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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
By cupcakemonster on 6/16/2008
Went on a Monday a little after 5 and was seated immediately. Had the pork buns, the sweatbreads, and the pork ramen. Thought the pork bun was great (mm...fat. And I liked the cucumber slices in the bun, which is weird because I usually don't like them), as well as the sweetbreads (more cucumber slices), which I were trying for the first time. Wasn't too crazy about the ramen though. The broth tasted too salty for me and the noodles were overcooked, though that didn't bother me as much as the broth. The staff was very attentive. The head chef offered me a girl scout cookie. I declined. I wanted to have the aftertaste of pork bun in my mouth. I like open kitchens, so that was fun. I do feel like the stuff is a little pricey, but I would go back for the pork buns. I'm also curious about trying other things that they have.
New favorite restaurant
By goodeatin on 9/27/2004
Affordable, delicious food with a fun young crowd. Best of all, Saki bombs! Nothing wrong with that. A great place to start out the night or for a quick bite. I highly recommend Momofuku. Just don't anger the cook, he's huge!
the best ramen in nyc
By wburg on 11/19/2010
the momofuku ramen is the best ramen dish i have ever had in nyc. small portion of meat, which is common at noodle spots. the bbq pork buns are amazing as well. everything else is pretty mixed. everything is overpriced. poor service. cool decor but not very comfortable. horrible service. this spot is very popular, so i recommend avoiding it during peak times if you don't like to wait. all these downsides are well worth it for consistently getting the best ramen i've had in the states that is up there with the bowls you find in japan.
My favorite restaurant in this price range
By bonniek on 12/4/2005
Fantastic food. It's all about the quality of ingredients -- such as Berkshire pork. As you can see in the photos, you will be sitting on a stool -- this is a noodle bar. I prefer Momofuku for lunch than dinner as it is, fundamentally, quite casual. But it's all about the food. Great noodles, and other dishes. Try the wings. Steamed pork buns are incredible. This is a place for folks who love food.
best pork bun in town
By paulvcarter on 9/26/2005
We have been going to this place since it opened nearly a year ago and it's always wonderful. It has however got much more expensive. The pork bun is the best anywhere - period. The noodles are excellent as is pretty much everything else. The lines suck, the seating sucks but the food.....is worth it.
Quick Bite with a Small Group
By cnicole90 on 8/1/2011
I came here for the first time last week with two friends. It was a Monday, and there was still about a 15-20 minute wait. When we did get seated it was at the bar/countertop, but we didn't really mind. The place was packed and loud, but if your looking to grab a fairly quick bite and get a little change of scenery, it's a good place to go. I ordered the Ginger Scallion Noodles and they were really delicious- perfect portion too. My friends and I split the pretzel-cake-ball things for dessert which were interesting; they came in a portion of three so we each had one and that was quite enough. I wouldn't have been able to eat all three as they are very rich, almost like eating salty, crunchy raw cookie dough. All in all, I would go back again if I were looking for that type of quick, easy, high-energy environment kind of night.
Prices have doubled in 2 years
By franks12 on 6/5/2009
This used to be one of my favorite places when I moved to the neighborhood two years ago and could get a bowl of pork ramen for $9.... since then the prices have jumped to $16 for a bowl of ramen and $9 for bbq pork buns. The food is delicious but no longer worth the price especially with the so-so service and tight seating conditions. If the prices go back down to a reasonable ramen price i would love to return but not until then.
By lizzynyc on 11/5/2007
I initially read about this spot in a review on Juli B and the thing no one seems to mention is that this place seats only 14. The berkshire pork buns are a good reason to go.
Crave the buns
By exciteme on 7/7/2007
The place serves some amazing pork buns. The mushroom pork buns are even better! Its unusual for me to have cravings, and I sometimes have cravings for those buns. The ramen is mediocre and a bit salty for my taste.
hard core noodle soup bar
By eatdat on 6/20/2005
We liked the place for a casual dinner or lunch. The appertizers are very good, but the noodles need some improvement. Seeing the chefs at work right is front of you is also a nice treat.
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