Momofuku Noodle Bar

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New York, New York
(212) 500-0831

Momofuku Noodle Bar New York Reviews

debsadams1979 debsadam…
33 reviews
Cheap eats from a rock star chef Dec 23, 2012
I am always sceptical about fads and trends but after a recommendation from a colleague in the UK and also resident New Yorkers I decided I had to just pay this place a visit as part of my trip.

Momofuku noodle bar on New York's East Side is the original restaurant set up by one of NYC's chef glitteratti David Chang in 2004 and the queues continue to stack up out of the door even now (largely owing to their 'no reservation' policy, well that and great food obviously!). Luckily for us we picked a night early in the week and managed to get a seat before the post-work crush arrived (people were having to queue when we left).

Given its uber-trendy reputation there is a definite lack of pretentious attitude about the place, which was refreshing, and the staff were incredibly friendly.

Momofuku serves predominately ramen noodle dishes but also do a fried chicken dish which serves between 4-8 depending how hungry you are. The seating is informal (think a more upmarket version of Wagamama's) but should you want to go more upscale and formal there are also other restaurants in David Chang's mini Empire.

We started with a type of egg (I forget what it was called) but these little gems were packed with flavour and set us up nicely for our gargantuan noodle bowls. I opted for their signature dish, Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg) which didn't fail to disappoint. Neither my friend or I could finish them but were left contented and stuffed to the gills. However should you have room, and a sweet tooth, I recommend heading to their Milk Bar for some Cereal Milk (yes this is quite literally milk that has been flavoured with their cereal of the week, Cheerios, Fruit Loops etc and is AMAZING!).

My only tip would be if you order the cocktails go large as they are much better value for money than the piddly 'small' size. Also get there early on Thursday - Saturday or be prepared to queue if you get there later.

If you want really great food without blowing your budget then Momofuku's will not fail to disappoint, who knows you may even get to rub shoulders with a few celebs in the process!
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Eboogzs Eboogzs
59 reviews
One of the greatest Chicken dinners Ever!! Oct 30, 2011
Momofuku Noodle Bar has an amazing Chicken lunch and Dinner that comes with Fried Chicken and Korean BBQ Style Chicken, and a lot of amazing sauces on the side. You need to reserve in advance. Its so worth it too!! If you are a fan of fried chicken, Korean fried chicken is filled with spices and goodness. And Korean BBQ is a flavor to savor.

The meal feeds 6 for about $140 in total. It is more than enough food for 6 so don't worry. They also have other great sides and additions you can purchase as well. They don’t serve many of these a day so it almost feels like an exclusive meal that only a few can witness.

The plate of Chicken!
lrecht lrecht
60 reviews
Great Food Jul 15, 2011
We had the Momofuku cook book given to us as a gift and were excited to eat lunch here and were certainly not disappointed! The menu varies by day but generally includes a number of special noodle dishes, some spicy, some not, and a variety of tasty appetizers like pork buns, salads, garlic fried potatoes, etc. Great atmosphere and friendly wait staff make this place a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in the lower East Side.
HuBison says:
Sounds good, I'm always looking for something new when I go home to NY for the holidays or just a weekend.
Posted on: Nov 10, 2011
annnnieeee annnniee…
2 reviews
an incomparable and can't miss new york city restaurant Jul 27, 2008
momofuku noodle bar in the east village represents a true taste of new york's eclectic and world class restaurant scene as well as its rock and roll up all night attitude.

owner and chef david chang (momofuku ssam bar, momofuku ko) has been nick named the "pork fat king" and noodle bar's japanese inspired menu clearly delivers. vegetarians beware: while new york is home to ample vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants the small print at the bottom of all of chang's simple menus clearly outlines there will be only one or two items suitable to vegetarians. even benign vegetable side dishes like kimchi are cooked in pork or duck fat! however, once inside the door and at your communal table or bar prepare to be transported with rich ramen broths, hand pulled noodles, spicy chicken wings, fresh vegetables and rich smokey pork belly. chang who recently won the prestigious James Beard award delivers huge bowls of complex and inventive ramen - japanese noodle soups. do not miss the signature momofuku ramen with several kinds of pork, a poached egg, daikon, mushrooms, and seaweed. it's comfort food at its best!

while the food can seem like a bit of a splurge (the momofuku ramen runs about $16) the sizes are ample and will leave most eaters stuffed for hours. and compared to some of the city's other fine dining establishments where appetizers can hit $25 if you have to splurge once in NY on a can't miss meal Momofuku Noodle is it!

and for those looking for a restaurant that represents the city's attitude momofuku also delivers. everyone from famous celebrities to food critics to punks to hipsters line up outside. don't worry about getting dressed up or being turned away at the door for lack of reservation. momofuku doesn't take reservations, and has a strict unspoken jeans and your favorite t-shirt dress code! chang and his young hip waiters and chefs regularly play classic 60s rock or indie standbys. there is no pretension just plenty of good looking, hip, and ramen loving people. and since its open for lunch as well as for night owls you can hit noodle bar before you see the town or after a few drinks.

recommended dishes: momofuku ramen, roast pork buns, cold spicy noodles, soft serve ice cream

$: midpriced but worth it: more than i'd spend on an average meal, but incredibly cheap when compared to most trendy or critically acclaimed NYC restaurants.

pros: same menu (and prices!) for lunch and dinner, cool crowd, casual dress and attitude, AMAZING food, open late.

cons: no reservations = long long waits at peak times (lunch and early dinner are usually no problem), can get expensive, not for those who like peace and quiet and private tables.
HuBison says:
Wow-great review!

Eric! If you've been here, where's your review?
Posted on: Nov 10, 2011
Eric says:
I've been here before, definitely pretty good. If you're from LA you should check out Santouka in Gardena, ramen there is more basic but just as tasty in my opinion.
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008
ryanlynch ryanlynch
1 reviews
Fun retaraunt, good atmosphere, and great food Nov 17, 2008
Momofuku was my first experience with noodle soup. The restaraunt is small and popular so be prepared to either wait for a seat, or go at off times. Momofuku has a number of locations but all are pretty small. Good music, and a classic inspired menu make this place great.

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