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Urbanbelly

Noodle House and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
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  • Kyle M.
    "Phat rice, lemongrass chicken, and pad Thai are all delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Suzanne K.
    "Get the Urban Belly Ramen and Phat Rice!"(4 Tips)
    Alexander S.
    "Awesome ramen with pork belly, and the specials are so good!"(13 Tips)
    Jeff L.
    "... the shrimp udon, mushroom pho, the dumplings, it's all delicious. Get..."(3 Tips)
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  • Heather F.
    The pork & cilantro dumpling was perfection.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaDecember 3, 2016
    Mini Ramen is perfect if you're not that hungry
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MarchinaJuly 25, 2016
    Phat rice, lemongrass chicken, and pad Thai are all delicious!
  • Curtis H.
    Curtis HillerJuly 1, 2016
    Patio was enjoyable, but the ramen isn't particularly authentic or good. Spicy and broth-heavy it lacks all the finishing touches: fish cake, bamboo, etc. Pedestrian at best.
  • Jesse
    JesseFebruary 15, 2016
    The pineapple fried rice is really good!
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerJanuary 13, 2016
    The full ramen portion is huge!
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WilsonDecember 31, 2015
    Ramen and duck and pho dumplings
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WallaceDecember 7, 2015
    Amazing flavors. Order some Ramen to share - there are sharing dishes on the table.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilderOctober 23, 2015
    Service industry discount Mondays - 15% off food.
  • david m.
    david murphyOctober 14, 2015
    Hey Urbanbelly, you should join Freebie! It’s pretty rad and the benefits are great for both you and me. Check it out! http://taps.io/freebie
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "I like to think of this dish as an homage to pozole. It’s a cultural mash-up of rice noodles, kimchi, hominy, and pork belly in a brothy bowl. It’s exhilarating!" Chef Paul Fehribach Read more
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NguyenSeptember 21, 2015
    Wasn't what I expected for Korean/American fusion. The ramen had a hoisin sauce taste, and a special was an udon noodle with a curry flavor
  • Juney H.
    Juney HamJune 21, 2015
    Free Kirin Ichiban on draft for dads on Father's Day! Awesome.
  • Justine B.
    Justine BrittenMay 25, 2015
    Mushroom pho on point
  • Yvonne M.
    Yvonne MitchellApril 14, 2015
    Hey Urbanbelly, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 10, 2015
    The cheeseburger is made with Wagyu beef and served on a seasme-crusted steamed bun and comes with the popular togarashi spice fries. Read more
  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 27, 2014
    Wonderful ramen and dumplings. I had the self titled and the duck. Very accommodating staff.
  • Dirk D.
    Dirk De LorNovember 26, 2014
    Best ramen in the city. The right amount of spice combined with pork belly.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DallasOctober 25, 2014
    Cocktails, small plates, crazy Korean fusion BBQ. Awesome place
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork and cilantro dumplings are good, but the noodle/ramen special was killer. Exceptional service.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 3, 2014
    Great patio. Try the phat rice.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Urban Belly as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Unique Eats Read more
  • Kari B.
    Kari BoguszAugust 22, 2014
    Warm your belly with a delicious bowl of noodles, dumplings, or phat rice but save room for desert! Love their donuts and PB&J!
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohAugust 11, 2014
    Wagyu burger
  • Mike
    MikeAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ramen and/or Kimchi broth.
  • Aurora C.
    Aurora ChengAugust 9, 2014
    You can always find Pan-Asian food interesting! Love the urban belly ramen the most! Mixed flavor of Korea, Japan and Thailand! Duck and pho dumplings are a bit oily tho!
  • Adam Z.
    Adam ZadikoffAugust 6, 2014
    Pretty much everything but I love the ramen and their take on Pad Thai.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The restaurant is BYO on Sundays, which is a nod to the policy at the former location. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The lamb and brandy dumplings at Urban Belly are best eaten whole, in one single, enormous bite. Read more
  • dj hammurabi
    dj hammurabiJune 23, 2014
    Save room for donuts.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PaloMay 27, 2014
    Loved it. Quality food, personable staff. They even have gluten free options!!
