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Momofuku Nishi

232 Eighth Ave. (W. 22nd St.) Send to Phone
David Chang's Chelsea eatery is a Korean and Italian mashup.
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Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Momofuku Nishi, New York, NY

Momofuku Nishi Restaurant Review

: If the food of Seoul and Rome collided, it might taste something like what’s served at Nishi, chef David Chang’s culinary mashup of an eatery in Chelsea. The location on Eighth Avenue and W. 22nd Street is somewhat questionable for a place of this caliber. And the packed-in communal-style tables don’t help in creating the kind of sophisticated ambience of a quasi-upscale eatery that this spot seems it wants to be. But once dishes start hitting the table, all might be forgotten. Excellent ceci e pepe, a riff on the classic Roman cheese and pasta dish, substitutes chickpea paste for cheese, the al dente bucatini noodles littered with relatively large balls of peppercorn. Also first-rate is the Sichuan beef, the spicy cumin-laced meat intermingled with wide malfati noodles. Tender pork shoulder, accompanied by white kimchi, like some kind of German-Korean fusion, was underwhelming, perhaps because Nishi shines with its pasta dishes. There isn’t much in terms of dessert, but the pistachio Bundt cake should satisfy a sweet tooth. The wine list is well curated and includes some bottles from unusual locations such as Idaho.

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