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Chambers Hotel, 15 W. 56th St., nr. Fifth Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-757-5878 | www.momofuku.com
HOURSMon.-Tues.: 7:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm; Wed.-Sat.: 7:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30, Sun.: 7:00am-11:00am, 5:30pm-10:00pm
BEST FORBreakfast; lunch; dinner
PRICE (SMALL DISHES; LARGE DISHES)USD 9-16; USD 16-32
FAMOUS PLATESBanh mi; striped bass; steak frites; beef 7 ways
DRINKS AND WINECocktails; beer; sake; wine
# OF SEATS100-150
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY57th St. (G); 57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
The Momofuku group has broken out of the East Village with this posh Midtown eatery in the Chambers Hotel. True to form, the design is muted (think simple wooden communal tables, white walls, and glossy concrete floors) but surprisingly comfortable. Chef Paul Carmichael whips up dreamy French-Vietnamese treats ranging from crisp, light banh mi (at lunch only) to dinner fare like scallops, striped bass, and pork chops (among other specialties) and the absolutely decadent seven-course Vietnamese feast “beef 7 ways.” There’s also a bar menu and an outlet of the ever-delightful Momofuku bakery Milk Bar.
A relatively young, savvy crowd of Midtown professionals, Momofuku fans, and guests from the Chambers Hotel.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s upscale casual. We’d try to match the surrounds by going for an understated look like a simple sheath dress and black heels.
GO HERE WITH
Foodies; colleagues - for a trendy Midtown lunch; a group - for gorging on beef 7 ways
WHY WE LIKE IT
The food is divine. Plus, the venue is surprisingly versatile (it would work for everything from a casual business lunch to a pre-theater bite) and also has a bit more flair than typical, clubby Midtown joints. Don’t miss the chamomile daiquiri.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Having the Milk Bar right next to the entrance is downright dangerous…we end up having dessert twice (at least!).
GOOD TO KNOW
If you’re on the go, grab the “Midtown Lunch” for USD 10–it’s one of the best lunch deals in this part of town. (Lunches must be ordered by 11:00am and picked up at the time specified.) The bar is open Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-12:00am and Sunday, 11:00am-10:00pm; it offers a light snack menu after the restaurant closes. Beef 7 ways is USD 450 total for a party of 4-8 (excluding tax, tip, and drinks), and must be booked in advance (there is a USD 150 cancellation fee if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice). Momofuku’s other ventures in NYC include momofuku noodle bar, momofuku ssäm bar, momofuku ko, and Milk Bar.
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