New York restaurants appear in four of the eight episodes of Momofuku kingpin David Chang’s new food-focused Netflix docuseries Ugly Delicious. The show uses food to delve into cultural identity, breaking each episode into a clear theme such as pizza, fried chicken, and tacos.
This is Chang’s first major TV project in five years, and his hometown is featured prominently. Episodes are recapped in great detail over on Eater.com, but here are the NYC spots that get shoutouts.
Episode 1: Pizza
Lucali: Chang and food writer Peter Meehan venture to Mark Iacono’s thin crust pizzeria in Carroll Gardens. 575 Henry St., near Carroll Street
Totonno’s: Chang also visits Coney Island’s famed pizzeria Totonno’s. 1524 Neptune Ave., between West 15th and 16th streets
Domino’s: Yup, Chang orders pizza from an unspecified Domino’s in Brooklyn.
Episode 3: Home Cooking
Momofuku Noodle Bar: In addition to visiting Chang’s Manhattan apartment, the home cooking-focused episode of Ugly Delicious stops by Chang’s own Momofuku empire in New York and Las Vegas. The episode also features April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and more, though they don’t stop by. 171 1st Ave., near East 11th Street
Episode 7: Fried Rice
Wu’s Wonton King: Chang and crew eat golden fried rice and other assorted dishes at this Cantonese Chinatown restaurant. 165 East Broadway, near Rutgers Street
Great N.Y. Noodletown: This Cantonese Chinatown stalwart, especially known for its very late hours, is also featured in the episode. 28 Bowery, near Bayard Street
Episode 8: Stuffed
The Grill: Stuffed stuff — dumplings and stuffed pasta — are the focus of the final episode of Ugly Delicious, and they visit opulent Midtown East chophouse The Grill for squid ink mezzaluna, scungilli shells, and tortellini al ragu. 99 East 52nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues
Carbone: They also eat tortellini al ragu and scungilli shells at fancified red sauce joint Carbone in Greenwich Village. 181 Thompson St., between Houston and Bleecker streets
Note: Eater NY editor Serena Dai appears in episode seven.