Ever since Shigemi Kawahara opened his first shop in Japan in 1985, Ippudo has been bringing its take on the 400-year tradition of Japanese ramen to the world. Ippudo first landed in the East Village in 2008 and has seen lines out the door of its New York locations ever since. Kuro-Obi offers the popular Ippudo style and quality without the wait. Kuro-Obi elevates the precise craft of true Japanese ramen making into a takeaway format. Ippudo's Ramen Master has created a new ramen recipe for Kuro-Obi, which will focus on "tori paitan", a silky chicken base.