Chelsea Market’s ‘Mokbar’ is Opening a New Ramen Shop on Allen Street
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.