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Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
212-777-7773

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6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 6
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unauthentic japanese ramen noodles

By quincy on 5/7/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I tried 3 other times to eat here, but this place is never open. The noodles were too soft & soggy, the soup base lacked flavor, &t he pork was just okay. The service was poor & unattentive. This place is a wannabe japanese noodle shop that just doesn't cut it. For noodles, I prefer Rai Rai Ken or Minka.

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246 out of 537 people found this review helpful.

Is This Suppose to Be Asian Food ????

By mshimizu on 2/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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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118 out of 215 people found this review helpful.

Pork Belly Flop

By ShibuyaDenizen on 5/14/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

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...

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320 out of 669 people found this review helpful.

This ramen shop is not authentic at all!

By oishii10011 on 11/13/2006

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

My coworker told me this place was excellent and so yummy. I took her word and went in. The decor is modern and simple. The waitress was very friendly. But when we had ramen which was $14!, well it looked good first then at my first bite I knew it was bad. It was soft, overcooked. It tasted like those instant ramen noodle you can buy at Duane Read. The the soup. No taste, no flavor! It was just soy sauce, watered down chicken soup and salt. Really awful. How could this owner say he was in Tokyo and mastered how to make the authentic ramen. He should go back and start from scratch!

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292 out of 584 people found this review helpful.

Bad Noodles Sinks Ramen

By TSiegman on 2/27/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The ramen noodle were a sticky glutinous mess that sank to the bottom of our bowls and our stomachs. Since this is primarily a ramen restaurant, that qualifies as a critical defect. The gyoza were of the Chinese thick-skinned variety, heavy and leaden, not the light Japanese pot-sticker that one would expect with a name like Momo-fuku. The dipping sauce was bland. The idea of an American take on ramen is a good one. The pork was tasty. But, overall, not one of the three of us would ever go there again. Stay away.

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252 out of 528 people found this review helpful.

Food is terrible

By sale on 11/8/2004

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I find the soup base too salty and had a funny after taste and the noodles had strong flour tase. I went there b/c it had good review from Daily news but I was very disappointed- I was so sorry I dragged my 4 friends to this place. they actually wanted to eat Italian and I said- no try this place. i felt so bad that I ended up picking up the bill. the place had poor uncomfortable sitting and the ramen really sucked.

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Dante's 10th Circle of Hell

By bright10 on 3/6/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

No reservations. Nowhere to wait in the restaurant for your 45 minutes to an hour before you MIGHT be seated. Blaring music so loud you can't hear. Other hopeful and desperate patrons pushing and shoving to get to the hostess to find out "how much longer." Craning their necks, hungry and scared. Trying to be fashionable - so they can say they went there "last night." And then you are seated -- though the seats have no arms. And no backs. And it might be a bar stool. With people you don't know right next to you. And a limited menu -- which costs a lot. $10 for two pork buns? Are you OUT OF YOUR MIND? This place is absurd, obscene, and offensive. NEVER AGAIN.

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108 out of 226 people found this review helpful.

Skip this trendy noodle bar!

By randy0682 on 10/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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115 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

Don't Waste Your Time!!!

By kheaney on 7/25/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

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 $$$!!!!!!!!!

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86 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

I don't understand...

By oishii10011 on 7/17/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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 Ramen–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.

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