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Posted by annonymous on 06/20/2005
Considering how many lame bowls of ramen soup and especially kimchee jigae there are in new york city, this place is exceptional. It's totally worth the price, The broth is divine and it's packed full of succulent pork. I would eat here every day if I could.
Posted by nomas on 04/24/2005
I just got back from my second visit to this noodle bar. I went back with a little apprehension...this was based on the prices of this place. seriously...$15 kim chi stew! Most other dishes are over $10. While the food is good, it's not recommended to spend $30 on a quick lunch of noodles while sitting half an inch from 4 other people at a bar. The sticky pork buns where great on my first visit (actually why I went back this time), but this time around they were very fatty and I had to remove half of the meat before I could finish them.
Posted by NY Eater on 04/04/2005
Yes, pork belly is a bit fatty, and yes there is some oil in the broth but come on! If your taste runs on the pedestrian side of the culinary aisle, do slurp over your 50 cent salt broth at home leave me the goods! Food is fantastic. The kitchen staff take real care in preparing your food. Atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. What more do you want? If the noodles aren't your thing sit and sip some sake and have a nibble on some Korean influenced apps!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2005
The place looks nice and seems pretty hip. But you would think that the momofuku ramen, at $13 a bowl, is something special, something worth being the house special. It was just okay. The ingredients were good for the most part but the soup lacks punch - seemed like a standard broth. Why should I shell out twice the cost of a bowl of Japanese ramen and get less taste? Yes, I know they want to stand alone and be special so why am I comparing it to Japanese ramen. Well, that's the thing - it has nothing to really make it stick out and had me longing for a bowl of tonkatsu ramen instead. I also tried the dumplings which were okay - they did it their own way with a thicker skin and it wasn't bad. They used a lot of oil - the trick here is the oil was tasty but that, combined with the fact that the ramen was too oily as well, left an unnatural feeling of being full. Also, I didn't feel the staff was very warm, in fact they seemed to take the customers for granted (except for the one young bearded east village type - he was nice). Overrated and overpriced. I might go again and try other things on the menu if it wasn't so high priced for what it is but alas.
Posted by curtis krause on 01/29/2005
This restaurant couldn't possibly ask for better press. It is as if New York magazine exists only to celebrate this guy's existence. I have been maybe 10 times -- at this point it's become a ritual. Noodles keep getting better, everything else keeps getting worse. His pork buns were otherworldly when they used the shredded pork, now he's subbed in the pork belly which is 92% fat. Life's too short for that, come on. I don't care if that's authentic, no one likes biting into pure fat. Come on!
Posted by A Chowhound on 01/20/2005
I consider Momofuku the best bowl of ramen in town. The amazing broth is really the star--very substantial flavor to sink into on a cold day. Admittedly, there are springier noodles elsewhere (Minca Ramen Factory) but the total package of broth, noodles, and toppings can't be beat (the Berkshire pork is rich and tender). Value is not bad given that a giant bowl is really enough for 1 1/2 eaters. The apps are also great, esp. the rice cakes and the pork buns (btw, they're roasted not fried).
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2005
Overpriced extraordinarily ordinary noodles in a cramped, loud atmosphere. The pork buns were great, but what fried meat product isn't. Nothing special all around -- unclear what all the fuss is about.