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Momofuku Noodle Bar

Japanese Restaurant

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Momofuku Noodle Bar194.5
noodles • momofuku ramen • pork • fried chicken dinner

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  • Photo of Travel + Leisure
    2 years ago
    The noodle bar that launched a career. When then unknown chef David Chang opened this unassuming East Village spot in the summer of 2004, no one—least of all Chang—had any idea that it was the first venture in a now-global restaurant empire. Despite Chang's present-day fame, diners still come to Momofuku Noodle Bar for the same reason they did back then: for the food. 
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  • Photo of Ira Gerlich
    2 years ago
    Don't share the shrimp buns.
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  • Photo of Buzzfeed
    2 years ago
    The almost-too-spicy sausage! The crunchy fresh spinach! The salty-sweet cashews! Oh, how I dream of you.  You can get great ramen lots of places. But this? This is a special bowl.
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    $10 for two pork buns
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    Phil Elverum
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  • Photo of Madison S
    3 years ago
    Sesame Hozon Ramen
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  • Photo of Madeline Lazaris
    3 years ago
    Want to try
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  • Photo of Mia Rasmussen
    3 years ago
    Ramen
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  • Photo of Complex City Guide
    Momofuku Ramen - Pork belly, pork shoulder, nori, scallions, fish cake, Bamboo Shoots, seasonal vegetables, poached egg.
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  • Photo of Susan Shepard
    4 years ago
    Dude, it's Momofuku. OF COURSE.
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  • Photo of Raja H
    4 years ago
    I'm amazed how Momofuku NB still has any hype. I guess tourist guidebooks can't update easily
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  • Photo of Margot Mazur
    4 years ago
    This was a really disappointing experience, primarily because I’ve eaten Terence’s version of Momofuku’s ginger scallion noodles – and the ones Terence taught Desak to make in Bali – and both were better.
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  • Photo of Gansevoort
    4 years ago
    Menu is more extensive and creative than the average noodle bar. We're fans!
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  • Photo of Isis Masoud
    4 years ago
    I hear this noodle bar is tops!
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  • Photo of Valentina Prutkina
    Latz's deli
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  • Photo of Bridie Lee
    4 years ago
    ginger scallion noodles and shiitake bao!
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  • Photo of Bianca Muto
    4 years ago
    Dica do phillip
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  • Photo of Julianne Sombat
    5 years ago
    Old news, but the steamed buns are famous for a reason!
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  • Photo of Lindsay Kaplan
    5 years ago
    Noodle bowl perfection.
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  • Photo of Jamie S
    5 months ago
    Having heard about this restaurant on podcasts and listened to David Chang interviews I had to give it a go. I ordered the momofoku ramen and an order or the pork buns. Personally I preferred the buns as the taste was incredible. The ramen was pretty good but to be honest I don't think I'm much of a ramen lover in general. The service was incredible.
  • Photo of zachm1992
    5 months ago
    Everything was just about executed perfectly! The ambiance was warm and inviting, the staff was very attentive and friendly --it's a great place to have quality time and food with the people you're with. The pork buns are hands down, one of the best things I have eaten in NYC. The buns are so fluffy, the pork is tender.. it's just a simple dish that has been perfected! The only complaint would be the soup was a tad on the salty side for me.
  • Photo of havingfuntraveling
    5 months ago
    We went for lunch. We split the Momofuku Ramon noodle special. We have never eaten that kind of meal before. It had a lot of flavor and was very good. Will come back next time in city. Help was very good as well. Have fun.
