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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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what's the big fuss?

By 2jj on 12/3/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

i've always loved to try new restaurants. there's nothing better than a great meal with great service, expensive or inexpensive. after hearing soo much about this place, especially ny mag, becuase i trust ny mag restaurant rating. But, 3 stars out of 5? and $-$$ out of 5?? these information got me extremly confused after trying out at momofuku ssam bar. waiters are extremly cold and not helpful what so ever. terrible music to go with the restaurant. i went with a couple of friends, we all tried the pre fix. i think the only nice dish was the buns. the rice cake?? way too oily and way too spicy to be dined alone. and the PB & J? was too much peanuts, therefore made the taste balance more salty than anything. i would NEVER go back there again, and i hate the fact ny mag rated this place 3 stars. NOT worth it. and the price?? for this kind of food? for this kind of service? never again. thanks.

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112 out of 215 people found this review helpful.

So overrated

By ilpprc on 12/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

This place has been all the rage in the past couple years but was a huge disappointment. The different food elements that supposedly come from different cultures and inspirations do not compliment each other at all. The end result tastes like exotic ingredients were randomly thrown together. Reviews say David Chang can cook meat amazingly well, but any authenticChinese or Korean restaurant (try Chinatown or Korean Town) can produce as, if not more, delicious meat dishes, without adding in unnecessary components to detract from the meat itself. To top it off, Momofuku overcharges for very small portions. Completely overrated and not worth going to.

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114 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

As Good as the reviews

By will_martin_24 on 1/28/2009

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

The creativity at Ssäm bar pays off. I've never had anything that I did not find exceptional. I recommend the Brussels sprouts.

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97 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

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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106 out of 224 people found this review helpful.

Why do people go here?

By thekarmabums on 8/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

For $60 per person, it is very easy to have a mindblowing culinary experience in NYC - one that creates memories. Ssam is one of the most underwhelming experiences I've ever had. The food - yes it's good but you can help feeling cheated. I couldn't help but feel that the kitchen was cooking to maintain its hype, NOT leave its customers with a positive, lasting experience. The food is good, but beware the portions are very small. The ingredients are high quality, but isn't it the end result we care about? Our party felt cheated, and the meal itself felt quite soulless. Skip Ssam. Seriously.

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199 out of 369 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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180 out of 350 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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192 out of 498 people found this review helpful.

Ssam old Korean, Bo-low Average Experience

By VictualVoyeur on 11/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The Bo was unimpressive given the hype, but good compared to standard Korean. At Korean spots, the table is peppered with side dishes- here, there are only four "toppings," two are kimchi, lettuce, and 12 oysters. The only delight came with the dessert, which was creative and delicious. With 7 people, we left wishing we ordered more food. Unfortunately, we weren't given the opportunity to as the service was miserable and insulting. Servers quickly came and left our table barely uttering a word. When we needed something, we had difficulty identifying the inattentive staff who blended in dress with the diners. Questions were met with smugness and unhelpful terse answers. We felt we were an unwanted burden, the food was not incredible; we're not going back.

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188 out of 392 people found this review helpful.

Never mind the haters ...

By JoJoJo on 1/31/2010

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

Cons: can get loud; there's only back-less seating that some people might find uncomfortable; no reservations and sometimes long waits, particularly for groups ... Pros: consistently delicious, inventive food served by a polished + knowledgable staff, pristine raw bar, great cocktails, well-chosen wine and beer list, never had anything like a bad meal here no matter what I've ordered and some dishes are among the best I've ever eaten: pork sausage and rice cakes - mushroom salad - brussel sprouts - duck - skate - crab claws - hamachi collar ...

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148 out of 327 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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