Sirens: David Chang is opening a second location for Momofuku Noodle Bar in The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center: a third floor, 4,000 square-foot restaurant serving lunch and dinner on track to debut in 2018. It’s one of three new Momofuku spots slated to open in the next couple years, with one opening in Hudson Yards and another on Pier 17 at the Seaport District.
For this location, “executive chef Tony Kim is developing a new menu to translate the DNA of the original Noodle Bar to the Time Warner Center Restaurant and Bar collection,” according to a statement from Related Companies.
One of the city’s most influential restaurants in the modern era, the Eater 38 staple offers pork buns and ramen bowls that put the place on the map with items and ingredients that change seasonally. Today, Noodle Bar has shed its punk-rock edge and has matured into a growing empire, with Momofuku restaurants in New York, Sydney, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas.
Also joining Time Warner Center is Bluebird by D&D, a “modern European” restaurant from a major London hospitality group run by the prolific Des Gunewardena. It will be more than 10,000-square-feet on the third floor and will have views of Central Park. It’s Gunewardena’s second project in New York and will open in spring 2018. He is also opening a restaurant in Hudson Yards, another Related-owned development.