Chelsea Market’s ‘Mokbar’ is Opening a New Ramen Shop on Allen Street
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The northern terminus of Allen Street is about to get its second ramen joint. In due course, Chelsea Market staple, Mokbar, will debut some sort of stand-alone brick-and-mortar slurp shop at 163 Allen Street.
While there is no official mention of the expansion online, the venture is confirmed by application paperwork submitted to Community Board 3. Chef-owner Esther Choi is listed on the materials, and seeks to pair the ramen dishes with beer-wine offerings. Our request for comment was not immediately returned.
Mokbar was founded back in May, and is a ramen bar that “combines traditional Korean soups with fresh Japanese ramen noodles for a unique noodle experience.” Choi counts ilili, La Esquina, and the Food Network on her resume.
163 Allen Street was previously home to People Kitchen & Lounge, which occupied the space for more than a dozen years until its closure last spring. The watering hole debuted in 2003 before the hyper-gentrification of the area really took hold. The “Kitchen” aspect of the business didn’t happen until nine years later.