Another report on Momofuku. Overall all pretty good place that I will return to often.
Dishes: Mainly ramen with some great apps.
The place is all stools and bar seating, no tables. 1/2 the seats are facing the kitchen - it's cool to see how it all comes together.
Apps: The fried dumplings were good - lots of flavor.
The roasted rice cakes (I think that's what they call it) very much resemble a Korean dish called Duk bo kee [rice pressed into tube shapes, then grilled and served in a spicy red sauce]. Very good.
Pork buns. I think the reviews so far have focused on this app and for good reason, it's f%$#ing good. It's like a roast pork sandwich where the "bread" is like that of the steamed pork buns you get at dim sum places and the pork is the Berkshire pork that this place is becoming known for (holy crap, it's good). Hoison sauce, cucumber slices... this was a great dish, except that at $6 for 2, it seems a bit too much, but then again, I'd pay for it again b/c it's so damn good.
Main dish was the Momofuku Ramen. Another hit. Some have complained that the noodles are too soft, and perhaps they are, but I liked them...a lot. My only compaint about this soup was that is seemed to have _too_ much going on. Lots of flavors (especially that pork) happening, if they omitted a few items and simplified it, it may be better. Unfortunately, again, the price seemed a bit much...$13+.
The plain ramen was $6 or $7, but once you start adding stuff to it, the price goes up (of course).
Anyway, this is a place I plan on returning to often.
3 apps, 1 ramen (w/the works) and a coke for $42 (includes tax and tip). We were VERY full (and satisfied) after leaving.