• Momofuku Nishi

  • Italian $22-$40
  • 232 Eighth Ave.
    New York, NY 10011
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone: 646-518-1919
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Now that David Chang’s Momofuku is an international restaurant empire, there’s a question of what, exactly, a “Momofuku” restaurant really is. What does the name mean to diners, and how does that translate to the food and the space? It’s an issue that’s plagued Chelsea’s Momofuku Nishi since it opened at the beginning of 2016. The space has seen a series of identity shifts over the first 20 months since it opened, and that was before Chang and chef Joshua Pinsky closed to overhaul the restaurant and start over. It’s now Momofuku’s first Italian, with — get ready for it — very un-Momofuku-like cushioned seats and comfortable banquettes. The menu of dishes includes orecchiette with octopus and broccoli rabe, chitarra spaghetti with “duck-leg agrodolce,” and fried lobster fra diavolo with chile spaghettoni. Whether this approach will work — and appeal to the neighborhood’s diners — is still an open question. Even with Momofuku’s massive following, it’s tricky to pull off a restaurant redo and shift the public narrative.
http://nishi.momofuku.com/
  • Hours

    Daily, noon-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm

  • Prices

    $22-$40

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Dine at the Bar Lunch Notable Chef Reservations Not Required Online Reservation

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Recommended

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