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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