With the weather getting colder, I'm getting into soup mode. Last week, when the soup craving hit I decided to make a trip to the Noodle Bar at Woorijip and I noticed some new developments...
1) The Noodle Bar is now closed on Mondays. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am until 8:00pm, with a break between 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
2) The Noodle Bar now takes CASH ONLY. In the good old days you used to be able to pay for your soup up at the main cash register where there's a line that does credit cards. Now you must pay at the Noodle Bar and they only take cash. Fortunately there are plenty of ATMs in the area--Citibank is just a couple doors down.
3) The Noodle Bar doesn't take the the Woorijip stamp card. They have their own card at the Noodle Bar. Each soup earns you a stamp. After 10 stamps your 11 soup is free. While you won't earn stamps towards Woorijip themed prizes, the payoff comes quicker (most of the "good" prizes from Woorijip go for 2 cards worth of stamps with 20 stamps per card and each stamp being worth $5, that means it will take $200 of investment until you see your reward. With the soup card, you get your freebie much quicker.
4) New soups spotted on the menu. Vegetable Dumpling Soup. Flat Noodle Soup with Spicy Chicken. Another day I dropped by I saw a Kimchi and Pork Dumpling Soup. Yum. The menu usually includes some standards like their vegetable Udon, a Spicy Ramen and a Kimchi Stew with Pork, Spam, hot dogs and rice cakes, but if you're interested in trying some of the special soups, you're best bet is to get there early. When I dropped by at close to the 2:00pm break time last week they were all out of the vegetable dumpling and flat noodle soup with spicy chicken. Lesson learned, the early luncher gets the noodles.
Woorijip 12 W 32nd St, New York 10001 Between 5th Ave & Broadway 212-244-1115 24/7!