A ramen pop-up with a cult following is coming to Boston for only two nights

Ivan Orkin will bring his signature Ivan Ramen to Uni and Trillium Brewing in March.

Ivan Ramen pop-up
Ivan Ramen is popping up at Trillium and Uni. –Ivan Ramen

Boston is rife with quality ramen spots, but there’s always room for more — especially when it’s Ivan Ramen. The cult favorite has a dedicated following in New York City, and its owner, Ivan Orkin, has an equally fervent fan base (you may know him from season three of “Chef’s Table”).

For two nights in March, Orkin is bringing his famed ramen to two trendy Boston restaurants: Uni and Trillium Brewing.

On March 27, Orkin will take over the kitchen at Trillium Fort Point for a three-course, prix fixe meal. Guests first will need to buy a $15 ticket — which will go on sale Thursday at noon — to secure a spot at one of two seatings: 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Tickets include a 13.5-ounce lager glass designed by Trillium, as well as a pour of an exclusive lager brewed with rye, steamed rice, and jasmine flowers. From there, guests can order à la carte from Trillium’s menu or indulge in a $50 prix fixe dinner, which includes dishes from Trillium chef Michael Morway as well as specialties from Orkin like a New York pastrami bun, Japanese fried chicken with caramel garlic sauce and shisho ranch, Tokyo shoyu ramen, and Triple Pork Triple Garlic Mazemen.


The following evening, March 28, Orkin will return to Uni for his third annual pop-up, where he will present some of Ivan Ramen’s specialties like pickled daikon XO, Tokyo shio ramen, and spicy lamb dan dan noodles. Uni’s à la carte menu offering sushi, sashimi, and street food also will be available — though let’s be honest, you’ll be there for the ramen. Reservations at the Back Bay’s modern izakaya can be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant, and you’d be wise to secure one now; previous years have seen guests lining up before 5:30 p.m., which is when the pop-up officially starts.

Ivan Ramen at Trillium Fort Point; 50 Thomson Place, Boston; March 27 at 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; tickets can be purchased here. Ivan Ramen at Uni; 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston; March 28 at 5:30 p.m.; reservations can be made online or by calling 617-536-7200.