Momofuku Fried Chicken (Noodle Bar)
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
2 Locations: 135 Ludlow Street (LES) & 112 Macdougal Street (Greenwich village)
Price: Varies (Famous crepe $10)
Thinking back on my Paris trip a few years back, I don’t remember having many foods that were memorable. Maybe I just didn’t go to the right spots back then or maybe I didn’t quite develop a foodie palette or craving to try all the best foods the French had to offer. Regardless, I do remember some of the very simple eating memories…the home made dinner at friend’s place with cheap wine and coke mix, eating freshly baked baguettes with nutella in the mornings, and crepes. I might sound crazy but, crepes just seemed like the most versatile food you can find there. You can go to a street vendor and get a crepe and walk around eating it, nice breakfast/brunch sit down place & get a crepe, after dinner get a dessert crepe, & after a night of going out you could get a crepe to satisfy your hunger.
In NYC, it was nice to see a crepe place in the middle of LES on Ludlow run by a wonderful French woman (I think?) to satisfy the daily hungers for every aspect of New York life. You could order a crepe that contains anything from variety of fruits/nutella to smoke turkey & bacon from early morning to late night (8am – 3am). We had a “Famous Crepe” which had strawberries, banana, whipped cream, nutella, and ice cream which was perfect after a LES dinner. Definitely going back and trying the Brie with pears & walnuts crepe.
-Location: 9 W 32nd St (Btw 5th Ave. & Broadway)
-Price: $16.95 for Ojinguh Dduck boki & cheese (enough for 3 people)
There are times when you really want to LIKE a restaurant because all the factors make it seem like it will be a great place to eat. From all the factors of close proximity to work lunch, cute girl handing out mildly false flyers in front of the restaurant, and most importantly the rumor they have tastiest version of your favorite Korean food: Dduck Boki! In the case of Arang restaurant located in the heart of Manhattan’s K-town they are known more accurately for their Spicy sautéed calamari & rice cakes w/ melted mozzarella & American cheese.
The dish comes out in two parts: The dduck boki and a another dish with rice, dry seaweed, & kimchee which you mix in with the sauce later. We discovered the serving they give can satisfy the cravings of 3 adult men due to the heaviness/greasiness of the dish. They gave ample rice cakes which is very filling but, the cheese was a bit overwhelming. Everything felt a bit too fusion. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the mixture of rice & sauce at the end of the meal, alot more than the actual main dish. This dish would go much better in the evening with some drinks and with other dishes more than eating it as a solo lunch meal.
Lastly, negative sporks for bad service. There were only 4 other customers in the restaurant and it took forever to order, get water, & checks. I thought Korean restaurants are suppose have good service??