There's been a ton of buzz surrounding the New York homecoming of Long Island-bred ramen guru, Ivan Orkin. While his full Lower East Side shop is still in the works, noodle lovers can now slurp down bowls at his aptly-named spot inside the sprawling Gotham West Market. A two-part broth (it's a blend of fish dashi and schmaltz-infused chicken) gives his shio (salt) a rich unctuousness, but the noodles are the true star. Made from both wheat and rye flours, the strands are springy and chewy, truly some of the best I've had.
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, 600 11th Ave. at W. 44th St. (212-582-9351)