Momofuku Noodle Bar

15. January 2008 Chinese, East Village, Japanese, Korean 3

171 1st Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets
212/777-7773
about $58 for two, with one beer, with tip
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Updated: My bad. Momofuku Ko is still under construction in what used to be the original space of Momofuku Noodle Bar. Thanks, Zach.

Is there a stronger English word than savory that can describe the taste that is Momofuku? What I’m looking for is the translation for malinamnam, the Tagalog word for something really flavorful and delicious at the same time. What was Momofuku Noodle Bar is now a much larger and brighter space with more items in the menu that do not involve noodles. They needed it too, with all the accolades chef David Chang and his restaurants have been receiving the last couple of years. But that more-than-savory taste is still there.

A bowl of grilled baby octopus was tender. Julienned carrots and some seaweed were mixed in and made the dish more interesting. I thought the sesame seeds were a nice touch. They were out of the Brussels sprouts when I visited, so we ordered the Manila clams instead made pretty with slivers of celery.

I could have stopped there but every time I’m visiting one of the Momofukus, I can’t help but stuff myself. Even at more than $10, the big bowl of pork neck ramen with a beautifully-poached egg is a must-have. And it was as malinamnam as I remembered it from two stores down.

Related post/s:
I bought baby octopus before and cooked a Mario Batali recipe
Momofuku Ssam is still on the same spot


3 thoughts on “Momofuku Noodle Bar”

  • 1
    JoeD on January 15, 2008 Reply

    Are you sure you ate at Ko not the expanded Momofuku Noodle Bar. I heard Momofuku Ko will be in the old Noodle space with only 14 seats while Noodle moved to the bigger space. Also, thought KO was not open uet.

  • 2
    LESer on January 15, 2008 Reply

    i think you visited the new location of Noodle Bar… while Ko is slated to open in NB’s old location, it sadly has not yet opened its doors to the public (although Eater reports that they are hiring cooks this week)

  • 3
    Dingo on January 15, 2008 Reply

    Ko is not open yet, there is still paper over the windows. you actually reviewed the new noodle bar. oops.

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