East Houston Street and Stanton Street), Lower East SideIt’s a great story. Ivan Orkin is a nice Jewish boy from New York who fell in love with Japanese food, earned a culinary degree, and then became a huge success in Japan re-inventing one of the culture’s most beloved foods: ramen. That’s like if some Japanese guy moved to Texas and opened up BBQ restaurants and the locals actually embraced it. Probably not gonna happen.

But it did happen in Japan. And now Ivan has returned home and brought his inventive and critical takes on ramen dishes. I enjoyed the few dishes I’ve tried at his more casual slurp shop in Gotham West Market. But now that he has a full-fledged restaurant, there’s even more ramen to enjoy.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

There are countless Mexican carts in New York City, but only a few of them offer tacos, tortas, and huraches beyond the typical chicken, pork, and beef. El Rey del Sabor (the King of flavor) rolls out Mexican specialities like pambazo, huitlacoche (black corn), and chauplines (grasshoppers).


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