All Reader Reviews of...
171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
good but not great
By leonardcc on 10/1/2004
Great carbo load, and the flavoring is superb
By GrandmaZaza on 11/9/2010
Really great. I loved it, it was Strictly Amazing.
By pine on 2/1/2010
I've been there three times but never enjoyed their noodles. I like the Foie Gras appetier very much. The chicke wings are ok, but you can find them at any Japanese restaurants. Pork buns are also ok, but i prefer Ippudo's. If you like good ramen noodle, i would recommend Ippudo the same amount, same price but tastes 10 times better but wait is 10 times longer but worth it. also some Japanese restaurants, Japanese owend, have ramens, and usually they are pretty good. Service is always nice there. everybody is very sweet. They serve food with perfect timing, and water glass is never been empty.
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.
By vlad on 5/4/2007
Based on all the hype I have heard about this place, it was not bad. I expected a WOW but it was not bad. Be ready to smell as if you were soaked in the same soup pot as the Ramen noodles though specially if you are seated in front of the steamers like we were. And when they seat you, don't move over to the next seat as the waiters are quite territorial! Overall, not a bad experience. Good value, too!
Why is this place busy?
By catbunny on 11/1/2009
Had the special ramen...but they really only have 1 choice. It was mediocre at best...and probably some of the worst ramen that I've had at a place that is known for it. If you want overpriced, unworthy and zero flavor ramen/soup...then by all means...head over, wait in line for about 20 minutes, and enjoy the worst ramen in New York City.
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.
By omeko3 on 6/25/2007
I went into momofuku thinking I would have something uncomparable to anything I have ever eaten before. I couldn't have been more wrong, I had the Momofuku ramen and pork buns, the pork buns were nothing special, just pork with cucumber and some sauce that you would find with mooshoo. The ramen was ok, kinda tasted like cup noodles with pork and less seasoning. The place was packed at 3PM on a saturday, and the service was horrible. The waitress' looks down upon the customer and if you want anything you have to hunt them down. Maybe it's just me but, if I am paying 15 dollars for a bowl of noodles I should have decent service. Overall the food was ok, nothing special but still pretty good, the service was horrible, and it was pricy for what you got.
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...
By lazysundae on 6/20/2007
I was at Men Kui Tei one night when another patron suggested Momofuku. He wasn't Asian - that should've been an indicator right there. I went and had the ramen, which was served in a boring, watery, lackluster broth. That was over 3 years ago and I haven't been back since. David Chang is taking over Manhattan!
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