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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
"Mixed Reviews"

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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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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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104 out of 219 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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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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Retire the attitude, bring back the burritos and the rice bowls!

By glai on 10/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been here (and the noodle shop) many a time and have even had the $200 bo ssam. No doubt, that the food is great, but expensive. When you start to take off the things on the menu that were great and serve it up with a arrogant, condescending, unapologetic attitude, you really do the restaurant a disservice. My girlfriend and I were there this weekend and discovered the rice bowls had been taken off. It seriously put me in a sad state but we stuck it out and ordered the pork buns. Those are still great, but the waiter took the dishes away while we were still eating and acknowledged he did it purposely and gave us attitude when we asked for them back. I've been raving about this restaurant, but now that my favourite dishes have been removed for no reason (that was communicated to me), I won't be coming back because I just cannot take the attitude.

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108 out of 222 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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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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So Good!

By connect on 5/16/2008

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

My girlfriend and I ordered the prix fixe tasting menu at Ssam Bar and I've never had so much delicious food! The staff was really nice and explained everything as it was put in front of us. They also checked on us constantly to make sure we were all content. The only problem was that the portions for each course were fairly large so by the time we got to the pork shoulder main course we were stuffed! I really enjoyed my meal and would go back in a second.

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NY Mag ruined it for me

By junipur on 1/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

After hearing so much about the Ssam Bar (especially in MY Mag) I was looking forward to trying it. But the food was mediocre, expensive and not very innovative. We had short ribs drowned in a pot of thick gravy and the hanger steak ssam, cheaper and better in any number of less trendy korean restaurants. To top it off, there was a photo shoot going on while we were eating. The annoying strobe light effect of the constant flash bulbs did not help the ambiance, nor did the mouthy lighting assistant who pretended to ignore our complaints while she kept flashing away directly in front of us as we tried to eat our meal. Then, it turns out it was this very mag doing the shoot. (First you convince me to try a restaurant, then you ruin the already mediocre meal. Nicely done NY magazine - remind me to cancel my subscription. You guys are the worst.) Overrated. Overhyped. I'd rather go to korea-town and get the real deal. "Momofuku Ssam, the extra S is for Sucks".

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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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