I visited Noodle bar on Monday night to celebrate my best friend's move to Thailand. We were pretty regular customers (two times a month usually), and considering our post-college budgets it was always something we looked forward to.
However, since late February prices have gone WAY up. I was appalled at how expensive things had gotten. The regular ramen was now $11 or 12 dollars (up from $9), with the Momofuko ramen at a whopping $16. Most of the hot and cold appetizers hover around $10, and the specials are in the mid $20s range.
I understand the high quality of ingredients Mr. Chang uses, many of them local, cost a bit extra but the huge price jumps (I remember the Momofuko ramen being about $12 on my last visit, but it possibly could have been $14 though I doubt it) I think is unreasonable.
I was at the counter over looking the kitchen and asked a chef what the reason was and he said it was the cost of flour. I understand its gotten extremely expensive very suddenly, but $4? really?
Since it was a special occassion I let it all slide on Monday, and went out with a bang. Though I think Noodle bar is strictly a "very special occassion" place for me from now on.