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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
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.
I don't understand...
By oishii10011 on 7/17/2007
I don't understand why people line up outside to get in to this place to have ramen noodle. The ramen they serve is NOT AT ALL the Ramen we call in Japan and it is even worse than those ramen soup you can by at a grocery store. The noodle is over cooked and the soup is bland and doesn't taste anything. Just salt and water. It is an insult to Japanese people to call it Ramenâ€“Japanese people's passion. In East village there are many good Ramen restaurant so why bother going this place for its decor and the critic's wrong review. Over priced and bad. I strongly recommend not to go there.
good service and even better food
By bubbleluv on 7/11/2007
well, i read a review on ny magazine before deciding to try this restaurant. so i knew that the menu wouldn't be your traditional asian cuisine but that it would have a more eclectic version. don't expect the same type of food you would see in chinatown. the service staff were attentive and nice and, with the open kitchen, it was interesting to see how the food were prepared and the efficiency of the chefs. i ordered a fish entree and it was so flavorful and delicious. i would have ordered the steamed buns which looked scrumptious but i was too full. i recommend to go there for an early dinner because the place really got busy quickly even on a rainy day. momofuku will definitely be on one of my regular stops.
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.
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.
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!
Pork Belly Flop
By ShibuyaDenizen on 5/14/2007
Having grown up in a Japanese restaurant family, I love ramen (even taking a 10 city ramen eating tour across Japan with my aunt in the early 90s after watching the movie Tampopo). I have always lamented how it is so difficult to get a decent bowl in the states. So when I heard about Momofuku, I had to try it with my Chinese eating buddy. Our experience: Had the Octopus Salad, Pork Buns, and Momofuku Ramen. The Pork buns, while passable, didn't impress my Chinese friend as being authentic. The salad was very good, and recommeded. Then came the ramen. The noodles are VERY mediocre and over cooked. The soup is horrible, not much more than salt and water, only flavored by the fatty pork. The condiments were not bad, but didn't work in harmony like even the ok ramen places do in Japan. Both of us were starving, but left both bowls half eaten, which is a first. The Coup de Grace is that it's WAY overpriced. Sorry folks, this is definitely American ramen, in the tradition of Yoshinoya Beef Bowl...
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!
gross. not worth the wait!
By esther919 on 2/1/2007
after waiting for about 1.5 hour i was SOOOOOOOOOOOO disappointed. everything was uber salty. we thought maybe we ordered the wrong stuff so we ordered some more plates. still no good. paying the bill seemed just plain wrong as it was the worst food i've ever had. we actually didn't eat much. we went next door and had a panini.
Hit this spot
By Mojima on 1/4/2007
The pork ramen was delicious, as was the chicken ramen (I know - we should have been more adventurous with such an eclectic menu - but that's what we were craving). Both dishes are big enough to share - so I would split one next time. The seating is a little cramped, and the place as a whole, is pretty small, but the food makes the tight quarters worth it. Note - if you're eating there on a cold day - you might want to sit away from the door. They keep the air conditioning on since the cooks are preparing everything right behind the bar, and it can get a bit cold with everyone going in and out the door.
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