Korean & Southern Style Fried Chicken for Sunday Brunch?! YES, PLEASE!
This may be old news to some of my NY foodies, but for those of you who don’t know about… get to know about it! Sunday, April 6th was probably my 6th or 7th time enjoying David Chang’s Korean and Southern style fried chicken brunch offered at Momofuku Noodle Bar in the lower east side (LES). This is a special brunch because you can’t just walk in and order it off the menu. You have to make a reservation in advance. Once you make the reservation, you get to invite up to 7 of your coolest friends and/or family to come and mangia with you! And for a really fair price- $125- TOTAL (well, not including tax & tip)! And of course this doesn’t include all of the drinks and pork buns you will want to order. And I DO recommend getting the pork buns. Although, even with all of the extra appetizers, drinks, and dessert it is rarely more then $50.00 per person if there are 8 people in your party (the max for fried chicken). Not a bad deal for NYC! Trust me.
Side note: Minimum of 4 people, max of 8 people: you get the same amount of fried chicken no matter what the size of your party. We had 8 people, and with all of the extra food we ordered (see below), we ended up taking 2 large pieces of fried chicken home. And our final bill before tip was $44.00 per person. I think we got 3 bottles of the hard cider, too. No slushies this time around 😉
We each started out with a pork bun (there are two per order) and a sausage bun. A couple of weeks ago when we were enjoying chicken brunch (yes, I knowwww) we ordered “breakfast buns” which were a special- dear Lord, GET THEM if they are on the menu! So good! I have also had the shrimp buns which are yummy, but they don’t compare to the pork buns. The buns are so fluffy and light- they are perfection! Add some sriracha- bam. Another new addition that we tried this week was the chilled spicy noodles. They have a real kick and are loaded with flavor! Really yummy! To drink we often get a bottle of the hard cider (or 3 as mentioned earlier- oops!). It is really refreshing and not too sweet. They also offer “adult slushies” with the flavor of the day or week. These are also delicious!
Time for the chicken. Now that you have sopped up the alcohol from the night before with some delicious pork fat, time for the mouthwater tower of fried chicken! It is served with a bowl of delicious fresh root vegetables, bibb lettuce and fresh herbs, mu chu pancakes, and four sauces. The sauces range from spicy jalepeño to a soy BBQ like sauce.
Beautiful, yes? Are you hungry now? The Korean style is spicy and sweet. The Southern style is super crispy on the outside and moist on the inside (that’s what he said! ah!).
After devouring creative chicken wraps, you must get dessert from the Milk Bar. There is always a choice of one or 2 unique soft serve ice cream flavors and a truffle du jour along with a couple of others desserts. I recommend the soft serve (SS) always and the truffles most times. Cut off a piece of truffle and dip it in the soft serve= party in your mouth! We indulged:
Also: The weekly Quinciple box arrives tonight! Get excited for some delicious farm to kitchen recipes coming up later in the week!
how far in advance does one have to reserve?
- up to four weeks in advance and at least 48 hours notice for Monday to Friday reservations. Saturday and Sunday reservations close at 8pm on Thursday evenings.
- (Keep checking the website though a little more then 48 hours before the time you would like to go. Often times parties cancel)
lunch mon – fri / 12 pm – 4:30 pm sat + sun / 12 pm – 4 pm
dinner sun – thurs / 5:30 pm – 11 pm
fri + sat / 5:30 pm – 2 am
171 first avenue btwn 10th + 11th street
new york, ny 10003 |