  • Gerard M.
    Gerard McGuigganMay 10, 2014
    Open kitchen means you can hear the staff saying Fuck that shit....and what a fuckin' asshole. Great lunch conversation! Poor management is usually to blame.
  • Lani Love
    Lani LoveMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pass on the mushroom pho. The broth tastes too much like hoisin sauce which is usually served on the side for dipping. Pea shoot fried rice though is a solid choice.
  • Bukie T.
    Bukie TowolawiFebruary 23, 2014
    Buffalo chicken dumplings are AMAZING!
  • Romy S.
    Romy SethJanuary 19, 2014
    Waygu dumplings are to die for...
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LeibovichJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The belly ramen, the shrimp udon, mushroom pho, the dumplings, it's all delicious. Get dessert, the pb&j Fro Yo and the mini donuts, can't go wrong.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The PB&J soft serve at Urban Belly is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. http://tmout.us/rLOtk Read more
  • Gerard M.
    Gerard McGuigganDecember 19, 2013
    If you like Chinese 5 spice you'll love this place everything has it in it. Ugh.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SuggsNovember 30, 2013
    Great pork belly ramen
  • Matt
    MattNovember 24, 2013
    Try. Everything.
  • Suzanne K.
    Suzanne KoNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Urban Belly Ramen and Phat Rice! For the sweet tooth, get the PB & J!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GoldstickNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the donuts and PB&J soft serve ... Out of this world!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SchrockSeptember 29, 2013
    Awesome ramen with pork belly, and the specials are so good! BYOB - the Beer Temple up at Belmont and California is a good bet for tasty brews to go along with your pho or dumplings.
  • Chulses M.
    Chulses MacSmithsSeptember 27, 2013
    Employees are nice, the space is small, only 4 tables, but nice. My main problem with them is that they can't make any of their dishes without onions. Rice dishes were subpar.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoroffJune 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the specials. Tonight's was rice noodle w corn, shrimp, pork sausage in a green curry broth. Outstanding
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    Urban Belly Ramen: Bill Kim instead uses a phở-like base here, which brings in all kinds of other spices and aromas. This may not please the traditionalists, but works in every other capacity.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 18, 2013
    Kristina Caruso says: "Get the rice cakes - #15 on the menu. Also, the pork and rice and the lamb and burgundy dumpling."
  • Nick F.
    Nick FioreApril 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They do no substitutions
  • Edward H.
    Edward HFebruary 23, 2013
    A bit pricey for what I got. Urban ramen came w 4 strips of pork belly and a few shiitake mushrooms for $13. Noodles and soup aren't that expensive
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    get the urbanbelly ramen!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WrightDecember 16, 2012
    One of the best pork pho broths around
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LocaNovember 4, 2012
    Food is soulful and delicious. But the staff is rude and unfriendly. Not the best combination. If you don't like your job (lady with the short hair) maybe you shouldn't work in the food industry. .
  • Jane - Mumma T
    Jane - Mumma TMay 26, 2012
    Bring bib! The dumplings are good.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Always want to try something new, but I can't stop getting the Katsu in curry with pineapple and rice noodles. Chewy rice orbs, spicy broth, sweetness from pineapple. So damn good. BYOB too!
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GacMay 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware of delicious squirting dumplings!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloApril 1, 2012
    Duck and pho-spiced dumplings are a must try.
  • Megan S.
    Megan StoutFebruary 28, 2012
    Soba noodles and phat rice!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableFebruary 1, 2012
    Don't leave without picking up a bottle or two of chef Bill Kim's fantastic new sauces, including soy-balsamic Seoul Sauce and the tangy, chile-packed Belly Fire. Read more
  • Betsy M.
