I love Momofuku. Let me clarify, I’ve never been to a Momofuku to order a regular dinner off of the standard menu. I have however used their online reservations system multiple times for every large format feast they offer. I am a loyalist of the fried chicken at Noodle Bar, the Bo Ssam at Ssam Bar and most recently the duck also at Ssam Bar.
Needless to say I had been amped to try Beef 7 Ways since Ma Peche opened. This meal requires a bit more dedication as the overall cost is considerably more than their other offerings at $450 for the seven family style courses. It also requires eight people who love meat. Shortly after getting a number of co-workers to commit I made a reservation for the first Friday in January.
Walking into Ma Peche has a different feel than the other downtown Momofuku restaurants. There is lack of character and the room is a boring space.
On to the food:
Course 1: Tendon
The salad was good, not amazing but basically a standard pre-meal salad with tendon. I didn’t mind eating the tendon (I thought I would based on the name) but it didn’t really add anything to the salad. The texture wasn’t chewy or crispy it blended in with the salad. So far mediocre but I figured it was just a warm up for the absurdity that would follow.
Course 2: Beef Carpaccio
The Beef Carpaccio course was wagyu beef served with ginger, scallion and radish and was delightful. I could eat this course all day but I’m not sure it was much better than any other beef carpaccio I’ve had. Carpaccio is always delicious and this was no exception.
Course 3:Meat Pie
Ok so I was weary to try this dish. I’m usually an adventurous eater but tongue is one of those things that I’ve never tried and would be ok if I never ate. The meat pie is made of tongue, potatoes and a deliciously substantial crunchy crust. The tongue resembled a normal chopped meat and tasted great. The texture was soft and moist and not chewy at all. This course was dense and filling and I was glad I ate it. The brussel sprouts were delicious – fried until crispy and seasoned well.
Course 4: Ribs
The ribs were an entire rack so I think it depends on which one you chose out of the batch. They got mixed reviews around the table but mine was extremely disappointing. The meat was chewy, it stuck to the bone and the flavor was just a mediocre Asian BBQ.
Course 5: cote de bœuf
For the finale the fifth and sixth courses were served at the same time and were served ssam style. For those of you that have been to Momofuku before you know the drill – four sauces, lettuce wraps, fresh herbs and fresh vegetables to wrap up in delightful packages and eat with your hands. This was my favorite course of the meal and was excellent. There was more than enough in each of these courses to feed our party of eight. The quality of meat for the cote de boeuf was fantastic and it cut like butter. I liked the cote de boeuf better than the brisket but they were both the only parts of the meal I’d be interested in eating again. The brisket was served shredded in a hot pot with a chili jam and was also delicious but I prefer a sliced BBQ style brisket over the shredded on served here.
Course 6: Brisket
Course 7: Oxtail Soup
The oxtail soup was a nice finish to a filling meal. It was served in a small tea cup with one piece of oxtail. The broth had been resting for a while and had a very strong flavor which not everyone was a fan of but I enjoyed. It was the perfect size and it made you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
The overall consensus on the meal was that there weren’t many dishes that we would order again on their own. Everyone was glad that they went and it was a fun night but I was underwhelmed and for the price there are many better meals to be had in NYC. Unfortunately I can’t recommend Beef 7 Ways but I do whole heartedly recommend the other Momofuku meals.--DBlock
Momofuku is really one of my favorite chains in NYC. This is impressive because I have only had two things at their restaurants – the fried chicken and the pork shoulder (bo ssam). I really like community style dining and Momofuku is the only place I have done it in the city. The Bo Ssam is an experience that should be enjoyed among good friends. They start by bringing you their regular menu incase you want to add anything extra to your meal. PLEASE take my advice and don’t even look at the menu. There is NO need to order anything additionally. Once you get over that nonsense of adding any more items to the meal they place the order for the bo ssam to the kitchen.
Prior to bringing out the bo ssam they bring out bowls of warm white rice and a dozen raw oysters, a bowl of lettuce wraps and four sauces. The sauces are kimchi, kimchi paste, a Chinese BBQ sauce and scallions. When the bo ssam is carried out prepare to be awed. It is an entire pork shoulder cooked to perfection. They bring out tongs for everyone (you should strategize to sit in the middle of the table) so that you can serve yourself the pork. The correct way to eat it is with your hands in the form of a lettuce wrap. To make a perfect lettuce wrap requires patience and all the ingredients – white rice, an oyster, your choice of the four sauces (I use them all) and the pork. You may find yourself questioning the combination of raw oysters, pork and rice but just do it.
For the next hour if your friends are anything like mine no one will speak to each other until the first person taps out and is suffering from pork coma. I have taken part in a bo ssam dinner twice and neither time did we finish the entire pork shoulder. Don’t worry about skimping on the sauces, lettuce or rice because they will continue to bring them out until the pork is done.
The star of the night is the pork. The skin is crispy, juicy, sweet and delicious and the meat is pull off of the bone tender. The other ingredients help to make it a meal but I can sit there and eat the pork on its own and be perfectly content. I have read a bunch of reviews complaining about the price (it is $200) but divide that by the 8 or 10 people it feeds and you are going to pay about $40 per person for an insane amount of food. It is well worth it in my standards and I will continue to take part at least once/year.
I HIGHLY recommend doing a bo ssam with a group of friends. Check out Momofuku’s site for reservations and keep in mind that they are booked up to three weeks in advance. Try to make an earlier reservation, this meal is too indulgent to eat late at night.
Most amazing pork I have ever had
Awesome group dining experience
You need to have at least 7 friends that love pork as much as you do
Rating: 5/5 Stars--DBlock
I love feeling like I got a good deal on a copious amount of delicious
food. And that’s the feeling that I have every time I am lucky enough
to indulge in the Fried Chicken feast at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
Reservations are tough to come by and you must be speedy to get
them. They are available online only and need to be reserved a month ahead of
time. Everyday at 10am an extra day is added to the list.
The deal is simple: $100 for two whole fried chickens – one served Southern
Old Bay Style and one served Korean style. The fried chicken is served with
moo shoo pancakes, lettuce wraps, carrots, radishes and four different
sauces (my favorite sauce is a jalapeño vinegar sauce). This was the
second time I scheduled time at Momofuku to take part in this awesome
fried chicken dinner. I went with five friends and we had no trouble
polishing off all the chicken but none of us left hungry.
My favorite is the Southern Style. The fried chicken skin is so crisp and making a
wrap with the perfect mix of sauce, veggies, chicken and skin is
almost an art form but so satisfying! What are you waiting for, go
find some friends, make a reservation and get ready to wait a month
for some of the best fried chicken you have ever had.
Expect to hear more on Momofuku when I find enough people for their Beef 7 Ways at Ma Peche.--DBlock