Momofuku Noodle Bar

I've been to Momofuku Noodle Bar twice. First time was for dinner during a freezing snow storm, so the ramen really hit the spot. This time is during lunch on a warmer day during the end of summer. Momofuku's reputation goes far and wide and it definitely got my approval both times.

Fried Egg Buns (smoked pork loin, hollandaise, chives)
Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg)
Spicy Miso Ramen (smoked chicken, poached egg, sesame)
Chilled Spicy Noodles (sichuan sausage, spinach, cashews)

Taste: 8/10
I started with the Prohibition, which I chose because of the label design. Another choice would be their slushies! Filled with a fruity taste of either lychee or watermelon, with a dose of alcohol. Very refreshing. The bunds were delish as usual. The Momofuku Ramen was very good! The fatty pork belly was tasty along with the other ingredients. It could of used a pinch of more salt for some taste. The Chilled Spicy Noodles were also tasty but SUPER spicy. My low tolerance could barely handle a cashew from the bowl. But if you can handle the high, dry heat, this dish is a nice alternative from the usual ramen.

Service: 7/10
Their was a minor wait when we arrived in the nick of time for it to open for lunch. After we were seated at the bar, our drinks were promptly served. The noodles took a little extra time, but it's understandable with a packed house.

Decor/Branding: 9/10
Big fan of the multi-layered wooden interior. A nice compliment are the lights and tones. The combo gave a very warm, welcoming feel.

Tab(5): $$$

If you come at the opportune time to avoid the lines, Momofuku is a nice place to swing by. Nice atmosphere, chill drinks, buns to start off, and a satisfying bowl of ramen to end.

Linh Pham

New York, NY

Art Director & Visual Designer based in NYC