Mökbar, a successful Korean eatery based in NYC will be expanding to Newark. The site of the new location at 1 Gateway Center in the Gateway Complex will be the fourth Mökbar location and the first and only location in New Jersey.
Mökbar will be situation amongst Serafina, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Fresh & Co, Greek from Greece Bakery & Café, Farinella, 375˚ Chicken & Fries, Chip City Cookies and The Brookdale in what is known as the Junction at Gateway.
Inspired by the everyday food culture and lifestyle of Korea, Mökbar currently has 3 other locations located in NYC. One in Brooklyn, the Chelsea Market, and a third location located in Midtown East inside a food hall called The Hugh. In true Korean street food fashion most of these locations serve made to order dishes that are prepared fast and are designed to eat on the go. The Newark location will be no exception, their 950 sq feet of space in the Market Hall area of Gateway One will be just big enough to accommodate a kitchen and small dining area for patrons.
Mökbar is most notable known for their innovative Korean twist on a largely Japanese dish. One of the main diffrences that sets Mökbar apart from other ramen restaurants is that the ramen here is not made in traditional Japanese styles like shio, but in the modified flavors of classic Korean dishes. They use kimchijigae instead, which is a kimchee bacon broth and ssamgyetang, a roasted ginger chicken broth with pulled chicken.
According to their website, the menu at Mökbar is constantly changing. As of right now, their menu consists of small shareable plates like edamame and kimchi seasoned fries, five different flavored ramen bowls, five different bowl options including bibimbap and poke, and of course, kimchi.
Mökbar owner and chef Esther Choi has stated that she is extremely excited to open shop in her native New Jersey. The award winning chef is ready to get to work and share her Korean culture and cuisine with the residents and workers of Newark.
As of right now, an official opening date is yet to be determined. However, you can still get a sneak peek of the flavor without having to travel to New York City. Mökbar is available to order on Cookunity and ships worldwide on Goldbelly. For all official news and announcements on opening dates, you can find their official instagram page here.