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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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A Great Experience Every Time

By KathrynH on 12/9/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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378 out of 783 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.

My favorite restaurant in this price range

By bonniek on 12/4/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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273 out of 557 people found this review helpful.

best pork bun in town

By paulvcarter on 9/26/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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314 out of 617 people found this review helpful.

Not about noodle soup

By AmateurCook on 8/17/2005

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

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.

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305 out of 615 people found this review helpful.

hard core noodle soup bar

By eatdat on 6/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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337 out of 634 people found this review helpful.

aweful

By jajos on 6/14/2005

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

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.

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290 out of 566 people found this review helpful.

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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248 out of 545 people found this review helpful.

Best in NYC!

By ahanah on 4/18/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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

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311 out of 545 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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