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MO'S ORIGINAL

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MO'S ORIGINAL

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WHO
The team behind the popular Jamaican joint Glady's Jerk Center—including co-owner William “Mo” Garfield and chef-owner Junior Felix—has transformed the second location of the Caribbean fave into Mo’s Original, a Japanese-Caribbean ramen joint in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. Japanese ramen and Caribbean food, you say? Indeed, you’ll find five kinds of ramen, from classic to those with a new spin; a smoker spits out Caribbean proteins, and the chef has some fun with a hodge lodge menu of American classics that somehow works. There’s something for everyone in this neighborhood gem with a relaxed attitude.

FOOD
The Ramen menu has five kinds of ramen— one no-broth, served warm. One vegetarian with mushrooms. Gluten-free friends will rejoice with Tamara and rice noodles options. From the smoker come more Caribbean or American comfort foods like ribs ($14), pork shoulder ($12) and spicy chicken ($11), each served as a half pound, with salad or fries.
You can thank the gods for Mo’s Burger ($13), a double stack patty of oozy melty cheese and sauce that was rather challenging to eat but delicious as hell. It came on a toasted sesame bun (instead of the Martin’s potato roll specified on the menu, which would have been better and made it easier to eat) and classic tater tots. The “Etc.” menu also features a Smoked Veggie Burger ($11), and a fantastic Big Salad ($13) with crisp veggies like daikon, carrot and also hemp seeds, almonds and fresh herbs. The Fried Chicken ($14) means business, with pickles and tater tots on the side of three large pieces, or you can go for a whole fried fish, like porgy. Tots on the side come with the works—in this case, scallions, a vegan eel sauce, aioli and bonito. ($7) Specials can include dishes like mussels ($13) or smoked lobster with salad and corn ($28).

DRINKS
During Mo’s Original’s daily 5-7pm Happy Hour, they run an edited drinks menu ($3-7) which includes snacks ($4-5).
The full menu features sakes ($8-11), beers ($4-7 for cans or bottles) and various non-ales including yuzu lemon ($5) and RamuneHouse wines ($8-11) are refreshingly priced and cocktails ($10-11) provide a departure from the usual and feature Caribbean ingredients: The Dear Wife is made from cocoanut-washed vodka, pineapple, falernum and mint, while the Oni comes with Puya pepper-infused tequila, orange liqueur, cucumber and lime.

DECOR
Overall, Mo’s is bright and cheerful, with a jolt of bright yellow color from the empty tins of mustard powder used to hold napkins and utensils. The design is based around showcasing a wide selection of potted plants, palms, fiddle leaf tree, snake plants, all thriving in the gorgeous afternoon light.

NOISE
The noise level is average for a local Brooklyn spot - can get a bit loud when full but when not as crowded, the metro tile decor doesn’t amplify too much noise. Soundtrack of slightly obscure reggae tracks was just loud enough to groove to while sipping on drinks at the bar.

SEATING
A mix of seating sections include low tables made of particle board with nice, angled finishes. There are also around 10 counter seats looking onto the kitchen at lower counter, counter stools in the front window and a wrap around sea green cement bar and heavy, hand hewn wooden stools make this feel like Fred Flintstone became a modern day restaurant designer—in a good way.
The main bar counter has room for around 18 heavy wooden stools reminiscent of worn butcher blocks; you can sit at low tables in the airy but small, light-filled dining room; or at a few stools at a counter in the front window.

VIBE
With such a vibrant assortment of lush green plants like at Mo’s Original, you might think you’re in a mod greenhouse. The white walls and simple lighting with cool bulbs show that a lot of thought went into an otherwise spare and simple design that avoids looking skimped on. Mo’s is a quirky place with great daylight and an equally sunny, laid back vibe.

RESTROOMS
The bathroom again showcases economical design choices that still add character — this one is covered floor to ceiling in bare plywood, with a strip of mirror running around the wall at eye level, and makes you feel like the owners really care to make the place feel welcome and fun for the guests.

SERVICE
The servers here are more of the chilled-out neighbor ilk than highly trained professionals, but the vibe fit the space and they knew their stuff.

WOULD RECOMMEND
For nights when you want something comforting or affordable and don’t want to order in. A casual option for the neighborhood and a great option for anyone looking to see what the less sparkly restaurateurs are getting up to in the outer boroughs, for not that much cash. In other words, a perfect new bistro option. 

