Momokawa
Momokawa

Momokawa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.momokawanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126847830
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington Ave.
  • Public Transit: 28 St (4, 6, 6X) 33 St (4, 6, 6X) 23 St (4, 6, 6X)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Momokawa
Never skimping on quality products, Momokawa has an incredible selection of sushi and sake that can make you feel as though you are in Japan. We cater to the needs of all, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any requests.
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Momokawa reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (1)scenic view (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • TheMurrayVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I like trying new restaurants but this was just not my cup of tea
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavor Flavor!
    ninaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Little place but BIG taste! So many interesting things to choose from on menu, plus daily specials. Most wonderful are Nabe ( slow cooked ) dishes, so tasty! Next time I'll try shabu shabu hot pot - do try the mackerel, it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was wonderful - delicate flavors balanced so perfectly, with beautiful presentation. For the two of us, we ordered a mix of appetizers, small plates, sashimi and entrees, instead of going for the shabu shabu, which seemed like a popular choice. The waitstaff was very kind, moving us to a warmer and more private table, offering us a sake tasting since we weren't familiar with what to order, and taking time to go over details of the menu. The atmosphere is cozy, and the food and service authentic (compared to my experiences visiting Japan).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food interesting; uneven timing
    sablattVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I went for dinner with two friends, and had requested that two of us get the kaiseki meal, which must be requested in advance. Our dishes were mostly quite good, very interesting and a great deal for $60 each. However, the timing of our meal with our friend, who ordered a duck ramen and a salad, was very poor. They chose to have him wait a very long time to get his salad while we ate quite a bit, and then he waited even longer for his ramen. I understand timing such disparate orders can be a challenge, but he would have preferred to have eaten and then waited for us than to sit by very hungry as we chowed down. The ramen was bland, although the noodles and duck were cooked beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance2.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Momokawa reviews archive.
  • Japanese Comfort Food
    BrooklynBobVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First you must walk up a rickety flight of stairs to get to the small dining room. We are not Japanese but we love Japanese food, especially Sukiyaki. We were surprised that we did not see any of the usual appetizers on the menu ( tempura, negimaki etc.) the waiter explained that they specialized in Japanese Comfort Food. This is what a Japanese family might eat at home. It was an adventure. The food was good, just not what we expected. For the main course we had sukiyaki. The quality of the beef was excellent. The taste was good, but not great. The desserts were creative (eg apple sauce with ricotta cheese). The service was very attentive but not hovering. Before you go, check their website to see if their menu choices are to your liking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheesh
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The freshest best sushi and the shabu shabu was amazing. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Here's a Japanese restaurant that hasn't been Americanized. With few exceptions, you won't find Momakawa's dishes at your neighborhood sushi joint. In fact, you'll find almost no sushi at all at Momokawa. Instead, meals are cooked according to a Japanese tradition that few Americans have experienced. For adventuresome diners, Momokawa provides unusual discoveries that are difficult to duplicate elsewhere in the U.S. Nothing should upset nervous palates, but during a dinner at Momokawa, most Americans encounter new tastes and textures.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food!
