mokbar

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$30 and under
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Korean

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Chef and Owner Esther Choi opened mŏkbar – driven by her personal passion to introduce New Yorkers to the traditional flavors and culture of Korea through food. Esther blends the traditions of her grandmother’s recipes and the influences of her adolescent years in Korea with her own American upbringing in her seasonal menus.

mŏkbar has 2 bustling locations – one in Chelsea Market and the other next to Barclays Center in Brooklyn – inspired by the everyday food culture and lifestyle of Korea. mŏkbar combines traditional Korean soups with fresh ramen noodles for a unique culinary experience. In Korea, eating noodles on-the-go as street food is part of everyday life. As well, mŏkbar proudly serves Korean “Anju” or shareable small plates typically served with ice cold Beer and Soju.
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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this place, food, drinks and service are all perfect. The only thing is the ventilation which could be better. Strong cooking smells will tend to linger in your clothing.

m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food and drinks were excellent (LOVED the crispy cauliflower, bacon kimchi, and al four cocktails we tried!) but one of our entrees came out nearly 10 minutes after the other one, which meant part of mine got cold while waiting for my date to receive his.

Completely understand that it got very busy, but the dining room was practically empty when we got there (which was earlier than our reservation time) and there shouldn’t be that big of a gap in timing when serving two people at the same table.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine, but not much more than that

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We made a reservation. When we got there, the front staff had a long discussion away from us. They came back and asked us if we wanted to sit at the bar or in the front room. Our reservation was for a table. They brought up that Happy Hour prices were available at the bar only. I asked if they had a table and they said yes, but that Happy Hour was only available at the bar.

Clearly, they had overbooked their reservations and wanted us to not take a table. We took seats at the bar. It was dirty. We asked for it to be cleaned. The bartender reached over and wiped one part of what was dirty. I asked for the towel and wiped off all of the parts of the bar that were dirty in front of us.

We ordered and the drinks were fine. The appetizer was fine. The couple seated next to us was served their entire meal while we still waited for our entree. The bartender finally went back herself to get our food.

The food was cold.

We were dressed to go to a show. We weren't loud. We were on time.

Your staff treated us quite poorly. It would take quite a bit to get us to try mokbar again.

Mark Harder

HN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible location mind exploding food cant wait to go back and taste the other epic ramen dishes and entire menu

V
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in two weeks, love this place. Great friendly service and the food is amazing.

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered a bunch of apps, all of which were mostly tasty, but VERY scallion-forward. If you are not a huge scallion fan, steer clear of the japchae dumplings, fried veggie pancakes, and brussels sprouts. Also, their kimchi portions were very small! The waitstaff was excellent, though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Will come again.

LS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved the food! Even with a gluten sensitivity, I was able to find appropriate food. Drinks during happy hour were inexpensive & very refreshing. Suggest early arrival because it seemed to quickly fill up after 6pm.

v
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was tasty but service was variable - food for our table came out at different times. Long time to come back to take drink and food orders.

V
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing, I can’t wait to go back soon. The food was SO good and beautifully presented and the staff was just lovely.

AS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the army ramen. It's the greatest ramen I've ever had.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, carefully prepared Korean food. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful meal! Great scallion pancake. Vegan ramen excellent as was the hot stone bi bim bap.

The place is beautifully designed. Service great.

One of the best restaurants in the neighborhood!

R
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good Korean kimchi bacon ramen! Good service and cool decor. Minor area of improvement - booth seating is a bit uncomfortable as it’s cramped and you hit your legs on the table bottom.

I will definitely be back!

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place - one of the few go-to's for my wife and I. Always love the food, so delicious.

EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super nice staff and not sure if there was a happy hour going on, but our drinks were free?

BB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a scrumptious nouvelle Korean dinner pre-theater at BAM. Wait staff was great and the place has a cool vibe during happy hour. I live in the nabe so plan to return soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was amazing!!!

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating when we had a couple of extra people added to our reservation. The large tables in back fit us well. We were able to hear each other well since the noise level was low. The food was delicious! We shared various appetizers and main courses even though the mains seemed arranged like a meal for one person. But it worked for a family style meal. The K-pop chicken was yummy—we ended up ordering more of that appetizer in the middle of dinner!

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was nice but I made a reservation for my mom and I at a table....they didn't offer a booth- and it was my first visit. They told me I had to request it and won't allow happy hour drinks in the dining room....my 75 yr old mother wasn't comfortable and weren't very accommodating...such a shame as the food was very good.

TB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good service was fast and efficient

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent option near BAM and Barclays Center. Good cocktails. Terrific home-made kimchi. "Rice sets" like a Korean "bento". Companions enthusiastic about their ramen bowls. Attractive, comfortable venue. What's not to like?

o
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was perfect! GREAT food. Cant wait to go back honestly.

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ramen. Cocktails were average. Overall, we enjoyed our visit.

U
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! We went on NYE before a concert.

JT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was fine and our server was nice. But heavens, it was unpleasantly smoky inside. Burn-your-eyes smoky from the poorly ventilated kitchen.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Found plastic in my food. Ramen was super mediocre.

K
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we got there, they said they couldn't hold our reservation and that there was something wrong with their system, so I shouldn't have ever been able to make the reservation to begin with. They didn't try to make any accommodations for our situation.

A
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had never been here and waiter was very helpful in ordering. Communal tables are s not odd but it worked. Food is very good but not great. You won’t rave about anything here but you’ll have a nice dinner and a good time.

N
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We ordered the galbi dumplings, a bulgogi ramen bowl with a sauce rather run a broth and the classic ramyun set. Also had pinot noir and the beer and soju shot combo. The drinks were good, the dumplings were amazing and the ramyun was really good. The ramyun portions were giant and the seasonal banchan were great. Servers were informative and friendly, but changed half way through the meal.

HH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokbar was great! Our server was very friendly! They had an interesting selection of drinks, that were pretty good. The food was delicious; I would definitely recommend the ho'cake and vegan ramen. It is a little pricey, but the portions are large.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! This place is close to our home but we’ve never noticed it. It has a super cool style with industrial modernist tones. I bought a Gilt voucher and accidentally let it expire (2 days prior) but the manager came over and still honored it! He also chatted with us, gave us recommendations and was incredibly friendly and attentive. We got a flight of infused soju, seasonal kimchi and ramen. All of it was delicious! All of the kimchi’s were very distinct and so good! The soju’s (pineapple, wasabi?, and sesame) were so tasty and the ramen was yummy. Now that we found this place, we’ll be back! Definitely recommend.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went on a Thursday, food was interesting especially the Watermelon matcha. Service was a bit slow due to the restaurant being busy, but out waiter Harry was outstanding and very attentive. Wish more restaurant staff was like him.

Will absolutely be going back with a bigger group and will be spreading the word about this gem.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went there to try Watermelon noodle. It was tasty and fun. The waiters were nice, too. It’s a great place to have tasty Korean foods in Brooklyn.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was awesome.

NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Location is great and close to Barclay Center, but the food is an another story. I've been to enough Korean food to know that although popular place, the food is not really Korean food that I know. If you're looking for actual BBQ Korean food, I suggest going to 32nd st in the city.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and ambiance with fun, friendly staff! A little pricey but worth it

LV
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Came to Mōkbar with 2 friends for a quick lunch. The ramen was great and the poached egg has got to be one of the best I ever had! It's definitely one of my favorite ramen spots in the city...

SN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I loved the food (spice level is adjustable), the industrial-chic ambiance and the delicious cocktails! Service was very friendly and I'll definitely be going back soon!