Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village NYC

I spent the past weekend in NYC, having an amazing time eating my way through the City with my friends from college! I told my friends that we had to go to one obnoxiously trendy restaurant, so of course we ended up at Momofuku. The wait on a Monday night was surprisingly short, and we were seated in a mere twenty minutes. We started with two specials for the night- seven spiced chips and a kimchi jar. The chips were delicious, but the kimchi definitely stole the show. It was spicy, sour and delicious- all of the things a good jar of kimchi should be! It disappeared within minutes of arriving at our table. Between the three of us, we ordered two bowls of Ginger Scallion Noodles and one Spicy Miso Ramen. First off, the ramen noodles at Momofuku were unreal. The perfect amount of bite, these noodles seemed fresh and so superior to any other ramen I’ve ever had. The Spicy Miso Ramen was intensely smoky, which is something I don’t usually enjoy, but I was able to get used to it and enjoy the dish. However, the Ginger Scallion Noodles were my favourite dish of the night- so awesome that I forgot to take a picture once we mixed them! The pickled shiitakes were addictive, and even though I couldn’t see a sauce the noodles packed a delicious, gingery punch. I highly recommend both dishes! Afterwards we walked over to Milk Bar, the Momofuku dessert stop. We each bought a cookie- blueberries & cream, cornbread and marshmallow & cornflake. I weirdly loved the blueberries & cream one, but the marshmallow & cornflake had to be my favourite. All three were great, and I would love to eat these basically every day of my life. We ended our Momofuku journey at Booker & Dax, the bar associated with the Momofuku family. While the drinks were wonderful, the service was unfortunately awful. My friends and I only meant to stay for a drink or two, but ended up spending two hours there (I should note that by the time we got there, things had quieted down so it wasn’t like we were causing other potential customers to get turned away). While I fully recognize that this is the kind of bar where people drop in and quickly leave after a drink or two, our waitress was blatantly rude and unwelcoming, even though we were nothing but friendly (and certainly not stingy- our bill was the largest bar tab I have ever had). We wanted to order a round of shots at midnight to mark our friend’s birthday, and she basically told us that we couldn’t; when it was clear that we were miffed she quickly yet snarkily backtracked, and said “order what you want, it’s clear that you guys know your way around alcohol”. We were shocked and disappointed at the way we were treated- even if we had been rowdy (which we weren’t), there are better ways to deal with a situation than to talk down to customers and make them feel incredibly unwelcome. So we sadly ended our Momofuku journey on a bad note. However the rest of our experience was wonderful, and I highly recommend the noodle bar and Milk. Fancy bars with great drinks are a dime a dozen in New York, and until Booker and Dax gets their act together I would suggest going elsewhere.

- priya

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Yuzu Palmer Slushie

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Seven Spiced Chips

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Kimchi Jar

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Ginger Scallion Noodles with shiitakes, cabbage, cucumber

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Spicy Miso Ramen with smoked chicken, swiss chard, sesame

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Cookies at Milk

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Marshmallow & Corn Flakes was my favourite!

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Booker & Dax

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2 thoughts on “Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village NYC

  1. Gorgeous photos Priya! I’ve always wanted to go to Momofuku (I keep hearing about their amazing food) but their ‘empire’ hasn’t reached Perth yet. One day!! Sorry to hear that your experience ended on such a bad note though. What rude service!!!! It actually made me mad just reading about that waitress’s attitude. She deserves a complaint! :(

    • It is so delicious! If you ever make your way out to NYC you definitely have to go. Yeah I was really upset about that waitress, and reliving it through writing about my experience has made me angry all over again! I might have to give them a call tomorrow…

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