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Some Momofuku Q's

Noodle bar has changed their menu around, they now have a $20 three course lunch prix fixe and a $30 four course dinner (with both of these the final course is softserve). I had the lunch yesterday, they started me off with a raw scallop dish and the main was a new steak dish. For $20 (just $4 more than the combo ramen) it was a ridiculous bargain and the food was very good.

These prix fixe seem to be the main focus of the Noodle Bar right now as the rest of the menu has been scaled back--for example, they only offered three "bowl" dishes at lunch yesterday, the Momofuku ramen (that means no just pork or just chicken ramen was on the menu), the kimchi stew, and the ginger scallion noodle. Sunday night I was there for dinner and they only offered the Momofuku ramen, pork belly ramen, and magnificent chilled spicy noodles dish.

May 13, 2009
layupjones in Manhattan

authentic el pastor tacos

The 96th street truck is great, but their tacos al pastor are weak and don't come from a spit--try the carne enchilada instead.

The best and most authentic tacos al pastor I've had in the city were at Los Portales in Astoria.

Jan 22, 2009
layupjones in Manhattan

New Momofuku Ssam Bar Lunch Menu

Last Friday I walked past the Ssam bar the first time post-renovation and took a look at the posted lunch menu to see if any changes had been made. To my horror (perhaps too strong a word but I definitely didn't like what I saw) they have dropped their great Lunch Box deals in favor of a $28 prix fixe option of a starter (bun, pickles, or something else [if I remember correctly]), entree (fish, rice cakes, or steak ssam) and dessert (blondie pie or shortcake). While the meal is a deal at that price (especially if the entrees are full portions), I'd rather be able to split a pork bun lunch and a pork bowl lunch with a friend for that same price. Between this and the thinning of the noodle bar menu I wonder if there's still a place for me in the Momofuku universe. Oh, and also disappeared from the lunch menu? That great grilled pork belly ssam with the clams and mustard.

Anyway, anyone try the prix fixe lunch yet? Or have a better take on this situation? I've searched the internet for other grumblings but have found nothing.

Sep 16, 2008
layupjones in Manhattan

Shanghai Square on 13th

Had lunch here yesterday. One of the more generous Chinese lunch deals I've encountered, choice of soup or salad plus choice of appetizer of sorts along with a fairly ample serving of your main dish...I had hot and sour soup, pretty good, chicken wontons, all right, and the quite acceptable General Tso's chicken. Oh! And they included a few pieces of orange with the lunch, too. Not too bad and good for the neighborhood, I'll probably return someday.

But things are a little weird at Shanghai square. The menu is essentially all Chinese, but the meal was served in a bento box. When I asked for hot mustard they told me they didn't have any, but offered me a slightly spicy mayonnaise of sorts and chili sauce. A little odd, but not much more than that.

Sep 16, 2008
layupjones in Manhattan

La Esquina Recs

I'm having dinner at La Esquina (downstairs) next week and am interested in some recommendations on what to order. Particularly, I was wondering if anyone had a take on their tostadas de tinga. Excellent tinga is one of my absolute favorite Mexican foods, right up their with al pastor straight with a bit of char straight from the spit.

Aug 06, 2008
layupjones in Manhattan

Would you take kids to Babbo's?

Once at Babbo I sat by a couple that had brought their baby with them. She sat in a high chair perfectly behaved and ate cheerios while her parents enjoyed their grown up meal.

Jun 19, 2008
layupjones in Manhattan

Best Sushi Below 23rd?

In your opinion, what's the best sushi to be had below 23rd street? Thinking of spending up to $60 a person.

Jun 09, 2008
layupjones in Manhattan

Specialty McDonalds???[moved from General Chowhounding board]

McDonalds in Japan have a sandwich called the "Ebi Filet-O", it's basically a Filet O Fish made out of shrimp that have been pressed together and fried. Totally awesome, incredibly addictive.

Mar 11, 2008
layupjones in Chains

Where can I find tomatillos?

Does anyone know of a grocery store (preferably in or around the Village) that carries tomatillos? Jefferson Market, Citarella, and my local Food Emporium didn't have any.

Dec 05, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

Nook and Kyotofu

Nook is a great place. While I found the mushroom cigar appetizers that they push so heavily a little unexciting, I really enjoyed their Thai marinated lamb. My girlfriend had salmon and really liked it. I don't think you can go wrong with any of their entrees.

Oct 11, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

Vanilla Coke

Does anyone know where I can get bottled vanilla coke in the city? I can't find it anywhere!

Jun 25, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

so what is best for breakfast at balthazar

I often crave their full English breakfast and make sure to order something from the bakery.

May 23, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern Crowds

I'm planning on visiting the front room tomorrow night (Wednesday). What sort of wait should I expect for a table for 2 if we want to eat at 8? Would we do much better at 7? or 9?

Also, any particular recommendations from the current menu?


May 22, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

Shake Shack Pickles

Does anyone know where the pickles at the Shake Shack come from? I made my first visit of the year to the shack this week and was struck by how tasty they were. I wondered if maybe they came from either of the lower east side pickle establishments.

Apr 15, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

kool bloo?

I liked it and look forward to eating there again. I had their buffalo (as in the sauce, not the animal) burger and it was very satisfying. Good fries, very rich milkshakes.

Mar 28, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan

Best BLT?

I don't refer to Prime, Fish, Burger, or Steak but actual bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches. Who makes your favorite in the city? As the weather improves, my thoughts drift more often to its simple deliciousness . . .

Mar 28, 2007
layupjones in Manhattan