The Boyfriend and I were wandering around the East Village after making a pitstop at an iPhone repair shop. We had no idea where to eat for lunch – until we stumbled onto Momofuku Noodle Bar. We’ve heard about the insane wait times during dinner so we thought, ‘hey, why not try it now?’ We were seated right away after walking in at about 1:00pm. We opted to sit at the bar (their tables have hooks for your bags!) instead of a table. This way, we could watch all the chefs making the food!
We started off with their Pork Buns ($10.00), which aren’t on the menu but written on the blackboards along the walls of the restaurant. They come two to an order and were absolutely delicious. I love that they use hoisin sauce instead of spicy mayo – when it comes to buns, I prefer hoisin sauce. The pork belly was super tender and practically melted in my mouth. Based on personal preference (hoisin sauce!), I have to say this is the best pork bun I’ve had.
I went with the Momofuku Ramen, which has pork belly, pork shoulder and a poached egg. First off, I absolutely loved the poached egg. It’s different from other ramen places, who serves soft-boiled eggs with their ramen. The ramen noodles themselves were very good – very bouncy and chewy. However, I felt that the broth itself wasn’t as good as many other ramen restaurants. It was nice but not as flavorful as I’m used to.
The Boyfriend opted for the Spicy Miso Ramen, which is served with smoked chicken, swiss chard and sesame. I didn’t try his since I’m not that big of a fan of spicy ramen but he said it was quite good.
For dessert, we went with Lucky Charms Soft Serve, which I had no idea even existed until our waiter told us the flavor of the day. It was so good! It tastes like the milk that’s left after you finish your bowl of Lucky Charms. I loved it!
Service was quick and attentive. My water glass was never half empty and our dishes were always cleared in a timely manner. I think next time I might pass on the ramen and just get two orders of the pork buns for myself!