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171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
I would have babies with this Noodle Bar if I could
By australianfoodlover on 7/10/2010
I got the $30 prix fixe menu which had consisted of: a beet salad with buttermilk, shaved ham, and bouquerones - the bouguerones (kinda like sardines) was an ingenious addition; poached halibut with charred tomatoes, shiso and pearl onions, roasted quail with cherries, fennel and kohlrabi; and choc chip cake truffles, along with a side of pork buns. The pork buns blew my mind, and everything else on the menu similarly blew my mind. My only criticism is about the truffles: they were too sweet! The service is great, and for the food I got, it was worth the money! I've fallen in love with this place!
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.
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.
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.
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
Currently Drooling for Japanese Noodles!
By larkitten on 1/2/2005
I've been to Momofuku once, and it was an awesome experience--I can still taste the noodles! The atmosphere is casual (bar setting), not loud, pleasant... I found it relaxing. The food is divine! The broth is thick and incredibly tasty--it still makes my mouth water! The noodles were just as delicious, the bowls were HUGE (you get a lot of food for your money), the presentation is great, and they had a decent selection of beer and sake. The service was quick and our waitress we had was extremely friendly. It's a nice, casual place for a meeting with friends, co-workers or a date, were you can actually hear yourself talk, eat great and not spend a fortune. For what this restaurant is supposed to be, I give it a 10.
By LES_OD on 10/21/2010
I had something that the server described as spicy, believe them when they tell you that. It was very good and very satisfying even if I couldn't finish it all. My stomach was burning all night and I'm pretty sure I scarred my esophagus. It was totally worth it. The pork buns were a bit unexpected, but I will definitely be ordering them again. All in all, a great experience. Friendly staff and timely service.
A Love Letter to Momofuku
By UES1981 on 5/3/2010
Dear Peach, I really enjoyed the time we spent together yesterday. I can't talk about the pork buns, it might get a bit misty in here. Your traditional ramen, your spicy cold noodle, your delicious tamales, you made my Sunday all it could be. I miss you when we're not together. Hope to see you soon. B
Too expensive but ramen was good
By overdedge on 2/23/2009
Can't top the pork in this place ... probably the best thing they have going for them. Noodles were a little hard. Broth was a little salty. But what really killed it was the fact I had to pay $20 (including tip) for a not so generous portion of ramen.
its delicious but super expensive
By charliekatsu on 8/1/2008
i'll put it this way - if money wasn't an object, i would eat here every day ... could do without the annoying WASPy scenesters though
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