Momofuku Milk Bar – Cafe Review

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Considering the fame of the Momofuku franchise, I was not surprised that Momofuku Milk Bar is one of my new favorite places in NYC.  Joyride Coffee, Momofuku Milk Bar

But on that same thread, considering how successful Momofuku is as a business, I was surprised by the Milk Bar's modest design. The one I visited in East Village is not particularly chic or ornamental, but very incognito, except for the neon sign.

The inside is quite small, with a little bar along the window, no seats, a large chalkboard with the menu, and then the ordering area and kitchen. It also has a full functioning air conditioner (very relevant for the hot summer months).

Joyride Coffee, Momofuku Milk Bar

Before ordering, I asked what they recommended. One of the two very friendly workers gave me a sample of the "Cereal Milk" soft serve. I was absolutely blown away. Although it looks like any other soft serve, it tastes exactly like cereal and milk. So I went ahead and ordered that, with crushed corn flakes sprinkled on it.

While I was tempted to order cold brew, I ordered a Stumptown cappuccino based on a Foursquare recommendation.

Joyride Coffee, Momofuku Milk Bar

Before I received my cappuccino, the barista asked me if I wanted a bear or a heart as the design, and I said bear. I was given a cappuccino with possibly the most adorable design...ever.

Joyride Coffee, Cappuccino

 

The thing to do: take a scoop of the Cereal Milk soft serve and dip it in the cappuccino. Trust me.

While I was there, a girl came in and ordered a soy latte and left quickly, which suggests that it's easy to grab a quick, good coffee and go. But I also have come here in the evening, and it was quite crowded, with people primarily ordering desserts after a dinner, or in my case, a snack before a movie. It's a very versatile spot to visit for coffee, dessert, or a savory snack.

However, it's a little bit pricier if you want more than just a coffee. My cappuccino and soft serve came out to be just under $10.

Overall, the two girls working there were very nice, accommodating and quick. I also can't emphasize enough how amazing the Cereal Milk was. I very highly recommend it and Momofuku Milk Bar. I'll definitely be going as often as possible.

 

Coffee by: Stumptown

 

Momofuku Milk Bar

Manhattan

251 E. 13th St.

15 W. 56th St.

561 Columbus Ave.

Brooklyn

382 Metropolitan Ave.

360 Smith St.

 

-Kristen Lee