Murray Hill finally gets a destination restaurant. One that people will travel to, where a couple in a long distance relationship will meet in New York and this is where they choose to go(more on this later). Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new Ramen and Sake joint Momosan is an instant hit. At 1pm on a Saturday afternoon the place was packed with a wait. Luckily in less than 10 minutes some seats opened up. At a table for four. With a couple sitting next to each other on the same side of the table(let’s get to the food first)
I ordered up a SingleCut from Queens IPA on tap and my bud an Ashahi. They have a number of appetizers, but the Zuke Don, Momosan’s spin on New York’s latest infatuation Hawaiian Poke was all me. The Tuna was fresh and I liked it had a little heat to it. The portion is enough to share unless you are really hungry.
Momosan offers four Ramen soups to choose from, the Tan Tan his riff on a Malaysian coconut curry topped with the Japanese ground pork namesake was delicious. I love traditional Japanese Tan Tan and Malaysian Laksa, this spin marrying the two is unlike anything you are likely to find in even you better Ramen joints. It was rich and spicy at the same time, but just the right amount to complement without overpowering each other.
Now as for seating, they have a number of tables for four, seating by the window, the bar and a community table. So when the hostess asked if it was ok to sit at a table with others and we saw a couple sitting on the same side we figured it was a Japanese cultural thing, like at business meetings. Turns out that was not the case. Their computer has the seats numbered, thus if they seat two at a table for four, it works out that you sit on the same side of the table. While I found this odd, it does open up more seating… and maybe you make some new friends.
I’ll be back to work my way through more of the food menu and start hitting the Sake.
Momosan Ramen and Sake is located at 342 Lexington Avenue