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207 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 13th St.
As Good as the reviews
By will_martin_24 on 1/28/2009
The creativity at SsÃ¤m bar pays off. I've never had anything that I did not find exceptional. I recommend the Brussels sprouts.
By connect on 5/16/2008
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.
A good place for europeans
By Canadick on 8/3/2011
I have been reading through some of the bad reviews and I really can't believe some of the comments. We went on a Sunday evening around 8:30 and we sat in the bar and we did not have to wait at all, we got great service and the food was great. Nice flavours and I don't think it was all that pricy. We paid 100 $ for a very nice appetizer salad, main dishes and a full bottle of wine. I liked the design of the place as well and the music was good too. Maybe not a place for my parents due to the noise. There was just one mistake from the kitchen and it was giving it out one main dish too quickly but that got solved nicely.
Never mind the haters ...
By JoJoJo on 1/31/2010
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 ...
By suckatash on 10/29/2009
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.
By nesta13 on 9/15/2009
had an amazing dinner here - loved the service and loved food would definitely go back. food is very inventive
Eating succulent dishes while listening to The Pixies
By ecasey22 on 8/18/2008
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.
By madelyn914 on 12/24/2007
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.
By deborah on 3/26/2007
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.
As a Korean...
By wasabininja on 7/15/2008
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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