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How long is the wait at Momofuku? Or other suggestions, please

I am choosing a restaurant to have dinner with some friends in town from London Saturday night- around 8 or 9 (we'll be 4 in total). Is it too risky (wait time) to do Momofuku? I haven't been, and have been wanting to try it, but because this are friends that we rarely see, I want to choose a place where the whole experience will be comfortable. If this isn't a wise choice, any suggestions for a place to wow them, won't break the bank and we can have a conversation? Thanks! (Downtown, but E.V. isn't a must)

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  1. BTW, I believe that Momofuku is not too expensive, but please correct me if I am wrong.

    1. We were there on a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago. We were told it would would be 45 minutes, put our names down, and went outside to discuss other options.

      The hostess came out and called a couple of names. One party was seated. The next time she came out she called out about four or five names none of which had stuck around. I'm not sure if they decided to take a walk to kill time or just left because they didn't want to wait.

      Regardless, our wait ended up being less than ten minutes.

      1. I am a huge fan of Momofuku, but it may not be the kind of place you are looking for. The seating is all along countertops; they don't have regular tables. If you want to spend some quality time with friends over dinner, this won't be a very comfortable place to do so. However, I highly recommend it another time! It's worth the wait for those pork buns...

        1. Momofuko is fine, but you're going to be seated at a bar, and you're not going to be able to talk to each other. Plus the fact that it's a small cramped space in there: you're going to get bumped and knocked into every 20 seconds. Here's a better idea: go to Lucien, a nice French bistro on 1st Ave & 1st Street. Relaxing atmosphere, good food, good wine and a better spot for you and your friends.
          >>Also, in my opinion, you can get a better bowl of noodles in Chinatown for one-quarter the price of Momofuko!

          1. Not a Momofuku fan--the noodles really suck. But some other stuff there is good. But not comfortable. Is it Japanese that attracts you or the young chef factor? Because you probably won't have too much of a wait at Soba Koh (5th betw 2nd/3rd) and I am still a fan of Soba-ya (9th betw 2nd/3rd) although the wait at 8 might be 45 min. Both these places are more comfortable. The young chef thing can be found at Kitchen 22 or Chubo...maybe you will be happier at a place you know is comfortable if the main thing is spending time with them...

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