Just Peachy

February 17, 2010

When you live in one part of NYC, you tend to stay in one part of NYC. This may seem strange to anyone who doesn’t live here, but when you have hundreds of good places to eat and shop within a five block radius, venturing too far from your home base seems silly. But when there’s somewhere really, really good to go, you get out the Metrocard.

Such is the case with Momofuku Noodle Bar. We hopped on the 14d after bowling at Chelsea Piers and took it allllllllll the way to First Avenue, then walked down a few blocks to the restaurant. It’s usually crowded, but today, maybe because of the snow, there was no wait. We brought Austin, and it’s fun for kids to sit at the counter and watch them cooking up a storm. (But I wouldn’t exactly call it a kid-friendly place, since the menu is limited and the food is spicy.) The steamed buns are delicious to start. There are two in an order; perfect for sharing. I’m partial to the chicken but the pork is good too. A dab of hot sauce will do ya. My favorite thing on the menu right now is the Chilled Ginger Scallion Noodles. It’s noodles mixed with fresh spinach, spicy pork and candied cashews — the sweet/salty thing going on is delish. My favorite thing you can order off the menu is the Kimchi Stew. Super spicy, super filling with these awesome soft rice cakes throughout. It’s served with a bowl of rice, which you need to cool your mouth off. They offer soft serve for dessert that’s supposed to be tasty, but we’re always too full.

This is a delicious compost cookie!

Afterwards, head over to Momofuku Milk Bar, on 13th Street just west of 2nd Avenue. This is some sort of bakery on acid. Anderson Cooper had been on TV raving about the compost cookies, so we got some to take home. They’ve got mini chocolate chips, pretzels, candies, fritos — really anything laying around and delicious — mixed right in. They have some amazing looking cakes and pies — there’s one called “crack pie” which is made with butter, sugar and other addicting treats, hence the name. There are some tables to stand and chow at, but it’s more of a take it home place.

Highly recommend both places, plus you get a scenic bus ride!

Momofuku Noodle Bar is at 163 First Avenue. Most entrees are $12 – $16. Momofuku Milk Bar is at 207 Second Avenue. Cookies are $1.85 each or 3 for $5. Pie is $5.25 a slice.


The snow fell all day here, but it didn’t amount to much. We didn’t let it cramp our style. Hung out with a bunch of friends and bowled, headed east for lunch and went to watch Austin’s progress in his swimming class. Nice to have an extra day off of work, but now it’s back to the salt mines tomorrow…

Hope you’re having a good week!


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