Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
L at Eighth Ave.; A, C, E at 14th St.
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Tucked in a nook of Chelsea Market, Mokbar combines traditional Korean-style soup with Japanese-style noodles at an informal stool-lined counter. Lunchtime consists mostly of on-the-go street-food-style takeout, while dinner service focuses on seating at the wooden bar, which faces the open kitchen. Here, crowd-pleasing ho cakes (pork-belly-filled pancakes) crisp up before your eyes on the fryer, and the accompanying orange kimchi sauce is made fresh daily. Handmade pork and veggie dumplings (vegan versions also available) are more satisfying than bread-heavy mushroom tempura, but the largest and most interesting of the small-plate section is the rainbow hot rice, a small cast-iron skillet filled with rice, four colors of masago (roe), seaweed, spicy kimchi relish, and a fried egg. The ramen section branches far beyond classic: Go for the special kimchi version, with a thicker, bacon-y broth. This can be perfectly balanced with one of Mokbar’s teas, which can be made into cocktails with soju, like the citrus-y yuzu with strawberry slices or the Korean plum with orange slices.Weekend Brunch
Brunch—featuring breakfast ramen, kimchi bacon hash, and mochi French toast with red bean jam—will begin June 14.Recommended Dishes
Ho cake, $6; kimchi ramen, $13; yuzu tea, $3.50 ($8 with soju)