171 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729158 -73.984382
Mon-Thu 12pm-4:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Fri 12pm-4:30pm, 5:30pm-2am
Sat 12pm-4pm, 5:30pm-2am
Sun 12pm-4pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Unique bowl of ramen in one of NYC's most talked about joints. Momofuku is a name and is worth a visit. Their small plates impress, especially the fried pig tails!
I thought that the noodles and broth were great things must have changed after some of these reviews.
Overrated – The chef's sister is actually one of my friends, and having lived two blocks away, I decided to finally try this place. Obviously there's been a lot of hype, so I was excited. Was I disappointed! The Pork Buns were good - though not as amazing as people have raved, but everything else was terrible. It was a party of 8, and I got the kimchi bowl (don't remeber the actual name, but it has kimchi and pork) and the rest of my friends got different ramens. All the dishes were SUPER salty, to the point that I literally had a couple bites and had to stop eating. Worse is that it was overpriced (I heard it was cheaper, but all the hype drove up the prices). I would not go back here again; it's just not worth it when there are so many other cheaper, yummier ramen places within a couple block radius.
pork buns excellent, ramen only so so – After nearly a half hour wait, our party of three were finally seated in a communal tables. The stools for chairs were not exactly comfortable because they did not have any backs to them. If you've got a big coat, be prepare to put them on your lap, on the floor or sit on top of it. Ladies, the same goes for your handbag. Maybe it was a Friday night, so it was very crowded and the music level was such that you kind of had to shout to talk to your dining companions.
The pork buns were tasty. They weren't buns in the traditional sense--more like a piece of rice flour dough folded over like a clam shell. They're also known as Taiwanese burgers, as I've seen on one menu elsewhere. The fat and sauce on the oh-so-tender pork was perfect. Was it worth $9 for 2 small buns? Yes, if you don't mind the hefty price.
The chicken wings at $12 was not worth it, in my opinion. You can get better wings elsewhere. Portion size, however, was decent as far as an appetizer goes.
The rice cake was great. I'm used to the goopy mess from korean restaurants so having a crisp edge to the individual cakes were a nice surprise. Certainly, the bibimbop-like sauce used was very flavorful. For $10, I think this was the best choice as an appetizer in terms of cost versus portion size.
We tried the Momofuku ramen ($16) and spicy cold noodle ($12). The ramen was nothing to write home about. I think Ramen Setagaya served a better bowl two blocks away and at nearly half the price. I've also had better at the ramen stall in Queens Crossing, Flushing. The spicy cold noodle was too spicy to be flavorful. My lips burned too much for me to be able to taste anything else.
It was alright, not as good as they say – I went with a reservation for the chicken dinner with a group of 6...it's the only way to get a reservation, apparently, getting that chicken. It was packed...I'd never wait like the swarm of people at the door were waiting. Anyhow, the chicken was good, but I'm not raving about it like some people. I wouldn't rush back for it, but it was good. Not the most comfortable place I've ever been to, that is for sure. That all said, it's a place you could try. The menu (aside from the chicken) sounded good. cool music playing.
Good bun – I love the decoration in this tiny place. Usually I don't like to seat at the bar because the high chairs are quite uncomfortable and the footrests are either too high to too low for me. The place gave a neat, clean, modern, organic feel. The footrest at the bar chair was slope outward. I sat quite comfortably.
My friend and I visited the shop last Tuesday during lunch time. We ordered the Momofuku noodle. It was OK. There are more tasty ones in Chinatown. However, we were quite sure that there was no MSG in the soup. That was a plus. We also had the chicken bun. We are not bun lovers. However, the bun was so soft and fluffy that we could just had the bun by itself.
It is worth trying it (a must, really) – I only looked at the first 3 reviews, but clearly this place is controversial. the place looks like a casual/trendy eatery, but the dishes are all original, mostly with some part of a pig in them. I went with friends who live next door and they knew what to order, and to be honest some dishes are drop dead stunning. I personally won't go often but its really an experience to go there at least once
Not worth the hype! – Overrated, Overrated, Overrated!
Skip this place and try any number of sushi/noodle places in the east village (for much less money)!
Here, you will wait two hours for small indescribable, non-creative dishes that are nothing special. (I had to go to Pomme Frite after dinner because I was so hungry!!)
Unless you know the manager don't expect good service here.
not worth the price tag – we followed the recommedation from another well known restaurant guide to this Japanese noodle bar with high hopes. However it turned out to be a not so enjoyable experience.
The first thing we noticed was that the seats were REALLY uncomfortable to sit on no to mention the elbow to elbow setting (although that's a given for any city dinning).
After settling down with a view of the kitchen, I realized that this so called "Japanese noodle house" has no Japanese chef in the kitchen, not even a single asian face in front of the stoves. A great indication of the authenticity of the food one would expect.
When our food came, the whole meal experience went downhill even more quickly. My wife ordered a serving of diver scalop with a price tag of $12. It turned out to be ONE single scalop, yes, ONE single not-so-big prefrozen scalop! Not the fancy type with the shell on, even smaller than the kind of scalop you would get from costco for $10.99 a POUND! What a rip-off...
when the noodle came, again the portion was miniscule. The ramen it self was pre-made dry noodle, and the broth, which is suppose to be the essence of Japanese ramen, was plain and salty.
For anyone interested in Japanese ramen, I strongly suggest you to turn away from this over-rated place. In fact, with a similar price tag, the nearby ipudo-NY can make you much happier after a meal.
Poor food, good location – While this restaurant is indisputably hip, I think that food-lovers and ramen-connoisseurs will be highly disappointed in this place. If you really want a delicious bowl of ramen, this WILL disappoint you. My bowl didn't have nearly enough broth or ramen. The staff was pretentious and unsympathetic when I told them I wasn't happy with my entree, and my waitress made me feel as if I were wrong for having high expectations. "Men Kui Tei" or "Sapporo East", also in the East Village, are far superior options in my opinion. If you want a great bowl of ramen, I recommend you go to a place that cares about quality more than a place like this. To be honest, I get the sense this place seeks to take advantage of its location and seeks to make business off customers who don't know quality ramen. You can do much, much better if you want a better meal! Top Ramen brand instant noodle might be comparable to this restaurant. However, if all you care about is modern decor, you may enjoy this place.
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