When you have over 1k votes on Urbanspoon and still retained a 88% "thumps up" rate. It says a lot. The only downside is you will be waiting in line for hours even it's long past dinner time...
I believe a successful restaurant does not need a big menu. In fact, most successful restaurants in my book offer a small menu. Quoting the words I heard from a restaurant owner, "If you come to my restaurant and didn't want to order my signature dishes, why did you come?" Those words have resonate with me since then.
The key is consistency.
If you put out a dish and they taste the same time over time, your customers appreciate it. That's what regulars look for when they select their favorite restaurants and bring out-of-town guests. Obviously you have to wowed them the first time and continually wow them time after time. Look at the pictures I took and the pictures other foodies posted overtime and you will find they look almost the same. That's consistency.
I am probably the last person on earth you should ask about ramen. Once in a while I do have a craving but to me, it's just a bowl of noodles that's way too salty most of the time.
I have been to many places that vowed to serve the best ramen but so far none had wowed me enough where I swear I would return... at USD$16, I think I'd rather have a burger... sorry!
pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 First Avenue,New York,NY 10003
(btwn 10th + 11th street)
Tel: +1 (212)777-7773
Hours: M-T 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
F 12:00pm - 4:30pm, 5:30pm - 2:00am
Sat 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 5:30pm - 2:00am
Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm