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Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.731571 -73.985539
at 13th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-254-3500 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Eclectic/Global, Korean, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Official Website

momofuku.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Third Ave.; L at First Ave.

Prices

$8-$15

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Like Mario Batali and the great British chef Fergus Henderson, David Chang is a card-carrying member of the “Refined Meathead” school of cooking. Meathead chefs have a fondness for pork products and for offal (“We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items,” says the menu at Momofuku Ssäm Bar), and the best of them, including Chang, have a knack for creating big, addictive flavor combinations that get under your skin. Like Batali, Chang—a Korean-American, raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.—mines his own ethnic background for inspiration. The past couple of years, he has been demonstrating his talents on a more modest scale at his madly popular original restaurant. But the newest Momofuku (the word means “lucky peach” in Japanese) is larger and more ambitious than the original, and after a period of bumbling experimentation (at first Chang insisted on selling only a form of Asian burrito called a ssäm), it has grown into a showplace for the chef’s unique brand of earthy, Asian-accented Meathead cuisine.

Note
Reservations are only taken for large-format meals. 

Best Meal Under $10
The BBQ pork buns are the trendy new East Village version of the Wimpy burger. They're pocket-size, portable, and good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Eat five in one sitting, or maybe ten.

Ideal Meal

Fried Brussels sprouts, three-terrine sandwich, spicy tripe, warm veal-head terrine, Momofuku Ssäm

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