For our customary ramen date, my best friend and I headed to Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village.
Once seated, we immediately ordered two bowls of the Momofuku Ramen ($16) and an order of pork buns ($10). While the pork buns are good at Momofuku, they pale in comparison to the bangin’ magical pork buns at Ippudo. Each Momofuku bun comes with two fatty pieces of pork, scallion, and hoisin sauce. Their ramen, however, is one of the better bowls I’ve had in the city (my all-time favorite being the miso ramen at Totto Ramen). The signature ramen is shoyu based and comes with a slice of porkbelly, deliciously shredded pork shoulder, and a poached egg. I did add sriracha to the broth for some extra spice.
Momofuku is known for having long waits, but the wait for two people on a Thursday night at 8pm was only about 30 minutes. And while our waitress was friendly and fast, the dismissive and rude hostess made the wait seem longer.
Overall, I definitely recommend Momofuku to slurp up some tasty ramen. Oh, and the noodle bar stays open late Friday and Saturday with a late night menu from 12-2am!
171 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003