WHO
The team behind the popular Jamaican joint Glady's Jerk Center—including co-owner William “Mo” Garfield and chef-owner Junior Felix—has transformed the second location of the Caribbean fave into Mo’s Original, a Japanese-Caribbean ramen joint in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. Japanese ramen and Caribbean food, you say? Indeed, you’ll find five kinds of ramen, from classic to those with a new spin; a smoker spits out Caribbean proteins, and the chef has some fun with a hodge lodge menu of American classics that somehow works. There’s something for everyone in this neighborhood gem with a relaxed attitude.

FOOD
The Ramen menu has five kinds of ramen— one no-broth, served warm. One vegetarian with mushrooms. Gluten-free friends will rejoice with Tamara and rice noodles options. From the smoker come more Caribbean or American comfort foods like ribs ($14), pork shoulder ($12) and spicy chicken ($11), each served as a half pound, with salad or fries.
You can thank the gods for Mo’s Burger ($13), a double stack patty of oozy melty cheese and sauce that was rather challenging to eat but delicious as hell. It came on a toasted sesame bun (instead of the Martin’s potato roll specified on the menu, which would have been better and made it easier to eat) and classic tater tots. The “Etc.” menu also features a Smoked Veggie Burger ($11), and a fantastic Big Salad ($13) with crisp veggies like daikon, carrot and also hemp seeds, almonds and fresh herbs. The Fried Chicken ($14) means business, with pickles and tater tots on the side of three large pieces, or you can go for a whole fried fish, like porgy. Tots on the side come with the works—in this case, scallions, a vegan eel sauce, aioli and bonito. ($7) Specials can include dishes like mussels ($13) or smoked lobster with salad and corn ($28).

DRINKS
During Mo’s Original’s daily 5-7pm Happy Hour, they run an edited drinks menu ($3-7) which includes snacks ($4-5).
The full menu features sakes ($8-11), beers ($4-7 for cans or bottles) and various non-ales including yuzu lemon ($5) and RamuneHouse wines ($8-11) are refreshingly priced and cocktails ($10-11) provide a departure from the usual and feature Caribbean ingredients: The Dear Wife is made from cocoanut-washed vodka, pineapple, falernum and mint, while the Oni comes with Puya pepper-infused tequila, orange liqueur, cucumber and lime.

DECOR
Overall, Mo’s is bright and cheerful, with a jolt of bright yellow color from the empty tins of mustard powder used to hold napkins and utensils. The design is based around showcasing a wide selection of potted plants, palms, fiddle leaf tree, snake plants, all thriving in the gorgeous afternoon light.

NOISE
The noise level is average for a local Brooklyn spot - can get a bit loud when full but when not as crowded, the metro tile decor doesn’t amplify too much noise. Soundtrack of slightly obscure reggae tracks was just loud enough to groove to while sipping on drinks at the bar.

SEATING
A mix of seating sections include low tables made of particle board with nice, angled finishes. There are also around 10 counter seats looking onto the kitchen at lower counter, counter stools in the front window and a wrap around sea green cement bar and heavy, hand hewn wooden stools make this feel like Fred Flintstone became a modern day restaurant designer—in a good way.
The main bar counter has room for around 18 heavy wooden stools reminiscent of worn butcher blocks; you can sit at low tables in the airy but small, light-filled dining room; or at a few stools at a counter in the front window.

VIBE
With such a vibrant assortment of lush green plants like at Mo’s Original, you might think you’re in a mod greenhouse. The white walls and simple lighting with cool bulbs show that a lot of thought went into an otherwise spare and simple design that avoids looking skimped on. Mo’s is a quirky place with great daylight and an equally sunny, laid back vibe.

RESTROOMS
The bathroom again showcases economical design choices that still add character — this one is covered floor to ceiling in bare plywood, with a strip of mirror running around the wall at eye level, and makes you feel like the owners really care to make the place feel welcome and fun for the guests.

SERVICE
The servers here are more of the chilled-out neighbor ilk than highly trained professionals, but the vibe fit the space and they knew their stuff.

WOULD RECOMMEND
For nights when you want something comforting or affordable and don’t want to order in. A casual option for the neighborhood and a great option for anyone looking to see what the less sparkly restaurateurs are getting up to in the outer boroughs, for not that much cash. In other words, a perfect new bistro option. 

CHEF

Junior Felix

OPENING DAYS

Open for lunch and dinner (midday to 10:30 pm). Closed Monday.

RESERVATIONS

No reservations needed.

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