Dine Out : Momosan Ramen & Sake

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Momosan Ramen and Sake in Murray Hill is Masaharu Morimoto's first ramen focused restaurant. The name comes from one of the former Iron Chef's nicknames in the kitchen. Punctuated by whitewashed brick and dark wood details, the modern and relaxed space features an expansive bar area that offers an extensive range of sake brewed from different regions as well as sake based cocktails. The seating options include counter seating by the entryway and booths as well as communal tables in the back. The ramen centric menu puts the focus on four versions of traditional ramen - Tonkotsu, Tokyo Chicken, Tantan and Tsukemen that can be customized with a choice of toppings. A variety of appetizer options are on offer with everything from edamame, sticky ribs and a soft shell crab bao to a crispy pig ear with a Japanese mayo aioli.

We went during lunch and took advantage of their lunch sets which includes a choice of small ramen, a small don (rice bowl) and side of small pickled cabbage for $16.50. We also added a kakuni bao for $3. There is also an option to add two gyoza for $3. This is a pretty good value for lunch in midtown for the amount of food you get. The braised pork belly in the kakuni bao was meager in size but it had a nice texture and the lettuce, mustard mayo provided a tasty combination of flavors. The bun itself could have been a little less thick and doughy in my opinion. The zuke don with soy marinated tuna, nori, scallion was fresh and well balanced and the curry don was hearty and comforting. We both opted for the classic tonkotsu ramen, with wavy noodles served in a hearty pork based broth, topped with pork chashu, soy marinated egg, spicy mustard leaf, wood ear mushrooms, toasted nori and homemade garlic oil. The rich and flavorful broth played off the chewy noodles perfectly and the tender slices of chashu just melted in our mouths. The ramen is the star of the show here as it should be. The service was pleasant and efficient. This place is a solid option for quick and casual dining in midtown and we'd definitely return to try some of their specialty ramen options at dinner. They serve a peking duck ramen as well as a gyukotsu ramen made with a beef rib that's been  braised for seven hours.

P.S. Chef Morimoto was always our favorite on Iron Chef Japan. The original show was so much better than the American ripoff which is cheesy AF.

Thank you to everyone for the kind words of encouragement on my last post. It is something that we will get past but it it always seems like things get more difficult before they get easier.

Momosan Ramen & Sake
342 Lexington Avenue
New York City
$ - $$

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Unknown said...

This restaurant looks super delicious! Thank you for sharing!


Doctor Anne said...

The first time I tried Ramen was in Australia, funny enough. These days it is easy to get in Germany too, but I don't think I could judge the quality.

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Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! Oh, this place looks like my ideal one, the food seems tasty and I like the decor. Hope things will improve and get fine soon, you deserve to be happy. Have a nice week! xo

Jackie Harrison said...

This looks amazing I will enjoy a meal in this place thank you for sharing another amazing restaurant.

Paola Lauretano said...

Lovely place and this food sounds delicious!
Kisses, Paola.

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

This is really a great place! I love the food!I would to visit such place. Happy Monday dear <3

Emmylou said...

I wish he would open one here in Toronto! I love Morimoto too, chingu:) I have been looking for his Mastering The Art of Japanese Cooking in bookstores around me, but I think I may have to get it online...sigh....anyhoo, your food pics are just making me drool as always:D The ramen looks sooooo good, and yay for the good service as well:)

Lena L said...

Hi, Rowena! I haven't been online a lot lately and I missed out on your last post. Sorry to hear that you're dealing with an issue. I am sure you're doing wonderfully and things soon will be better.

I like Momosan, too. I like their ramen selections but it was the curry rice I went for the next time I went there. :)

Hena Tayeb said...

mm that looks really good.. especially that ramen. nom nom

Gabrielle said...

This does look like a lovely spot for lunch - and I love the exposed white brick wall, it adds a lot to the ambience!


Beauty Unearthly said...

Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

Oh to Be a Muse said...

We have so many Ramen places nearby, but I still have yet to make it out to one.


Shireen L. Platt said...

Ramen is one of my favourite food ever and I swear it's a dish that I can eat every single day. On another note, you are right about things always get worse before getting better, stay strong, Rowena.

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Kasztanowy Domek said...

Lovely place!
Happy new week!:)


Pilar said...

You visit some great restaurants Rowena! Stay strong my friend, and have a wonderful week!

Unknown said...

A fantastic place and a menu top

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Margaret Dallospedale said...

Everything looks so delicious!
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A Very Sweet Blog said...

The food sounded good Rowena. Love the aesthetics of the restaurant.I love dark & light. Very modern.

Jenny said...

I love ramen and like that they have interesting flavors like peking duck...that sounds amazing!! Really loving the aesthetics of the place as well, especially those exposed brick walls!

Jenny | Geeky Posh

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh man you made me super hungry. I love ramen and can't wait for it to get cold enough to eat it. Will have to check this out when the weather turns crisp. If it ever does, so over this extended humid summer.

Allie of

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

What delicious treats! The place looks so inviting that invites you to spend a good time with the couple or friends.