Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rumor: DC Restaurant Week Summer 2012 Dates

A brief update: my move to a new city has been complete, and I've finally secured a great new job after months of searching, so hopefully I will get back to posting more frequently!

In more important news, I've been checking the official DC Restaurant Week website frequently, hoping to catch the announcement of the dates of DC's summer restaurant week this year early so that I'm not locked out of perennial RW faves like Birch & Barley, but nothing has been posted yet.  However, when investigating restaurants for the boyfriend's first celebratory dinner in the nation's capital, I visited Rasika's site and noticed a link for an RW menu!  Upon clicking, it appears that Rasika will be offering their prix fixe menus during the week of August 13-18.  It's ok to take this with a grain of salt, but it also can't hurt to snag a few choice reservations now on Open Table before the news becomes widespread, just in case!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Lunch at Ippudo

Despite living in a neighborhood with a ramen restaurant on practically every block, I had never eaten in one - a problem I knew I had to fix before moving away.  Ippudo is famed for their Tonkotsu ramen and the wait time to access it.  On a recent daytime stroll through the East Village, I stopped by and learned that going for a weekday lunch is clearly the key to avoiding the infamous hours long wait at dinner; after walking in, I barely had time to check in on Foursquare before I was escorted to a communal table.  After much research on the best bowl of noodles to get, I knew to order the Akamaru Modern which was by far the most heralded dish on the menu (which isn't to say others haven't received props on the interwebs - I'd love to try the Shiromaru Hakata Classic sometime).  What I received was a revelation.  I tried British import Wagamama when it opened up in Harvard Square years ago to much hype, then shrugged and went back to Cup 'o Noodles for my college budget ramen needs.  This soup however, was incredible. the broth was silky and porky (it actually made me thankful my parents didn't raise me particularly religiously, I would hate to be missing out on this or have lapsed guilt).  The noodles were thin and perfect.  I am definitely getting the option with extra pork next time, that one perfect slice of tender pork belly left me scraping the bowl to see if there was more. I didn't fare too badly with the chopsticks either ::pats self on back::  The service was fantastic as well: fast and friendly, and I appreciated the cup of tea that came with the bill.  All in all, I'd say this place is definitely worth the hype - just try to come for lunch if you can!

Ippudo NY
65 Fourth Ave
New York, NY 10003