Lots of things happened for the very first time in 2004. Facebook may be the biggest. The Notebook with Ryan Gosling may be the most tear-jerking. Five hour energy may be the most unnecessary. And sure, we’re fans of Take-5 candy bars and The Incredibles and Millie Bobby Brown—all also born in 2004—but we’re most excited about Momofuku Noodle Bar.
To celebrate their 15th birthday, each week Noodle Bar East Village is serving a series of throwback dishes from the early days. The dishes they serve are totally up to you. Each Saturday starting August 10, swing by Momofuku’s Noodle Bar’s instagram page to vote on which dish you’d like to see on the menu the following week. The winning dish will be served the following Monday to Sunday. Mark your calendars—here’s the lineup.
WEEK 1: Roasted Rice Cakes v. OG Chilled Spicy Noodles
WEEK 2: Asparagus & Miso v. Tofu & Marinated Tomatoes
WEEK 3: Hozon Ramen v.Spicy Chicken Miso Ramen
WEEK 4: Brisket Bun v. Chicken Meatball Bun
Noodle Bar Columbus Circle and Noodle Bar Toronto will also be participating in the celebrations by serving a Noodle Bar mainstay: the OG chilled spicy noodles, during the month of August.
As a part of the celebration, we’ll be releasing new noodle bar merch. First up, we will have a chilled spicy hat dropping at Noodle Bar East Village this Monday, August 12. Check back on our Instagram account for information on additional merch drops.
A portion of the proceeds from each throwback dish at Noodle Bar East Village and Noodle Bar Columbus Circle as well as merch sales will be donated to our friends at City Harvest. City Harvest rescues roughly 64 million pounds of food each year to deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across New York. We will also be contributing proceeds from select beverage sales to these charities that support causes we care about: Everytown, Planned Parenthood, RAICES Texas, and Sierra Club.
A portion of the proceeds from throwback dishes sold at Momofuku Toronto will be donated to the Serge Ibaka Foundation.