163 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
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Momofuku Noodle Bar

Neighborhoods: East Village
Cuisine: Ramen, Noodle Shop, Asian

Momofuku Noodle Bar is a Ramen, Noodle Shop, and Asian restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Rating:
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Price:
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spam_i_am

 New York, NY
 

fuku good noodles

I have heard a lot about this place and finally tried it out. Totally met expections, as they served some of the best noodles I have had in a long time. As noted in the previous review, it’s definitely not cheap compared to stopping for some noodles in Chinatown, but the ingredients are top notch.

Decor/Ambiance: Simple and unpretentious. Consists of a long bar with stools (and side bar as well). Tough to seat large groups together, especially if it’s busy.

Drinks: Sake and beer … yes, Hitachino ale is available; try the White Ale.

Service: Good, fast, and friendly.

Would I eat here again? Yes

Momofuku Ramen

Noodles are just the right consistency; soft but not mushy. Broth is flavorful without being salty. Most excellent is the Berkshire pork … melts in your mouth without any hint of that smell pork sometimes has.

Steamed Pork Buns

Reminded me of Pulp Fiction when Travolta tries the $5 shake, and says something along the lines of, “I’m not sure if it’s worth $5, but that’s a f… good shake.” Best pork buns ever; buns are perfect consistency/texture, pork melts in mouth. 2 for $9

Pork neck with Shanghai noodles

Not as tasty as the Momofuku ramen, but broth was flavorful and pork tender. Very tasty.

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foodite

 New York, NY
 

"Cheap Eats", but not really

Generally the food is good and the ingredients are top notch, but by no means would I call it cheap eats. Skip the noodles ($14 for a bowl) and go with any one of their other sides. Don’t miss the seasonal pickle plate, the baby octopus salad, the mussels, and whatever seasonal dishes they have on the menu. Also, one of the only places that serves Hitachino Ale (Japan).

Seasonal Pickles

A variety of non-traditional pickled items all in one bowl – in the summer it includes canteloupe and watermelon along with traditional kimchees

Baby Octopus Salad

Baby octopus, tentacles and all, lightly seared and extremely tender

Momofuku Ramen

Good, but very pricey, includes standard ramen noodles with berkshire pork and pork neck, peas, scallions, bamboo shoots, and nori

Steamed Pork Buns

An instant classic – gently steamed mantou pocketing shreds of pork shoulder, a light brushing of hoisin, and a couple slices of fresh cucumber for crunch – almost perfect if not for the price, $9 for 2

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JacqulineL

 Brooklyn, NY
 

The ramen is not that good, but the non noodle...

The ramen is not that good, but the non noodle dishes are great. I usually get the pork buns, chicken wings, oxtail stew, and grilled shrimp with corn cooked with bacon and miso.

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karinam

 Brooklyn, NY
 

The sticky bums are really good and its a fun...

The sticky bums are really good and its a fun place to explore cold sakes. The staff is really knowledgeable.

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ShaiC

 New York, NY
 

The chicken wings were greatly overpriced and...

The chicken wings were greatly overpriced and not that great. The ramen is not the traditional yellow ramen, but it was decent. The Berkshire pork was great and almost make up for all the shortcomings of the soup’s blandness and the noodles’ consistency. This place is vastly overrated by people and reviews in newspapers and magazines.

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EstherGoo

 Brooklyn, NY
 

Love the momofuku ramen and the shitake...

Love the momofuku ramen and the shitake mushroom buns!

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jetleigh

 Seattle, WA
 

quality noodle bar in NYC

This restaurant is an excellent find in the East Village area. Yes, there are tons of ramen and noodle places in the area, but none as unique as Momofuku Noodle Bar.

Momofuku offers a pleasant and lively environment which is perfect for a noodle bar. The interior has a modern cedar wood theme and the space is big enough to be comfortable but small enough to be intimate.

The waitstaff is friendly and you can tell they enjoy themselves. The menu has a great selection of items – not just noodles. There are several small dishes. The steamed buns are a must (especially the shiitake). Then of course, there’s the noodles. There’s a choice of between 4 and 5 different kinds of noodles – some cold and some hot. I tried 2 different kinds and was impressed by both.

