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Momofuku Noodle Bar
Posted by Sid on 10/27/2006
After living in Japan for 2 years my wife and I concur that this was the best bowl of ramen we've had since leaving Osaka. Granted, we went during a low business hour so didn't have to deal with the obviously subpar wait staff on a trying level. A little pricey and cramped, but we'll still be back- the food is A level.... though maybe just a touch too much salt for my taste in the ramen...
Posted by JPS on 10/27/2006
Undoubtedly overrated, but still worth a try. I had the momofuku ramen; the toppings, broth and pork were delicious, buttery soft and melting in my mouth. The lamest part was the actual noodles, which kind of kills it. The noodles are the whole point of the dish, but were instead limp and clumpy, there was actually a ball of rolled up noodles stuck together like a bal of yarn in the bottom of my bowl. The shrimp and grits appetizer was basically un-eatable, and looked like a bowl of baby vomit with shrimp thrown on top. Although it is worth a try, next time I am in the mood for slurping ramen I will return to a nearby spot on 10th Street, while although not "trendy" still beats the pants off of this noisy, hot, crowded, trendy, long line for no good reason place.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2006
I live around the corner and have gone to this noodle shop many times. At first it was nice to have a clean alternative to other noodle shops The food was good, especially the buns. However, I will never go back. As this place has gotten more crowded with longer waits to get seated, the quality of the food has plummeted. Everything has become salty and greasy. As they rush to move the food in front of you, and move you out the door, they fling the berkshire pork still swimming in grease and oil onto the rice buns. Aside from the declining quality of the food but I still went back a few times, only to find the quality of the food average. I guess having your buns rated best in the city by the New York Times has a way of going to your head, I can't help but wonder how they would rate them now?
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2006
A friend of mine recommended Momofuku to me and a friend. 2 people. We arrived at 7:45, were told there would be a 20-25 minute wait which we thought we could handle. 25 minutes into our wai, a group of four girls showed up and put their name on the list. They were seated within 5 minutes! When I asked the hostess if we weren't ahead of them on the list, she just snubbed me and said "yes you were." We waited another 15 minutes to be seated. I can understand that the place is small and space for four rarely opens up, but you shouldn't expect to bring a group larger than 2-3 and not expect a long wait. The hostess could have seated two couples who had been waiting much longer, or at the very least given an explanation for why she did what she did and showed a little empathy. I was disappointed with the attitude--the food is good, but not that good. I won't be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2006
What is happening to this place? I thought the food was supposed to be great. I just went for lunch and we ordered the pork buns, Momofuku ramen, and chicken ramen. The pork buns were okay, but a bit too greasy. Both the ramen dishes were extremely salty. So much so that we could not even eat more than a few bites. I will not be returning to this restaurant.
Posted by melonbarmonster on 09/12/2006
The first time I went, the head chef was there yelling at his staff which is a good thing, let me tell you. The beauty of this place is the real witty blending of different familiar Asian elements to create really great unique tastes The star of the Momofuku Ramen(house special) is the very non-asian pork which was abundant and went amazingly with the noodles. The buns are made more like Peking duck with other fillings. So simply but really, really good and different. I was a blast. Unfortuately, the second time I went the chef/owner wasn't there and instead a short caucasian dude was making the food. I ordered the same Momofuku ramen and was floored at how horrible it was. The beautiful pork was measily and the noodles were soggy and the whole thing just sucked. Maybe I'll give it another try.
Posted by MH on 08/28/2006
I've been here a few times and try to order different things. While the food is not bad, it is, to my disappointment, salty, especially the ramen, which is the house special. The buns are consistently good.