Must try: The buns, and the momofuku ramen
Price range: $$ Not bad
My rating: 8.5/10
Situated between 10th and 11th, on First Ave, momofuku noodle bar is always buzzing with 'bros' and 'hipsters'. We turned up for lunch at 12pm on a Friday and were lucky to get a seat. We were actually seated next to a number of New Yorkers who weren't used to this foodieholic taking photos of what I was about to consume, which resulted in a few overly long and awkward stares.
We got a couple of sharing plates, and each got a huge bowl of steaming momofuku ramen. That was more than enough for the both of us. The pork buns were everything they were made out to be, and much much more.
The famous momofuku pork buns with hoisin sauce, scallion and cucumber
Korean-style roasted rice cakes with red chilli, roasted onion and sesame
Momofuku ramen with pork belly, pork shoulder and a poached egg
I was more than stuffed when I finished my ramen, but I still had food envy when I saw the smoked chicken wings, and we didn't even try the sweets from the milk bar. Another good reason to go back when I'm next in New York!
All up, the meal came to ~$50 for two people, and we over-ordered so I thought it was pretty good value!
Meal: Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: Asian fusion
Address: 171 First Avenue, East Village, New York
Near: The great boutiques on 10th - there is even a sweet little shop that only sells stamps (they do custom stamps too)
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-4.30pm, 5.30-11pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm, 5.30pm-2am