Momofuku in D.C.: Will it be another Wagamama debacle?

How will D.C. react to Momofuku’s “crack pie” (toasted oat crust, gooey butter filling)? Probably pretty well.

Celebrity chef David Chang told Washingtonian on Tuesday that he plans to open a D.C. outpost of his New York-based Momofuku restaurant group in 2015. The high hopes, the hype and even the name are reminiscent of another eatery whose allegedly imminent opening caused this much fuss: London-based noodle bar Wagamama, which promised a space in Penn Quarter for four years, then bailed in 2012. But do they compare?


Wagamama: four syllables, two Ms, sounds vaguely insulting to mothers

Momofuku: four syllables, two Ms, sounds vaguely insulting to mothers

Signature Dish(es)

Wagamama: chicken katsu curry

Momofuku: “crack pie,” pork buns

Disappointment Level

Wagamama: 7, communal tables seemed pretty cool

Momofuku: 10, if it doesn’t open. D.C. wants that pie.


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Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Washington Post Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.
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