Hi all. Hubby and I went to Momofuku on 1st Ave b/w 10th and 11th streets tonight.
Excellent! Fresh! Delicious! Simple! Satisfying!
Smallish space with an open kitchen and barlike sitting. Half in front of line (cooking space) and the other half towards the front of the room. We sat right in front of David and his cooks. One comes in, sits down wherever possible, and the nice female servers will come over for drinks and ordering. Menu is very simple. Apps, Noodles & Rice, Drinks.
Fried Pork Dumplings. Delicious! Thin dough with just the right crispiness that ends up melting in your mouth. Pork filling very savory, juicy and well seasoned. Soy dipping sauce. Perfect, fresh, juicy dumplings. 5 portions.
Steamed Pork Buns. Jesus! Pork Belly Fans please go now. Order of 2 buns in a soft and sweet steamed bread, spread with what were pretty sure is hoisin on both sides of the bread, packed full of thinly sliced, picked cucumber, chopped scallions, and juicily moist pork belly. Yum! Yum! Yum! And Yum!
Momofuku Ramen their signature dish. Deep, filling bowl of freshly cooked ramen in a greatly flavored broth. Topped with pork belly, shredded pork, scallions, nori, and a poached egg (couple other things too). Savory broth with delicious pork. I liked the noodles the way they were, but they couldve been cooked a bit more.
Chicken and Egg Sort of like on Katsu Don. Rice, crispy-seared chicken and poached egg with a sauce (soy and mirin...?). Great, great dish. Simple, filling, and so delicious. Only thing that couldve made it better wouldve been Pork Belly substituting chicken. (Sorry, we LOVE pork in this household. =P)
Water for me, Brooklyn Indian Pale for him. They have basics like soda, still and sparkling water, juice, tea, and a great Sake selection.
None in menu. But we made our own dessert: a 2nd round of Pork Buns. What a great ending. Theyre awesome!
Other items we saw being made: Fresh oysters, edamame, different ramens, kimchi, mussels, and LOTS more. I havent found a menu online that shows it all, so ask if they can fax it or just go by. It was a great end to a long day full of dreary rain and cold wind. Total check was $50 plus a $10 tip ($60) for: dumplings, 2 orders of buns, Momo Ramen, Chicken & Egg, 1 Beer. David Chang has a great thing going here. Basic, simple food, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Worth every penny and a walk in the nasty city rain.