Momofuku Nishi’s Like…

Momofuku Nishi’s Like…

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The Place: Momofuku Nishi, David Chang’s new spot where you’ll experience a whole new tip-free, kind of Korean, a little bit Italian world. One that’s open now in Chelsea.

We checked it out for you. Hope that’s okay. Here’s what we found.

The Hype: There’s… been a lot of hype.

The Reality: True enough. By opening, lines were literally around the block. (Admittedly the place is close to a corner, but still.)

The Hype: You’ll find both Korean and Italian.

The Reality: For sure. There’s a cacio e pepe made with chickpea paste instead of pecorino romano. The pork shoulder with white kimchi is perfectly pork-shoulder-y. And the chewy noodle-like dumplings were Nice-Hot-Bowls-of-Soup-worthy.

The Hype: There are alcoholic slushies.

The Reality: Yep. Research standards dictated we try both the limoncello and coffee-like amaro affogato. You won’t hate them.

The Hype: It’s one of those de rigueur no-tipping places.

The Reality: Yep. No math.

The Hype: It’ll be a scene.

The Reality: Probably. It’s a foodie crowd at the moment, and this stretch of 8th Ave has been tough on good places recently.

But, yeah, it’s a Chang place, so yeah.

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