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Momofuku Noodle Bar
Posted by andrea on 08/24/2006
I don't understand the hype. The pork buns were good, but not $9 for 2 good, especially considering you can get them for a buck in Chinatown. The somen was not good- the noodles were soggy, the sauce was too sweet.The pork was overcooked, too. And the place is cramped. I suppose it's a fun little place but not authentic food.
Posted by Sharing is caring on 08/24/2006
So i'm eating my leftovers right now - i got the noodles with the cold soup - with pork...and it is still pretty delicious....went there yesterday with my friend - we waited 20 minutes (which i didn't want to wait, cuz i hate waiting) but my friend convinced me, we stayed - it is small in their, yet surprisingly comfortable still, we shared the pickled vegetables which were okay, the steamed buns were delicious - we had the shitake mushroom version - sure, you can get buns in chinatown for cheaper etc - hell, my momma makes amazing pork buns - but these were really a great version, authentic and contemporary at the same time...noodle bowls are big enough for sharing - and the berkshire pork - it really is divine...i'll come back, luckily i live in the neighbourhood, so you won't see me there on a friday night!
Posted by Anon on 08/24/2006
I've been wanting to go try Momofuku for awhile now, especially since I'm a fan of noodles. I met up with 2 other friends, to grab dinner there after work. Be warned, this is a hole in the wall. Place is super tiny!! Got there around 6:45, and there was already a crowd outside waiting. We put our names down with the host, who informed us that it will be a 30 mins wait. Finally a hour later, we were seated on tall stools by the "noodle bar". The food takes a while to prepare, so at least it was somewhat entertaining to have a front row seat to the cooking and food preparations. For appetizer, we shared the $10 Spicy smoked chicken wings. This was a so -so dish, you get 5 pcs so it was good to share with 3 people. First they grill the wings, then they throw it in a sauced pan. I thought it tasted like soy sauce. We did not order the over priced steamed buns that you can get for much cheaper in chinatown. For our entree we all ordered the Momofuku Ramen with Berkshire pork, and poached egg. The noodle was al dente, you don't get much soup. We all found it to be salty. Overall, this was a disappointing experience. I had much better Ramen else where. For a cheap dinner, this wasn't that cheap! Dinner came out to be $22 per person with tax and tip. In conclusion, it is hard to get seated if you have a party of 2 or more. Food is not spectacular, and it's not worth the long wait.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2006
I am a skeptical diner when it comes to noodles and ramen. I love food, love to eat, but also love a bargain. While it is possible to find fantastic noodles in chinatown for mere dollars, Momofuku really raises the bar. These are the ultimate noodles, and the pork buns are drop dead delicious. The wait, which I expected from reading other reviews, was long but well worth it. The hostess was sweet and happy and efficient, the service was pleasant and attentive. The Momofuku ramen is my new favorite thing- yes it's $14 but the broth, the noodles, the crisp sweet peas, the poached egg, the scallions, the tender pork all are freshissimo. It's really the gold standard for ramen. Expect to wait, but you will leave happy! I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2006
Overrated. Noodles are fine, but there are good and cheap noodles around the city. The other dishes (especially the salad) were not that good, and were very small and expensive. I went with my partner and shared 3 small dishes in total, no drinks, just water....we spent $55. Noodles are korean-frenchy-souly chic...not bad but not worth the money.
Posted by L on 08/14/2006
All the food here is fabulous. The buns are gorgeously silken and pillowy - delicious with any of the offered fillings. I find the hoison sauce on the buns to be just the right amount and the cucumbers provide a refreshing crunch. The corn is amazing with the addictive miso butter, the greens with rice cakes dish is great and the kimchi stew can cure any cold. When in season, they have the best brussel sprouts dish in nyc, served with Benton pork and a puree of kimchi. I have developed some pretty important feelings for the softshell crab (also seasonal) which is very inventive with pickled ramps and pickled cherries. Yum. The service is always very sweet , friendly and extremely efficient - they do an excellent job keeping water glasses filled, making sure you get your food and drinks and managing the line of people waiting to get in. The food here is worth the wait.
Posted by anonymous on 08/13/2006
Despite being packed to the gills from the moment they open, everyone who works here is pleasant and laid-back. I am at this moment in a state of near-delirium from the meal I just ate: chilled oysters on the half shell with cucumber, watermelon, and other magically delicious dribs and drabs. Then fresh sweet corn pan roasted with onion, chunks of crispy bacon, and miso butter, topped with fresh grilled jumbo shrimp. Heaven. My beer was ice cold. I was asked at appropriate intervals how everything was. I didn't even need to read my book, because watching these guys cook is totally engrossing. It's perfection, so if you don't want to wait for it, or if all you can do is complain, don't freakin' come here and take a seat away from someone who loves it.