I think the best part about this restaurant is it is definitely hip with quality food, and yet the prices are very very reasonable – especially for NYC. Portions are perfect size and there is a great variety of things to order. Clearly they put a lot of thought into the menu.

The owners of Momofuku run several other joints in the area – including Momofuku Ko next door (reservations only), Ssam Noodle Bar, and a soon-to-be-opening bakery down the street.

After my experience at Momofuku Noodle Bar i’m really excited to try out the other restaurants by these owners.

Steamed Shiitake Buns

Maybe it didn’t sound all that special…but once you bite into it you’ll know why I rated this 5 stars. I could probably eat 5 or 6 of these in one sitting. The mushrooms are marinated in some special sauce and placed in steamed buns.

Shredded Pork Ramen

Tasty pork over ramen. The noodles they used for the ramen were the best part.

Bibim Gooksu

If you’re looking for cold noodles, this is a great choice. Served with egg, pickles, kimchee.

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stefanopm

 New York, NY
 

After quite a bit of effort, I managed to get...

After quite a bit of effort, I managed to get a reservation, and it was worth it! Everything was absolutely delicious, my favorite was the shaved foie gras. We did the wine pairing (more like alcohol pairing), which was good, it included some sake, beer, and red, white, and dessert wine. I’ve been trying to get another reservation but haven’t managed to yet. I probably wouldn’t do the wine pairing again as I prefer not to mix different types of alcohol.

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christinaj

 New York, NY
 

Excellent flavors. Definitely have the...

Excellent flavors. Definitely have the momofuku ramen, kimchi stew, rice cakes with oxtail ragu. All the appetizers we ordered were tasty (we got 6 for 4 people plus the 3 entrees). Big portions for the ramen and kimchi stew.

 

good food, but huge portions. try the pork...

good food, but huge portions. try the pork neck ramen – yes yes, it sounds gross but it’s delish. collard greens are a surpring ingredient but oh so yummy. couldn’t finish it. those steamed buns looked good. next time!

 

Good food... very oily though. Couldn't finish...

Good food… very oily though. Couldn’t finish because of the amount of oil in the Pork Ramen. The amount of meat in the noodles were awesome…

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bravewithfire

 New York, NY
 

One of my favorite places to stop in. Always satisfying. ...

One of my favorite places to stop in. Always satisfying. Don’t miss the pork buns – regardless of your opinion on pork. Try the pickled stuff. Order whatever the fresh-from-the-country option is. Let the staff pick for you and be sure to share.

 

over priced noodles and overrated - couldnt finish the fo...

over priced noodles and overrated – couldnt finish the food at least the portions were good i guess but it made me sick – WAY too oily and fatty. pork buns were pretty good but it felt like they just stuffed roast pork from chinatown into a man tao

 

WORTH EVERY PENNY and every minute spent...

WORTH EVERY PENNY and every minute spent online trying to get reservations. Went for dinner and the food was superb. I can’t really talk about specific dishes because they change every time. You definitely will not be disappointed though. :)

 

I've gone twice within the last 2-3 weeks;...

I’ve gone twice within the last 2-3 weeks; once for dinner and once for lunch. No repeats except for the shaved frozen foie gras with lychee, pine nut brittle, and riesling jelly, which happens to be the best single dish I’ve ever tasted. Dinner was roughly 10 courses while lunch had 17 and lasted 3 hours. Other standouts include the egg dishes, the sea urchin, and the risotto. Def prefer dinner since lunch was too much food, everything was very good. If I ever go for lunch again, I’m not eating for like 2 days.

 

Luckily, my friend and I arrived early, so...

Luckily, my friend and I arrived early, so there was no wait. I think the food was good. I had the momofuku ramen, which was good (to be honest not the greatest – I’ve had better), but the buns were sensational! The waiters were very attentive and very polite.

I would have given this place 3 and a half stars because I think the price is a bit high for this kind of food. Plus, like I said, the ramen was good but not excellent.

If I were to go back, I’d just get the buns – they’re yummy!

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Fri-Sat 06:00PM - 01:00AM
Sun 12:00PM - 04:00PM
Sun 06:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon-Thu 12:00PM - 03:00PM
Mon-Thu 05:00PM - 12:00AM
Fri-Sat 12:00PM - 04:00PM
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