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Just about every neighborhood in New York can point to its local ramen shop, but none is quite like Ippudo NY, the sleek temple to Japanese soul food where youâ€™re just about guaranteed an hours-long wait. Still, itâ€™s an experience you should have at least once. This is one outpost of an almost-three-decades-old international empire based in Fukuoka, Japan, a city famous for its rich tonkotsu ramen built on a broth made from long-simmered pork bones. Ippudoâ€™s international ramen master, Shigemi Kawahara, perfected the tonkotsu that graces the menu here: The broth is so heavy with collagen itâ€™s almost creamy, and it boasts a pleasingly pungent odor. Itâ€™s lent impressive depth by springy noodles (made uptown, at Ippudoâ€™s westside location), meltingly tender chashu pork, soft-boiled eggs, scallions, black garlic oil, and pinkish pickled ginger. Pregame your bowl with edamame, renkon chips, tuna tartare, raw baby octopus with wasabi, or (our favorite) a sweet, fatty pork bun. And be sure to check the specials list for new creations.