mokbar

4.3
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60 reviews
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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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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ramen was good, make reservations b4 you come if you want a guaranteed seat. It’s small but quaint. Will go back, would like to try some of the other options on menu. 👍🏽👍🏽

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was amazing and the food was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

When we arrived on time for our reservation, the hostess told us she had no tables and none would be available any time soon. No apologies, only option was to sit at a communal table - which we eventually did.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyable dinner here with family, including 3 kids. Everyone loved their ramen. Great cocktails as well

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dcrestauranteries
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Please don't waste your time or money on this restaurant--helping them out of the restaurant business would be a mercy to everyone involved.

This restaurant was almost empty at 8:00pm on a Friday night, which should already tell you all you need to know. The food was flavorless (not so easy to achieve, for a Korean restaurant). They charge $5 extra for sizzling plates for bulgogi, which arrived cool enough to touch.

Worst of all was the careless & sometimes disdainful service--as items arrived haphazardly, drinks and food were delivered almost randomly, and they didn't seem to notice or care.

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RachelW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Yes, the food is very good, and it's a nice place to shelter from the wintery cold weather!

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MauriceS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 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.

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vipmoonchild981
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 November 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.

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vipBenwah
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine, but not much more than that

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MarkH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 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

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HasaniN
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVigga
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSushifatty
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Will come again.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on 15 June 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.

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vipvandiner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 8 June 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.

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vipVigga
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 30 May 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.

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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RichardS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 April 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!

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Ryan
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on 25 April 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!

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MarcusB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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EMcHui
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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BklynBabe
1 review
Dined on 12 April 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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was amazing!!!

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doctrme
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 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!

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vipLaura
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 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.

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vipTammyB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good service was fast and efficient

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vipBrooklynite
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 2 February 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?

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oliverf
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnaM
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipUbiquity2k
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! We went on NYE before a concert.

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JackT
1 review
Dined on 19 December 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.

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vipFoodieforever116
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Found plastic in my food. Ramen was super mediocre.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on 1 December 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.

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vipArbie
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 1 December 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.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 16 October 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.

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HonoluluH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 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.

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DougC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 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.

FAQs

mokbar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. mokbar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 987-3042.

mokbar is rated 4.3 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

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