Location: 171 1st Ave (bw 10th & 11th St)
A friend expressed the desire to try any of the momofuku restaurants; and having tried noodle bar and ssam before, I wanted to try something “new.” I didn’t want to pay for the bo ssam dinner because my mama makes a killer home-made bo ssam and there’s a key ingredient to hers that momo lacks: motherly loooove.
I guess I got lucky with reservations because I got a Friday night reservation (11:55pm) on my 2nd try. The reservation process was meticulous (sign-up, cc, confirmation print out) and warnings were plenty (you will get charged the full $100 if you cancel within 24 hours). They wound up not checking the printed confirmation.
Prior to the chicken we were presented with 4 sauces, (bibim, soy, hoisen, and scallion), vegetables (lettuce, carrots, radish, mint), and mu shu wrap. Nothing really to comment about here.
The chicken itself. I preferred the korean style while a couple of the guys preferred the southern. I always hated old bay, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I wasn’t a huge fan of the southern style. I thought it tasted burnt and way too salty. The lettuce and wrap did make it a bit better though. The sauces, vegetables, and wrap does make the whole experience a bit more different and unique but it was A LOT of food for 4 diners. I would highly recommend a party larger than 6, even if the 4 diners have been famished for days.
I wasn’t crazy about the whole fried chicken experience; the chicken didn’t change my world nor expose my palate to a whole new level. It was decent fried chicken and honestly, it’s way too hyped for my taste buds.
maybe next time momo