Is the Upper West Side the new East Village? Momofuku Milk Bar, the saccharine-laden dessert arm of David Chang's mini Momofuku empire, is moving on up, to a great big, uh, storefront on the west side.
"We're hoping to open our UWS location in mid September," a rep from Momofuku told us. "The menu will be very similar to the Brooklyn storefront's menu, selling our standard cookies, cakes, pies, soft serve and savory breads in addition to coffee/espresso and pork/veg buns with deep fried soft poached eggs. We'll also have whole cakes and pies for sale." Eater says the uptown Milk Bar will be bigger than the East Village and Williamsburg ones, with space to sit inside.
Momofuku's not the first downtown restaurant to grow up a bit and head north of 14th St: previous down-to-up-towners include Fatty Crab, Luke's Lobster, Mermaid Inn, Magnolia, and Shake Shack. Hey, sometimes even chefs need a break from all the crust punks and pretty young things.