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Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 13th St.
212-254-3500

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6
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 6
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Ssam has lost its mojo

By garbanzo on 2/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

For the first year that Chang switched from the straight ssam concept to the new menu, the restaurant really felt like it was experimenting and pushing some boundaries (along with high-quality food). Then came the accolades, which has created complacency. My last trip there was nothing special -- interesting concepts that were executed in an poor-to-average fashion (lamb tough, fish cold, everything too expensive). Meh. Don't even get me started about the Milk Bar. As a worldwide seeker of sweets, the bar blows and is a huge ego play. Going to try Ko and see if that's where the love currently is.

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107 out of 226 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointed- Beware!

By hooperrose66 on 3/21/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Waited an hour to get in to this over-rated place because 1 of our 5 person party was running late. Ww had to wait in the next store "milk/cookie bar" for takeout food. When we finally were seated, we had uncomfortable seats with no backs and were jammed together with no space between us. The waiter had no clue what to recommend for first time eaters. The portions were extremely small, eg; 4 ounces of steak or fish for $27 entree. Still hungry after appetizer and entree and drinks. Very rigid - absolutely no substitutions, change to the cooking eg; broiled vs fried and rigid service.

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154 out of 355 people found this review helpful.

Meh.

By olive_ruth on 3/22/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I was very excited to try Momofuku Ssam after the Bruni review in the Times, but left feeling momo-mediocre on the experience. The pickle plate was a bit much (you have to be an unyielding devotee to the kimchi flavor range to find satisfcation here), the pork bun was beautifully seasoned but almost inedibly fatty (visible fat chunks), and the tofu ssam was good, but nothing to write home about. The breat & butter was probably my favorite, though not sure how it fit in with the rest of the menu. Also, the only soda they serve is Dr. Pepper, which is a little bit hilarious--our server told us it's David's favorite. A fun, lively place to meet friends (preferably on a week night when the wait isn't too bad) and hoping my next visit will spark warmer feelings.

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384 out of 850 people found this review helpful.

10 for food - 0 for service

By antonybcn on 12/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I am quite a regular at Momofuku Noodle Bar, where I love the food and casual friendly service, so I thought it was time to try Momofuku Ssam with a friend visiting from Europe. What a surprise it was to be treated like total morons by the waitress when we asked some explanations about the menu. I don´t think I should be ashamed not to know what a Ssam, ETC or Offal mean...? Again we were considered retards when the waiter wanted to take away the firsts and we asked him to leave them until we were finished. Ah, and the sake wasn´t brought until our main courses... Luckily the food was great, but the arrogant service spoiled our evening.

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145 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

As a Korean...

By wasabininja on 7/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've had my fair share of Bo Ssam in my life including from the motherland and i have to say that momofuku is a bit of a toss up. Taste wise, it's delicious, fresh, and dare i say comparable to home. But the one major problem i couldn't get myself to swallow however, was the price. Maybe it's just me, but knowing that i could eat the exact same thing in Ktown with twice the quantity and half the price made it hard for me to accept this place. The pork buns were delish, as well as everything else i had, it's just that i'm not made of money and i just don't think nice decor and good service (in english) justify the price. Food, decor, service, is all great and it's definitely a place i would take non-korean friends as a means to introduce Korean cuisine in a less intimidating setting; and i appreciate david chang's efforts for that reason exactly. But to those who know what they want in a bo ssam, go to ktown...and get a bottle of soju while you're at it.

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94 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

killer sweetbreads

By deborah on 3/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Crab Claws w/ yuzu mayo - sweet, pristine and refreshing. I could eat the mayo straight. Country ham sliced think like proscuitto in a good size portion. Also had killer sweetbreads with grilled crunchiness on the outside. I could have had seconds and thirds. The momofuku ssam is the best Korean burrito ever - sweet, spicy, savory, tart - perfect for a freezing night in the EV. Not that you have to worry about it now, but the night we were there, it was about 10 degrees out and we had to wear our coats while dining.

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318 out of 757 people found this review helpful.

Ego?

By madelyn914 on 12/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I are huge fans of Dave Chang. Since Momofuku first opened, we have seen him rise to the fame that he deserves. Admittedly, his food is awesome. But, as of late, it is unfortunate that it seems his ego has overtaken his business sense. What we loved about Ssam bar is that you could go there and spend as much or as little as you want. You can go all out on crazy ingredients (the pigs head is great), or just chill with a Ssam. Recently, we visited because we were craving the Momofuku Ssam (listed on NY Mag's popular items). We were disappointed to find it had been removed from the menu - the waiter told us the kitchen just got tired of making it, and that it probably won't be back on. Dave, why take off one of your most popular items that keeps loyal devotees coming back? The screw-you attitude is cute now, but will eventually get old when those paying to keep your restaurants open start to feel slighted.

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161 out of 304 people found this review helpful.

Eating succulent dishes while listening to The Pixies

By ecasey22 on 8/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The value you get for this top quality of food is a bargain to say the least. Recommended dishes - hamachi sashimi, lamb entree, shrimp in watermelon broth.

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89 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

very tasty

By nesta13 on 9/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

had an amazing dinner here - loved the service and loved food would definitely go back. food is very inventive

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183 out of 356 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful

By suckatash on 10/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went with 3 of my guy friends and we we all very happy with the experience. The show stoppers were the steamed pork buns and the duck. It was very busy but we were seated quickly and the staff was very attentive without being intrusive.

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