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Posted by Karen Matthews on 10/20/2008
I have been hearing great things about MOMOFUKU for a very long time now but since I live in the UWS it took me a while to finally eat there. The pork buns were delicious even if totally overpriced. I had a 23 dollar bowl of ramen which was so salty my lips were buzzing while I ate it. My husband's ramen was also so salty he didn't finish it all which is a rarity for him. All in all, I am glad I finally ate there but probably won't make the effort ever again.
Posted by tanaka on 10/13/2008
wine for $10. total rip off. the bun are great but toooo expensive the same thing everyone else is talking about. good for the new east village crowd of cheesy frat boys and girls.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2008
This used to be one of my favorite restaurants around my apartment but i'm sad to say that's no longer the case. I went last night at around 8 and waited 45 minutes for a table (which is usually the case, and i've been ok with that for the delicious food). However after our 45 minute wait, they presented us with the smallest menu i have ever seen! there were only 11 choices on the menu ( 4 "small dishes", 4 noodle dishes and 3 "etc"). I tried to order a couple of the "small dishes", only to be informed that they were out of 2 of them. Leaving 9 limited choices for dinner. We choose 4 dishes in total, which are all very overpriced for their very small portion size. And then we waited. and waited. It took at least 35minutes for the noodles & pork buns to show up, which both were tasty but hardly worth the wait. Then we had the stripped sea bass and sea scallops. The sea scallops were good (not great) and the sea bass was nothing to remember. Both were very overpriced at 18 and 25 per dish which would barely classify as half an entree at other restaurants.
Posted by Naima W. on 08/01/2008
My friend and I have eaten at Momofuku Noodle Bar several times. Our first experience was good. We liked the kimchee and especially the seasonal pickles. The pork buns melted in our mouths. The Ramen was tasty, but very salty, and the noodles were undercooked. It’s been that way every time I’ve eaten there. We had tasty ales (Japanese, I think). The sake we tried was pricey, but underwhelming. On one visit, we had a crispy pigtail appetizer (a surprise offering on that day) that was to die for! On another, my friend ordered a whole fish entrée that was tasty, but way too expensive for such a tiny portion. The décor is spare (which is fine) but the table spacing is poor. You will find yourself uncomfortably pushed up against strangers who don’t want to be pushed up against you either. I say go to Momofuku Noodle Bar for the pork buns they are truly tasty. But, all in all, it’s a pricey meal and not special enough to warrant all the hype.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2008
I watched the owner on Charlie Rose the other day and thought I'd try out noodle bar..... mistake! In the interview, he mentioned he wanted a place where you didn't feel ripped off. I felt well and truly ripped off. Heres the reasons: - Raman is so very salty! Is this on purpose? Do the cooks even taste the food in there? Are they trying to extra extend the life of their meat with so much salt?? - Pork buns are good, but way overpriced -waiters kept bumping into me all the time.. no big deal I couldn't get over the food quality, especially at this price!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2008
Noodles very average , kim chee stew very very salty Pork buns good but expensive For this quality, hype and cost this place can not be recommended
Posted by bob smith on 06/30/2008
I've lived in Japan for 8 years so I know good ramen when I eat it. This is by far the most disappointing ramen I have had. First off, the chicken and pork broth are extremely salty and it's also very thin. For anyone who knows anything about ramen, its the broth that makes ramen so good. They simply didn't do it right. Second, the serving is very small for a ramen bowl. You feel like they are really trying to cut costs... and they're doing a pretty bad job for $13+ a bowl. While service was pretty good, it was super cramped during lunch time. I brought my family and we were sitting with strangers, in addition to getting rubbed up on by waiters ever time they needed to slide in between tables to get something.