More than 13 years after Momofuku Noodle Bar debuted in New York City, ushering in a new era of casual dining with it, the influential David Chang restaurant is getting a second NYC location. Noodle Bar will open in 2018 at the Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center, Eater NY reports.
New York’s very first second Noodle Bar will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the dining and shopping complex. The restaurant will serve its signature ramen and pork buns, but executive chef Tony Kim “is developing a new menu to translate the DNA of the original Noodle Bar to the Time Warner Center Restaurant and Bar collection,” according to a statement from Related Companies.
Since Noodle Bar opened in 2004, Chang has opened Momofuku restaurants in New York, Sydney, Washington DC, Las Vegas, and, soon, Los Angeles. But, Chang’s foundational restaurant, one of the best in the country according to Eater restaurant Editor Bill Addison, remained unique to its East Village location until Noodle Bar Toronto opened in 2012 as one of four Momofuku restaurants inside a glass cube.
At Columbus Circle, Noodle Bar will join fine-dining restaurants Per Se, Masa, and others as a part of Time Warner Center’s Restaurant and Bar Collection. “I remember when the Time Warner Center opened in 2004,” said Chang in a press release from Related Companies. “There wasn’t anything like it in New York — one building holding some of the best culinary talent in the world. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be able to be a part of the collection down the road.”