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Momofuku Noodle Bar
Posted by kayonyc on 08/06/2006
For the long line of customers waiting outside its doors at 10:30 p.m on a saturday night, and its inclusion on the "100 Places to Go" list in NY Magazine, I was expecting a real gustatory experience. The diver scallop appetizer was interesting (not amazing) but over-priced (2-3 thinly sliced diver scallops for $14?). The conceptually fresh pork bun "sandwich"- with a nice quality Berkshire - was too salty, probably due to the salted picked cucumber, salted pork and too-copious amount of hoisin sauce slathered on the bao. And believe me, I am a devout believer in liberally ingesting salt. It featured a nice layering of flavors and texture, but the layering added to the saltiness exponentially. The momofuku ramen (their signature dish) which I expected to be on par with Minca's pork belly version, was a pale imitation, with a bland, soy based soup, with as little of the meat-stock as you would expect for a ramen parading around slices of Berkshire. The slightly poached egg was a nice touch, but could not rescue the dish. The noodles were a tad overcooked, and thusly chewy.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2006
I had the Dhitake buns for appetizer. These were awesom!!! Hoison sauce, shitake mushrooms and a few greens. Truly delish. I had the Ginger noodles (the only option for vegetarians) which were good too. The noodles were a bit chewy and sticky, which I like and recognize as authentic. My Japanese wife was not as impressed.... Service was good. Expensive for what you get. You could go up the street and get better food with a nicer atmosphere for the same price.
Posted by Michael on 06/15/2006
After waiting for thirty minutes next door, we were seated and ordered. the buns were fatty, the asparagus was skimpy (like seven for $11!) and the noodles were undercooked. overall, the chefs seems to be wrapped up in their own world.
Posted by pimpsama on 05/16/2006
I read an article about Momofuku a few years ago and couldn't wait to try it. Well, was I let down. The service was slow the Momofuku ramen ok. . I know they use Berkshire pork and the sake selection is great but its not worth the money.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2006
I decided to check this place out because a friend of mine told me about it. I ordered the Momofuku ramen. It wasn't very good. The broth was ok, not really slurpworthy, and there was one small piece of pork. The noodles were not very good. They were chewy, not firm. They also tasted a bit bland. All in all, this noodle soup does not compare to the one offered at Minca. I left the place still hungry, as the soup was not robust enough to serve as a full meal. The place looks pretty cool though, and it was packed. There may be other things on the menu that are good, but I would not go here for the ramen.
Posted by prometheus on 04/13/2006
Probably won't make a special trip to go back, but the food was decent. The pork they use is noticeably high quality, but overall the food was nothing special. Nice place comfort wise, and the service was on point.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2006
As first time go-ers, the ramen was good, the pork buns were excellent as were the fried dumpling. A little too pricey for lunch, $150 (tip incl) for three people!