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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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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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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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316 out of 753 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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A Korean MacDonalds?

By garbanzo on 12/31/2006

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

The ssams, rice bowels and buns are surely tasty, but nothing really outstanding. Looks like they took some of the most popular elements of the other place and added a bit of fast food element to it. This place would kill in Midtown (where there's a lack of fast, tasty lunch joints), but I thought the offerings were a bit spare. Need a few more items and choices (perhaps more pre-fab combos to facilitate diners stepping out a bit). Bar patrons aren't going to an exhibit a Craft-like comtemplation of the ingredients, nor do they have the time if someone's tapping their foot behind them in line. In short, good start, but needs some work.

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