Ivan Orkin, the American who shocked Japan with his outrageously good Tokyo noodle shop, Ivan Ramen, is opening a New York City outpost. He spent years navigating the hundreds of ramen restaurants in Tokyo. He says he tells newbies looking for a deep dive into ramen to do a crawl through the basement of Tokyo Station in the Marunouchi district. There you’ll find Tokyo Ramen Street, a collection of solid ramen shops such as Rokurinsha and Shichisai, run by some of the better operators in Japan.
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