Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Why did we dine here? – Noodle Heaven! Best Pho? Momofuku Noodle is part of David Changs Momofuku empire. We choose this restaurant due to its accessible menu and moderate cost. We were not interested in his higher end places.
You can get a reservation if you order their Fried Chicken at $150. It feeds 4-8. No thanks, too expensive and the reviews are mixed on it.
Line up 30 minutes before the place opens to get a seat in the first round. If you need to wait, you can leave a number for them to text you.
Insider Tip – Get there before they open and line up. Check the menu. Skip the fried chicken
Cuisine – Asian Noodles
Location – East Village, New York City
Opened – 2007
Service – Momofuku Noodle had solid service with an experienced server who helped us order. Even though this place is chaotic, we never felt much need to grab servers.
Verdict – Momofuku Noodle helped us understand what all this Momofuku hype is all about. Solid dishes and reasonable prices especially for New York City.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Momofuku Noodle Signature Dishes – Pho, Ramen, Buns.
Momofuku Noodle’s Menu changes daily with many buns, noodle bowls, and small plates sticking around longer.
Momofuku Noodle Food Picks:
Strawberry Rhubarb Slushie ($6) is a small frozen cocktail that packed a hidden punch. Hide it from the kids.
Chilled Mayan Prawns – Old Bay, lemon, chili butter ($15) was a daily special with 3 large fresh prawns. Clean pristine cooking style.
Chicken Pho – cilantro, fried shallots, jalapeño oil ($15) was a daily special and fantastic. Beware of the very spicy chili on the side. No egg noodles with lots of chicken and sprouts. Nice robust broth. Every bit brought some crispy shallot texture along with tender noodles.
Momofuku ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg ($16) is their signature dish and is Excellent. Very robust broth flavor with a cool egg on top.
Chilled Spicy Noodles – Sichuan sausage, Thai basil, sweet cashews ($14) was the weaker of the noodles. No eggs, VERY spicy and a huge sausage.
Pork Buns ($12) are a signature dish. 2 huge buns with fatty pork. The could be smaller and more delicate. Good but not fantastic. No eggs.
Baby Bok Choy ($7) Asian Pear, Sesame, Kimchi Vinaigrette did not really look expected. A tossed salad Asian style with fish sauce and some bits of heat.
Smoked Chicken Wings – pickled chili, garlic, scallion ($14) had no egg batter and were more clean cooked than most. Not very spicy and more on the meaty side. If you like San Tung style wings, skip this.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?