Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 02/05/2014
Photo: Melissa Hom
Gotham West Market
600 Eleventh Ave., 212-582-7940, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
New York City's ramen obsession has been steaming up thanks to hotspots like Ippudo, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Totto Ramen and Ganso. Now comes Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at Gotham West Market, a hip Hell's Kitchen food court at the base of a mega residential complex one block from the Hudson River. Owner Ivan Orkin hails from Long Island, New York, and opened two ramen joints in Japan before returning here and finding an enthusiastic audience for his rye noodle concoctions and rice bowls topped with smoked whitefish and salmon roe. Seven other fine food-related vendors (plus a bike shop) share the industrial floor plan, some with counter seating and others with bus-your-own communal tables. You could roam and graze all day, from fabulous sandwiches at Court Street Grocers to Seamus Mullen's inspired tapas at El Colmado to robust sausages, terrines and cocktails on draft at the Cannibal. The Brooklyn Kitchen also has an outlet, offering cooking classes, kitchen tools and selected produce and pantry items.