  • Photo of michaelsjones
    5 months ago
    I had heard about this for a long time and for some reason just had never made it a priority on previous trips - there are so many great choices in NYC. But, now - I'm a raving fan. Big time. I brought my 7 year old son with me to hang out during business stuff and then stay over for a weekend and do fun "father-son" stuff. I've sort of taught all 3 of my boys to be foodies, at least when they travel, so they are up for anything. So, my son and I pulled up to the bar so we could watch the action - GREAT place to sit! The energy and the front row seat to the action is all here if you are into food and food experiences. We ordered all kinds of things - scallops and arctic char were both on the Daily (appetizer) list and instead of choosing we just had both. These were among the best dishes i've ever had anywhere...certainly the arctic char would be in the top 25 ever. I videoed it being made right in front of me and the prep chef walked through every step for me - it was so cool! Even made it to instagram. ;) I still think about it weekly. Went on to order several of the buns but the brisket was the killer stand out and we ordered a second round - and my little guy is a really little guy but he put it away! We did order a couple of small plates and a bowl. the pork belly was awesome but by the time we got to the bowl i think we were just "done" because it was fine, but just didn't compare to all the other items - the daily dishes, the buns. maybe i should go back for lunch and just have ramen but that would be HARD to do! Anyway...NYC is full of great places to eat and this iconic David Chang spot is one of the reasons why. This is far more cost effective than so many restaurants in NYC and you get amazing food and experience. ADVICE - go early if you can, pick shoulder time slots to avoid long waits.
  • Photo of Kevin R
    5 months ago
    The restaurant is classy, yet inviting. Had the thai chili wings, Momofuku Ramen Special and drank the thai basil lemonade. The wings were spectacular, sweet and spicy. The drink was unique with a fresh herb taste and sweet tang. The Ramen special was very good with amazing seared pork belly, and stewed pork shoulder. Only reason this review doesn't get 5 stars is because overall flavor of the special was second to the ramen I tried in Ivan Ramen
  • Photo of fmoita
    5 months ago
    Amazing Ramen!! the pork shoulder melts in your mouth and tastes delicious! the chocolate dessert is fantastic and taste like porn. It is a small place and very crowd so get early!
  • Photo of Guy T
    5 months ago
    Popped in for some takeout whilst on holiday as recommended by a friend. The short rib steamed buns with sriracha were incredible and I've never tasted another steam bun thats come close since. Would love to sample more of the food on a future vacation.
  • Photo of CharlieHancock
    5 months ago
    Had to wait about half an hour to be seated but was well worth it. Service was quick, efficient and helpful - staff expertly explained the menu and accommodated our seating needs. We were initially a bit apprehensive about ordering the pork buns, because at $13 for 2 they seemed quite expensive. They could not have been more worth it. The way the pork melted in your mouth was indescribable. By far the best pork buns I've ever had. Other food also brilliant but pork buns definitely a highlight. Great atmosphere too, plenty of people but not too loud or crowded- a cosy, homely feel. Momofuku is a must do in New York and we will definitely be back.
  • Photo of dontstopkeepmoving
    5 months ago
    A few days ago I was luckiy enough to be walking along lower First Avnue at exactly the right time. As I passed #171, it hit me. There was no line; there were no people milling around outside. I could walk right into Momofuku and grab what was rumored to be some of the best ramen in the city. I took advantage of my good fortune and went in for a quick snack. I stayed well over and hour and enjoyed some truly great food. There were three noodle dishes on the menu that really called to me. The companion accompanying me was quite willing to let me order.I started with their namesake ramen with pork belly and port shoulder. It was hot, delicious and almost spiritual. But it wasn't enough. I had to try another soup on the menu, the Hozon Ramen. Equally good but totally different, with chick peas and scallions. But then there was that last noodle calling to me, the chilled spicy noodles. They were yet another variation on the sublime. Each dish was different but excellent. All of them were handcrafted and seasoned with perfection. The broth was homemade, the vegetables fresh, and the ramen as flavorful as in Japan itself. By the time I left the restaurant was full again and people were again waiting in line. It's a long narrow ground floor with tables squeezed into all available space and a bar where you can sit on stools and watch the staff at work. The decor is minimalist. The place is loud and hectic when it fills up. The staff are on their toes, getting everyone served quickly and efficiently. There is attention to detail and that sense that they are there to provide the best food they possible can. The one caveat is that this is not a "cheap eats" spot. They charge top dollar for the food they serve, but in my opinion it is worth every penny. I will go back to Momofuku many times over the coming years whenever circumstance brings me to lower first avenue or when I have a yen for ramen noodles served perfectly.
