Momofuku is the East Village restaurant where David Chang launched his Momofuku empire back in 2004. Today it still serves ramen and a roster of other dishes that change with the seasons.
Today the noodle bar only takes reservations for the fried chicken on the menu meant to feed 4-8 people, and those reservations are only made online. Otherwise, plan to join the ranks of walk-ins for things like Momofuku’s pork buns, rice cakes in chile sauce with caramelized onions, ramen with bacon-enhanced pork bone broth, and more.
Fried Chicken Experience
The reason reservations are needed for the fried chicken at Momofuku Noodle Bar is that it includes two whole fried chickens and feeds 4-8 people. One chicken is prepared in southern style with a buttermilk batter while the other is a triple-fried Korean style dish paired with a light spicy glaze.
The meal comes with sides including mu shu pancakes, baby carrots, bibb lettuce, red radishes, and is served with four sauces and an herb basket. The cost is $135 for the entire party, but does not include additional dishes, drinks, tax, or tip.
This fried chicken experience brings eating fried chicken beyond finger licking good.
Not Your Everyday Ramen
Ramen is served up with Momofuku variety. If you’ve never been there before you might want to start with a bowl Momofuku ramen made with pork belly, pork shoulder, and poached egg.
Or if your a little more adventurous and enjoy spicy dishes, you might want to give the spicy Miso ramen or the chilled spicy noodle bowl.
If your tastes fall somewhere in between, the horzon ramen made with scallion, chickpea, and kale, or the ginger scallion noodle bowl made with pickled shiitake mushrooms, cucumber, and cabbage provide a tantalizing way to experience ramen unlike anything you’ve tried before.
No matter which you choose, it’s like eating comfort food with a delicious twist.
The restaurant also serves unique snacks like kimchi, pic tails, or a spicy cucumber. And for dessert, they offer soft serve, truffles and more to top of your dining experience with a sweet treat.
No matter what you choose from the menu, this is one restaurant you won’t want to miss when you visit the Big Apple.
Photo credits: Mark Kelly