Executive Chef / Owner: Esther Choi
Cuisine: Korean Ramen
Vibe: Casual / Counter seating
Location: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th and 16th Street)
Website: Mokbar

After a few meetings at the office, my lovely friend, LaNinaEffect, and I headed over to Chelsea Market for lunch at Mokbar. Since I still can’t eat beef or pork until Easter (I gave them up for Lent), I decided to try the Chicken Ramen. It was so good! I actually think I like it better than the pork ramen. <gasp> The dark meat was so juicy and tender, and I’m obsessed with Chef Esther’s cucumber kimchi. LaNinaEffect, a gluten-free vegan, gives the Vegan Miso Ramen (with rice instead of noodles) two thumbs up. I had it during my last visit and loved it. The broth is so savory and flavorful. We were treated to a Kimchi Trio — absolutely amazing! My personal faves are the cucumber and daikon. I could eat them all day, every day. Many thanks to LaNinaEffect and to Chef Esther for a fabulous lunch!


Chicken Ramen (Roasted Chicken Thigh, Cucumber Kimchi, Garlic Chive Salad)


Close-up of the amazing chicken ramen


Kimchi Trio (Cabbage, Cucumber, and Daikon)


Vegan Miso (Kombu Shiitake Doenjang Broth, Tofu, Triple Seasonal Vegetable, and Crispy Potato) 


Seasonal Tea: Apple Cider