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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
A Great Experience Every Time
By KathrynH on 12/9/2006
I go to this restaurant quite often, which is rare for me since I usually cook for myself. And, I've had really amazing experiences every time, the staff are wonderful, and so are the people who eat there. Everyone is so friendly and talkative, not to mention the food is supurb. If you like octapus, try it here, they make one of the best octapus dishes ever and they make noodles they way they were meant to be.
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!
My favorite restaurant in this price range
By bonniek on 12/4/2005
Fantastic food. It's all about the quality of ingredients -- such as Berkshire pork. As you can see in the photos, you will be sitting on a stool -- this is a noodle bar. I prefer Momofuku for lunch than dinner as it is, fundamentally, quite casual. But it's all about the food. Great noodles, and other dishes. Try the wings. Steamed pork buns are incredible. This is a place for folks who love food.
best pork bun in town
By paulvcarter on 9/26/2005
We have been going to this place since it opened nearly a year ago and it's always wonderful. It has however got much more expensive. The pork bun is the best anywhere - period. The noodles are excellent as is pretty much everything else. The lines suck, the seating sucks but the food.....is worth it.
Not about noodle soup
By AmateurCook on 8/17/2005
You may play cute by making noodle soups trendy. If you don't know how to do the noodle soups right, however, the cuteness stops doing anything when noodle soup lovers won't go there for the noodle soup they really want -- not the cuteness of the restaurant.
hard core noodle soup bar
By eatdat on 6/20/2005
We liked the place for a casual dinner or lunch. The appertizers are very good, but the noodles need some improvement. Seeing the chefs at work right is front of you is also a nice treat.
By jajos on 6/14/2005
I had a ramen with pork, it was aweful. The soup was so salty, and the noodle was so overcooked and had no chewiness. The worst ramen I've ever had. The service was rough. The waiter shook the bottle of cold sake before pouring it, and it made the sake look like soda. Very uncomfortable seating. Overpriced. There's no reason to go back to this restaurant.
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.
Best in NYC!
By ahanah on 4/18/2005
Best noodles in all of NYC. The pork buns are also top notch. They need to deliver... I can't get enough!!! Check the menu out at www.eatmomofuku.com
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.
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