171 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 11th St.
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.
By danbara on 4/13/2011
Went here this past Saturday evening with my lady. The only available seats are at an empty bar or a communal table. I opt to wait the 20 minutes I was told for a table for two (no big deal). We are lured into the dungeon room in the back, it's full of standing people. After 25 minutes we begin to get a bit impatient. I go up to the front and politely ask the same hostess if she knew how much longer; she didn't know and directs me to wait in the back until she sends somebody. After a few minutes a women tells us it's going to be ANOTHER 20 minutes because they're waiting for people to get up. FINALLY, after 45 minutes of standing we are directed to the front where we are offered the SAME TWO SEATS at the bar. I think to myself you must be joking, and explained that we would have sat there 45 minutes ago if we wanted to. We are sent back to the dungeon to wait some more. We sneak out the back and think aloud "go Momofuku yourselves" as we make our way to Pommes Frites.
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.
By esther919 on 2/1/2007
after waiting for about 1.5 hour i was SOOOOOOOOOOOO disappointed. everything was uber salty. we thought maybe we ordered the wrong stuff so we ordered some more plates. still no good. paying the bill seemed just plain wrong as it was the worst food i've ever had. we actually didn't eat much. we went next door and had a panini.
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.
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 $$$!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.