    Betsy MartensDecember 1, 2011
    #14: perfect for clogged sinuses!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The food is made up of cheap, Asian basics like dumplings and ramen noodles. But the dumplings are filled with lamb and brandy and the ramen tossed with braised pork belly and king oyster mushrooms. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 17, 2011
    The food is made up of cheap, Asian basics like dumplings and ramen noodles. But the dumplings are filled with lamb and brandy and the ramen tossed with braised pork belly and king oyster mushrooms.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    One of the reasons Chicago loves Bill Kim. Creative Asian soul food in a communal setting. Pull up a wooden block and go hypnotic over the luscious dumplings, rice, and noodle dishes. - Inspector
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JungMay 3, 2011
    pork belly and pineapple over rice is just perfect!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pineapple Fried Rice - Mmmmmmm.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel K.April 17, 2011
    a good special - Korean BBQ beef ramen w/ kimchi broth
  • Manbque
    ManbqueMarch 7, 2011
    Good dumplings.
  • Neil R.
    Neil RossMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Delicious new special. Udon noodle yellow curry broth with smoked sausage shrimp and mushrooms
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonJanuary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can add extra pork belly to the pork belly ramen for $3 more. PORK BELLY - need I say anything else.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 14, 2011
    Try the Ramen
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    Bill Kim turned noodles and dumplings on their head when he opened this downscale joint with incredibly flavorful food in a middle-of-nowhere strip mall. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Mark T.
    Mark TyeDecember 22, 2010
    Rice noodle!
  • Yumi Y.
    Yumi YamauchiDecember 7, 2010
    VERY surprised how delicious the udon was!! very impressed ;)
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Wow I love this place. It is a must stop for belly lovers, duck & Pho Dumplings, Ramen with Pork Belly & Shiitakes. Chef Kim is outstanding. -Thierry Rautureau, Top Chef
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 19, 2010
    This is what happens when a haute-cuisine chef (Bill Kim) switches gears & starts cooking for the masses: crisp, pan-fried dumplings stuffed with garlic-kissed ground lamb & brandy-soaked black beans
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineSeptember 20, 2010
    Wrinkle beans, dumplings with duck and pho spices, and rice noodles with kimchi and hominy in spicy pork broth is a great way to start your order at Chef Bill Kim's lively BYOB spot. Read more
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AndersenAugust 15, 2010
    BYOB!!
  • patty p.
    patty parkJuly 13, 2010
    What not to expect from Urban Belly:1) An authentic Korean fusion2) Spiciness (maybe it's just me seeing as how im a spicy-food-lover but their "spiciest" item on the menu was not spicy for me wha
  • Alberto C.
    Alberto CabralesJuly 4, 2010
    Very good! #3, #14, and #15 are delicious! Don't forget to try the Phat Rice. Definitely coming back.
  • katie r.
    katie rasmussenJune 28, 2010
    #15 and #12 are my faves...i could eat here everyday.
  • Wes W.
    Wes WalkerJune 24, 2010
    ALL the food here is FANTASTIC. But, don't miss the Phat Rice and the Wrinkle Beans!
  • Dave C.
    Dave ClarkMay 15, 2010
    Try anything. I don't believe you can go wrong here.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BoyerApril 13, 2010
    try the chicken and mushroom dumplings
  • Kris W.
    Kris WagnerApril 8, 2010
    Good Birthday place? We'll know tomorrow..
  • Ben
    BenMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The #15 is spicy and delicious.
  • jessica p.
    jessica perrinMarch 18, 2010
    Try the udon noodles, tricky to eat without making a mess, but delicious. Just wear a shirt you don't mind getting dirty. Or a bib.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DFebruary 14, 2010
    Get on my to-do list
  • Neil R.
    Neil RossFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    great bowl of soup and dumplings
  • Noah L.
    Noah LevinFebruary 12, 2010
    Order the egg noodles and lamb potstickers, and make conversation with strangers. Read more
  • Bryan R.
    Bryan RahningFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely get the Fois Gras and Duck Dumpling if they have it on special.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PelletierDecember 13, 2009
    beef short rib rice
  • Mike S.
    Mike SzymanskiOctober 7, 2009
    Try the dumplings at Urban Belly
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KanSeptember 12, 2009
    Absolutely the best item on the menu: The Urban Belly Ramen with pork belly.
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