    YumYum
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    though place is very small and you have to climb up the narrow stairs before reaching the restaurant level, you will be pleasantly surprised with the high quality food they servce. it is well known amongst Japanese and non-Japanese foodies for its shabu-shabu dish, and I highly recommend anyone to order their course meal, which is plentyful, even for people with healthy appetite. reservation a must. highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was average - nothing interesting. My friend and I stepped out to have a smoke and I handed them a credit card to hold in good faith, upon coming back I found out that they charged it. Our dessert didn't arrive yet and we were approached and asked to hurry up because other customers were waiting... Very strange and rather unprofessional. Go to Ootoya instead.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Picked this restaurant randomly
    MS2014VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Picked this restaurant randomly and was very pleasantly surprised. Very authentic Japanese with a variety of options, including new and familiar tastes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service Thumbs UP
    MarT
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The restaurant staff was friendly and terrific with the service. The Shabu was fantastic. The food was yummy and so fresh. It's a must GO place if you want good intimitate seting with delicious food. It's a no brainer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been great
    sgny
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I went with my friend to Momokawa on a Saturday for lunch. I decided to try it because I've read recommendations of the restaurant online. It's a cute little spot in Chelsea. Not noisy and great for conversations. However, the portion of the food is inadequately small and we had to order a lot of dishes (which are also pretty pricy) just to fill our hungry stomach. The taste of their food is okay, not bad but not the best. And the most annoying thing is the unfriendly waitress who was so cold to us. I love the intimate environment of Momokawa, but was disappointed by the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with Friends
    Pebbles
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    I enjoyed lunch with friends at Momokawa. We all had the lunch special of ramen noodles with shrimp. All three of us enjoyed and felt the spice level was perfect for the broth. We also tried the edamame, tomato with delicious salt and a chicken with avocado appetizer. All three were very tasty but the appetizer portion size was a little small. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine...but overpriced shabu shabu
    Mikyyaj
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    The service and food were all fine, but you get better Shabu Shabu for much cheaper in various East Village haunts. In terms of value, very overpriced for shabu shabu,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worst restaurant in west village
    Fifi
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I had been several restaurant in new york, but this one is terrible ever!! My boyfriend and I went there for xmas dinner, the place was romantic and love the decor is pretty but the service was not so well and SLOW ! you had to wait for a while finally you could order your food! However, most the food were not so good and fresh plus I ordered some food they even did not have any more....so my boyfriend and I decided to leave early! Anyhow, I won't come back this place anymore but if you like to have some place for drink this place might be good ! otherwise not recommend for people ....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food and too loud
    Eddie
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We were pincered by two Japanese families on the night of the 22nd (around 8:30ish). We both had the wagyu chef's menu. The appetizers were great. The miso salmon was INCREDIBLY salty. I asked my friend who recommended this place and he said it's not supposed to be. I reckon they messed it up. Shame as that's one of the main dishes... It was so obnoxiously loud. There were two Japanese families with babies who would scream and run around. The adults with them were also so loud that I couldn't hear my girlfriend right in front of me. Not once did any of the staff ask them to stop shrieking. I regret taking her here for her birthday. I've had better Japanese food, for better prices, with better ambience (EN Japanese for example).
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  • Awkward ambience...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Booked a reservation at 4:45. Upon arrival, was notified that we had to be out by 6:00...so an hour to eat? Staff was not particularly nice, food was good though (very traditional Japanese) but not great enough to warrant a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is incredible, the
    mayagofferVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The food is incredible, the service is great. Every dish I tried there was very good. Atmosphere is cozy and warm. Perfect for cold winters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great during winter
    ReeneeVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    I love hot-pot style food, and this place does make food the way I like it. The service is very attentive, and I like the fact that they have divided seats for 4 people. I really enjoy coming here and the duck nabe is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The Chef'sCourse was great! Cant wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    I went to Momokawa with a friend from Tokyo. Last visit was several years ago and the food was good but the service has deteriorated so much that it made me think twice about going back there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu in NY
    Akira
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Momokawa is a truly genuine first class rJapanese festaurant. Especially, Washu-gyu and Shabu Shabu are excellent as fresh sashimi appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and interesting
    Carolepip
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    First visit to this small, second floor restaurant which seems quite authentic. We did the five course tasting and honestly think it was too much food even though each dish seemed small and light as we ate it. Service team is very friendly and helpful and we certainly hope to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Japanese home cocking.
    AandJVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Very well prepared dishes, we enjoyed them very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing authentic Japanese!
    hhh280
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    The food was amazing - authentic Japanese sukiyaki, high quality appetizers such as Pork Kakuni. Every dish was very delicious. Even though we didn't pick the more expensive Wagyu beef, the sukiyaki was the best! Although the decor is far from fancy, it's a great, hidden spot for hoodies who love Japanese food. It's like the opposite of trendy celebrity chef spots, where decor is great but serves so-so food. Also it's not too crowded. I'm glad I found this place. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True Japanese food, meticulously
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    True Japanese food, meticulously prepared, served efficiently with gracious smiles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I go to this restaurant almost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    I go to this restaurant almost every week in winter season to enjoy shabushabu. Other dishes are also nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic