5. Kimchi Stew, Momofuku Noodle Bar
A East Village favorite, Momofuku Noodle Bar on 171 1st Avenue is the first of several eateries from the Momofuku group. The restaurant is mainly known for its noodle dishes, including ramen, pho and spicy Sichuan noodles, but it also offers a variety of small plates like the BBQ Pork Belly and Smoked Chicken Wings, as well as savory buns (the pork version being the fan favorite).
Although the restaurant’s menu has changed slightly since its inception, those in the know can still have a taste of one of its original dishes: the Kimchi Stew. Just ask the wait staff for the entree, and you’ll be treated to a hearty, steaming bowl of braised pork shoulder, scallions, carrots and rice cakes.