September 27, 2012

Out to Eat: Momofuku Noodle Bar

Have you been to Momofuku Noodle Bar? It’s one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. Every time I visit my brother, we make a point to eat lunch here. This past July, I went with my brother & Joy. It was exceptional! But then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less. David Chang is one of my culinary heroes.

I immediately ordered one of their slushies. This one is an orange creamsicle made with Soju. It was HEAVEN.

It’s like a grown up Orange Julius. I should have ordered a large.

We started off with an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Watermelon & Crab. Light and refreshing!

They really excel at their seasonal dishes. The previous time I went I had fried green tomatoes. Hummina Hummina.

This is the Corn Chawanmushi with Trout Roe, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Arugula.

It was a savory custard. My brother really enjoyed this one. I was happy to have my beloved Arugula.

Pork Buns!!! If you’re a meat eater, these are a MUST. You just gotta.

They’re super tender and flavorful. They’re served with hoisin, scallions & cucumbers.

The buns are perfection too!

I orderedt the Spicy Miso Ramen. It has smoked chicken, Swiss chard & sesame in it.

It would be a dangerous thing if I lived within walking distance to this place.

A bowl full of deliciousness! The noodles are scrumptious.

It gets packed at Momofuku Noodle Bar, so be sure to arrive early.

They have a very small selection of desserts at the restaurant or you can walk right down the street to Milk Bar.

The corn cookie is one of my favorites. That and the cornflake marshmallow one. ZOMG.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 first avenue
btwn 10th + 11th street
new york, ny 10003

Momofuku Milk Bar East Village

251 e 13th st
new york, ny 10003
corner of 13th street / 2nd avenue

If you’re not able to go, you can make some of their dishes at home! Check out the Momofuku Cookbook and Momofuku Milk Bar!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Ive made quite a few recipes from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and would LOVE To eat at any of the restaurants! Thanks for this glimpse and peek inside!

  • Theresa

    A noodle bar! Rad! And there’s a cookbook, too! I will have to check out this cookbook! My son would love this!


  • the 3volution of j3nn

    So many unique items on their menu! Starting with a slushie and ending with noodles with a tender pork bun in between? You’re right. A place like this in walking distance would be so bad (but soooo gooood!).

  • wikigirl

    Yum! Have you watched the Momofuku Google interview? It’s so interesting to hear about her obvious passion for food. I’d never heard of this place before (I’m from Australia) but I was absolutely enthralled with her talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PoinT7Oi20

  • cindy

    the corn cookie is my fave, hands down! I had lunch there with my brother-in-law last year, we had the shitake buns, and two different ramen bowls. SO GOOD! I wish I had ordered that slushie…dang.

  • Bea @ Bea's Bites

    Aw, geez, Momofuku just opened up in Toronto. I guess I have to go now especially for the pork buns!

  • Mal @ The Chic Geek

    oooh, those noodles look so wonderful!

  • Masa

    It makes me sad when people rave about Chang’s noodles. Granted, there are different tastes for ramen, but I don’t see how they could be anything more than mediocre.

  • jenny

    two words: crack. pie. I was definitely a little disappointed by my milk bar experience–perhaps because I was picturing more of a bakery setup/atmosphere. it is definitely a bar. but, once I got past that, the confections were seriously insane.

    I can’t wait to try the noodle bar!

    • Tracy

      I’ve always wondered about the crack pie. It just seems super duper rich! The milk bar is teeeeeeeeeny. I totally thought it would be different, but I did love the product.

      • jenny

        it’s crazy rich. I split it with a friend at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon and we couldn’t eat dinner until 8! but it’s worth it to try at least once. 🙂

  • Suzy

    Sweet! We’re actually going to NYC in Nov. and I wanted to go to a good noodle bar. I don’t think it will be too far from where we are staying. Thanks Tracy!

  • Diane

    I love Momofuku despite never having eaten at one of the restaurants. I borrowed the cookbook from a friend and made the pork buns (all of it from scratch!) and made people who were visiting NY bring me back cookies from Milk Bar. The corn cookie’s my favorite too!

  • Corrin

    I was there earlier this month with my sister and I’m still dreaming about the roasted corn app.

  • Tina

    I wasn’t all that hungry until I read through this post and now I want that soup so badly!! Too bad there isn’t anywhere near me to even try and replicate it. Whaa!

  • tara

    oh my god i LOVE momofuku and i’ve never even been!! i just bought the momofuku cookbook though and i’m so excited. i actually made a post about ramen. and another post about the momofuku cookbook because i am in love with ramen. and momofuku. so jealous you got to eat there!!

  • Jen

    I’m planning my first trip to NYC next month. I’ve already made dinner plans, but I’m considering Momofuku Noodle Bar for lunch. The pictures in this post are amazing. I’d probably follow your lead and get the pork buns and Spicy Miso Ramen.

  • Emily @ www.main-eats.com

    I WANT to go there SO bad! Jealous-looks amazing!

  • maddy

    I really recommend doing their group dining options. you get to experience so much amazing food and it is such a rad place to celebrate. just make sure you plan ahead cause its gets booked.

  • Jayne

    Whenever I have noodles at a ramen store, it’s always spicy miso ramen for me. Always. I can’t get enough of noodles, spicy soup and miso!

  • suki

    For some reason, I never make it there when I’m in town. Have to put it up on the priorities list for my next trip. Dunno when that’ll be, but it’s always a good time for Momofuku!

  • bethany

    MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! My mouth is watering. Everything looks so heavenly. I have both cook books, Milk Bar, and Momofuku. I want to make something from Milk bar but it will take me days to do so…hopefully soon.

  • Mel@TheDizzyMom

    I’m so hungry now! I’ll have to settle for a late night bowl-o-cereal. Boo. I want those noodles!

  • Elizabeth Carter

    So I have to know..how spicy is the spicy miso ramen? That’s the kind I want to get this weekend but I don’t like super spicy!

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