Momofuku Noodle Bar and I have a very complicated relationship – I’m not a huge fan of their ramen and when they initially opened I was so underwhelmed by it that I never recommended this place to anyone for NYC ramen. Their noodles are too thin and with the price point, you can get better quality for cheaper at other places in the city.
That being said, their truffle menu, available only in the winter, is totally worth the visit! Their Black Winter Truffle Ramen is $49 but it was worth every penny and their quite generous with the truffle shavings as well. It’s also vegetarian (it doesn’t use tonkotsu broth). You can see their current menu here.
Momofuku Noodle Bar doesn’t take reservations for fewer than six people so you will have to put your name down. Obviously it’s better to show up earlier than later to avoid the dinner queues but there are plenty of bars nearby to kill time while waiting to be called.
They also had an appetizer of the day – $28 for crispy rice cakes sautéed in chicken stock and truffle butter with a generous helping of shaved black truffles on top. Not cheap but totally worth the experience! I had to fight my friend for the last few pieces because it was so addicting. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and truffle all around? Done.
I’m not me if I don’t order dessert so I ordered their dessert of the day which was Orange Creamsicle soft serve with a ginger crumble. I am not a huge fan of their Milk Bar so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but it was surprisingly good! It was much creamier and you can taste the orange but not overwhelming. The ginger crumble was a good touch and it added a great bite to it. I definitely enjoyed this one.