David Chang has gone from East Village rebel to awards-circuit veteran, piling up accolades from Bon Appétit, GQ, the James Beard Society, Food & Wine and just about anyone who has ever eaten a pork bun. And years later, his Noodle Bar is still original, fun and, at times, outstanding. Noodle Bar made its bones taking the economic savior of college students everywhere—ramen noodles—and making them hot, duding up most of the bowls with sexy yet earthy ingredients like poached eggs and pickled pear, the latter turning the pork broth of the beef brisket nguyen into a spicy fruit tea.
|Venue name:||Momofuku Noodle Bar|
171 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 10th and 11th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–4:30pm, 5:30–11pm; Fri noon–4:30pm, 5:30pm–1am; Sat noon–4pm, 5:30pm–1am; Sun noon–4pm, 5:30–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; N, R, W to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
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- 4 star:3
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My favorite noodle spot. I always get the cold noodles and they never disappoint. The pork buns are also amazing. Momofuku can do no wrong!
Momofuku, the brainchild of David Chang, is known for its ramen, Asian fusion dishes, and large format meals.
At Momofuku Noodle Bar, they specialize in ramen (obviously) and fried chicken dinners. Due to its popularity, there will almost always be a wait here, regardless of time of day. I'd recommend putting your names down and then checking out a local bar like Keybar for some drinks.
I've tried both their ramen and fried chicken here, and while the ramen is pretty standard (I prefer Totto and Minca, honestly), their fried chicken are the true standouts. Like all their large format dinners, you will need to make a reservation beforehand (4-8 people), and make sure you're there for your reservation on time or there will be a $100 charge.
Their fried chicken dinner is done in two styles - a southern style buttermilk and a Korean style. The generous portions are more than enough to feed your entire party, and each piece is insanely juicy, with a crispy layer of fried crust. My only complaint is that while their chicken is amazing, I just don't think it's worth the price. Overall though, including the experience, I'd say it's a pretty solid dinner spot.
Got there just before they closed for the afternoon and was seated right away. Loved everything especially the shrimp buns.
Delicious food for a great price. The pork belly ramen always hits the spot on a cold/rainy day. Make sure to try the brisket buns!
This ramen house is one of my favorites in NYC and a perfect meal as the temperature falls. I typically go for their namesake, the momofuku ramen with pork belly, pork shoulder, and a poached egg. They have daily specials, soju slushies and fried chicken (reserved in advance for 4-8 people).