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Fall Tracking Report: Momofuku Noodle Bar

Fall is a time for restaurant openings. Lots of them. Restaurateurs will make promises, excite us, with their grand plans. Consider this here the intel you need to keep abreast of it all—and start obsessing at just the right moment.

Momofuku Noodle Bar: 9/24/07

2007_09_efp.jpgMomofuku Noodle Bar, 171 First Avenue, East Village; (212) 475-7899

Initial Debut Projection: Summer
Current Sched On the Books: October
Odds, On Time Arrival: 125-1
Eater Projected Opening Date: 12/15/07

The above snap of Dave Chang's new Momofuku Noodle Bar, a relocated, expanded version of the original, comes to us from a top level street correspondent. Chang, if we know the guy, is lining up a big time reveal of the space in, say The New York Times, but, hey, if the door is open, we're taking a photo. Chang in his own words: "At the new Noodle Bar we’re going to have more seats (55 versus 27) and more kitchen space (not that you care). The menu will probably grow a little bit (Will Kevin Pemoulie make daily specials for Larry Bird? We can hope. Will there be cutlets on the menu? Almost certainly not) and we hope that waits will shrink and the food will improve."

Below, an early floorplan, to make the above photography all the more thrilling.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 1st Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 777-7773 Visit Website