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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
unauthentic japanese ramen noodles
By quincy on 5/7/2005
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.
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......
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...
This ramen shop is not authentic at all!
By oishii10011 on 11/13/2006
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!
Bad Noodles Sinks Ramen
By TSiegman on 2/27/2005
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.
Food is terrible
By sale on 11/8/2004
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.
Dante's 10th Circle of Hell
By bright10 on 3/6/2011
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.
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.
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 $$$!!!!!!!!!
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.
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