  • Photo of Karen O
    5 months ago
    I happened upon David Chang on the PBS Series Season 1, Mind of a Chef. I was enthralled with David's passion for perfect Ramen. I've followed David via his restaurants. I finally got to "experience" Momofuku Ramen last week. My daughter and I found Momofuku Noodle Bar and we knew exactly what we wanted. OMG!! It was amazing!! Either I have to move to NYC or David has to find a way to bring his delicious bounty to Seattle. Seattleites would line up around a block for this before a silly Krispy Kreme Doughnut. Just sayin'. Go if you get the chance. The restaurant is family style seating but no body cares because the food is so delicious. I wanted to add a picture but couldn't quite figure it out.
  • Photo of Wilfred T
    5 months ago
    I would have love to rate it at 3.5 out of 5. Both of us ordered the momofuku ramen. The ramen was good but not very good. However, the service was great! Positives: 1. The place was very crowded. However, we didn't have to wait very long before we get seats by the bar. 2. The servers were very attentive to keep topping up our tap water glasses throughout our meal. 3. Very nicely done onsen egg. Negatives: A. None Think the ramen and the soup broth was okay. I didn't feel the urge to return to this place for another meal after I was done with mine. Neither will I say that I will not return again because I think this Ramen is good enough. If I do have any cravings for ramen, this will likely be a place of choice. 😊
  • Photo of Georges_Payne
    5 months ago
    Fum ambiance, busy place, wait time near one hour. The food was great, it was well worth the wait. The staff was very friendly.
  • Photo of pierreoljanuk
    5 months ago
    i had the momofuku ramen which was recomended to me by my server it was fantastic, went on a lunchtime, was amazingly not that busy, sat at the counter which was great for me, will be back next year to try other dishes!
  • Photo of Ree d
    6 months ago
    Duck buns were good. The ramen broth was the worst I've even had. Service was good. Didn't have to wait in any lines. We showed up 10min before opening
  • Photo of Jabrd
    6 months ago
    Started with pork buns which had generous and awesome pork belly. Kimchi/pickles/radish were terrific. Chicken pho was full of rich flavor. Lived up to its reputation!
  • Photo of Coolcanuck67
    6 months ago
    Four of us enjoyed the pork buns (had to try at least one!) and then moved over to the fried chicken feast. It was something that none of us had ever experienced before. Southern Style Buttermilk fried chicken and Triple Fried Korean Style fried chicken. They offer mo-shu pancakes, fresh herbs, lettuce, carrot, radish and three savory sauces plus the famous saam sauce. You can eat it however you like it. Remember that you have to reserve this service ahead of time and bring your appetite. It really is a feast. The service was friendly, professional, and on point. To complement our meal we enjoyed the house sake and it was excellent. Absolutely loved this restaurant and would return in a hear beat.
  • Photo of Pablo M
    6 months ago
    I came with my girlfriend, we had a really good time here. Very quality of food and probably one of the best ramen in New work city
  • Photo of floppy_z
    6 months ago
    Small japanese resturant with comunnitary tables. great food witth excellent flavours. they are completely different at what we are used to. mandatory stop!
  • Photo of rccampbelljr
    6 months ago
    My wife and I both had the Chicken Noodle Pho. The bowl is pretty big and it is the perfect mixture of spicy and flavorful. The pho comes with real pieces of chicken in it. The noodles are smooth and light. The broth is so good, I drank the leftover broth from the bowl. I definitely recommend stopping by.
  • Photo of Joydma
    6 months ago
    Great and tasty food. Quick service, great presentation. Sat by the kitchen where we could see the rush but in a very quiet and organized manner. Had the Momofuku noddles and pork buns. Also had a tiger beer. Loved all of it.

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