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Momofuku Noodle Bar
Posted by Jeff on 04/09/2007
I agree with a previous reviewer that everything tasted like pork. The noodles to which everyone raves about was sorely disappointing. I enjoy have a certain "chewiness" to my noodles and the noodles I had here were like soggy bread. But service was friendly, fast and couldn't have been any better. 4 bowls of noodles, 2 appetizers for 90$? I think I'll be sticking to chinatown instead.
Posted by lauren on 03/07/2007
Even with all the effort that has been invested in Momofuku Ssam Bar the past few months, little Momofuku Noodle Bar has not been neglected. Some delicious new items have popped onto the menu: braised beef short ribs; escarole with pork sausage and rice cakes; beef brisket ramen; duck leg ramen and my new favorites: braised pork belly; a beautiful new root vegetable dish in the most amazing ham broth I've ever tasted; some wonderful new fish dishes including a kampachi on top of a lemon cream garnished with fried flower petals, parsley and lemon salt (I think about this dish a lot); an incredible hamachi with blood orange and olive oil. While working hard to keep the menu new and exciting, the extremely competent, consistent and friendly kitchen crew turn out these "little lovelies" with speed and a caring attention to detail. The wait staff at Momofuku Noodle Bar is wonderful: On a recent noodle bar visit, I left behind the book I was reading. I returned a week later in need of more hamachi and the second I walked through the door, two different servers came over to let me know that they had my book. I thought I lost my book on the bus so it would not have occurred to me to even ask if they had seen my book and it was so nice that they remembered me and remembered that I left my book the last time I was there!!! The servers are always friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu items. Between the delicious food and the casual, friendly hospitality, this is a fabulous place!
Posted by Kamran on 03/07/2007
Notice this place is not getting the reviews it deserves. Just trust all the people waiting in line... this place serves delicious food with the highest quality ingredients. And you can really taste the difference. The atmosphere is not as relaxed as I would like it, but its very clean and certainly nice enough. But go there for the noodles.
Posted by rediculousrockstar on 02/22/2007
I liked the pork buns but almost everything on the menu has bacon which tastes exactly like the pork. Even the chicken was fatty and smoked and in turn tasted like pork. The weight wasn't too bad and it was kind of a nice change of pace but not the most comofortable. When I got the bill I was a little shocked. Everything added up to be more than it was worth.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007
My boyfriend and I ate at Momofuku this evening. The food was definitely delicious, but it was hard to enjoy it due to the obvious disregard for the comfort the customer. After being asked to wait outside in the cold for 20 minutes (while people who arrived after us waited indoors), we were finally seated across from one another at the end of the bar closest to the door. For the first 20 minutes of our dinner, the temperature was so cold that we could see our breath in the air and had to keep our heavy jackets on. The front door was opening and closing nonstop due to the constant flow of people going in and out, and there was no secondary door, or even a curtain to protect us from the freezing temperature! Finally after my bofriend finished his meal and I was nearly done with mine, one of the waitstaff turned on a heater and made our seats warm enough so that we were able to take our jackets off. We figured that it must have been an air conditioner since they didn't turn it on while we froze through our cold meal. To top it all off, the 10+ people who were waiting to be seated stared at us the entire time we were eating-- standing so close to us that the waitstaff and entering/leaving customers bumped into me at least 20 times during my meal. I have eaten here before because of the yummy food, so I was expecting poor treatment from the waitstaff, as it seems to be the norm. (Things like being asked 3-4 times during our meal if we were done, if they could take our food away, and so on so that they could hustle more people in and out of the restaurant. ) But I wasn't expecting to barely be able to eat my cold food due to freezing temperatures and constant jostling from employees and customers alike. Perhaps they cannont add a secondary door due to city regulations on the sidewalk, but a curtain would help! And they should please please just try to be a little bit nicer to customers.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/19/2007
The ramen was good - tasty noodles, broth and ingredients. The Berkshire pork buns were tasty - but VERY fatty. Overall, not worth the wait, price and the hype, but if you're in the neighborhood and there's not a really long wait, give it a try.
Posted by Longtime customer on 02/13/2007
Live in the neighborhood, long time customer. One of the first people to spread the word about the place. One of things that first brought me to this place again and again was the service, specifically the line cooks who worked here. They were true gentlemen, always with a smile blasting some good tunes from their ipods. I've got to tell you though, the last two times I've been to Momfuku, the amount of freaking attitude I've gotten from the line cooks has been unbelievable. So much so that I'll never eat there again. Let me clue you in on something-yes the restaurant is popular. Yes, the food is consistently good. But I don't work my ass off 7 days a week to be treated like an idiot peon by the likes of you. I'm not saying I'm entitled to be waited on hand or foot, but lose the attitude. Don't look at me like I'm just some puke making your day harder. I work hard too, man. If I show up for lunch at 11:58, politely ask me to wait 10 minutes, don't bark at me that you're not open yet. I have an embarrassment of options in this neighborhood in terms of quick, tasty and inexpensive dining. This place has definatey jumped the shark when the johnny come lately staff treats your regular customers with such contempt. I'm done with momofuku.