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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
Skip this trendy noodle bar!
By randy0682 on 10/7/2009
Overrated, Overrated, Overrated! Skip this place and try any number of other sushi/noodle places in the east village (for much less money)! Here, you will wait two hours for small indescribable, non-creative dishes that are nothing special. (I had to go to Pomme Frite after dinner because I was so hungry!!) Unless you know the manager don't expect good service here.
An OK place
By Mioz on 10/7/2009
Nothing special really... The decor was really nice, and the service was OK, the food was also OK but that was about it actually. I'm not unhappy about going there, try it, but I don't feel the urge to go back.
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.
Too expensive but ramen was good
By overdedge on 2/23/2009
Can't top the pork in this place ... probably the best thing they have going for them. Noodles were a little hard. Broth was a little salty. But what really killed it was the fact I had to pay $20 (including tip) for a not so generous portion of ramen.
Overrated Noodle Bar!
By pei on 2/11/2009
After seeing the name "David Chang" everywhere, I decided to try Momofuku. I gotta be honest, it was a major major disappointment. I still don't understand what the hype is about?? First of all, the bar is very elegantly decorated and simple, very comfy. And that will be the only surprise you get. I ordered its ramen, shitaki buns. I would say the buns were delicious. But hey, I am a Chinese; With a bottle of hoisin sauce and buns from market, I can manage to make the same stuff myself but they charge you $9 for it?? What skill does it take to do those? I am also a japanese ramen noodle fan. OMG! I can tell you that their ramen is sooooo plain. If you're into ramen noodles, you'd know the broth is utmost important. Their broth is just so common. Don't expect me to go back there....DISAPPOINTMENT!! I gotta say..you're not all that...
Meh - It was just OK
By DannyG933 on 12/31/2008
I went with my friend last night to see how Momofuku held up against other Ramen joints in NYC. The Ramen was really salty. (I ordered the Momofuku Ramen.) So much so I couldn't finish my meal after getting half way through it. The pork buns were good but not exceptional. The service was fine and I enjoy watching the cooks in the open kitchen. Get there early or prepare for a wait. People were lining up around 7PM. I will go back to give it one more chance but over all it was not worth the money. If you are going to spend some cheese on Ramen I recommend Ippudo NY.
its delicious but super expensive
By charliekatsu on 8/1/2008
i'll put it this way - if money wasn't an object, i would eat here every day ... could do without the annoying WASPy scenesters though
Don't Waste Your Time!!!
By kheaney on 7/25/2008
Why pay 15 dollars for a bowl of ramen when you can get it for 25 cents at the super market? The seating is very annoying as you have to share picnic benches with other people. When my boyfriend and I got there we were shocked to see it was empty after reading stories about the line going out the door. We ordered the pork buns which were good, but very small. Then we had Momofuku Ramen and it was disgusting. It was tasteless and the noodles were mushy. We left very disappointed with a high bill that was a slap in the face considering the poor quality of the food. My boyfriend ended up getting food poisoning from something he ate there. DO NOT GO!!!! Not worth your time or $$$!!!!!!!!!
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.
Is This Suppose to Be Asian Food ????
By mshimizu on 2/1/2008
Being Japanese and lived in Europe, Calf, NY I have tasted Authentic and Fusion asian food, but I really don't get it .... ??? The Ramen (noodles) is so Bland, please use some type of Broth.... very disappointed with the food..... the pork bun is avg.. not worth the wait......
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