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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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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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101 out of 213 people found this review helpful.

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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64 out of 116 people found this review helpful.

A good place for europeans

By Canadick on 8/3/2011

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

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.

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97 out of 187 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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158 out of 346 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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201 out of 513 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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188 out of 367 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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92 out of 186 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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162 out of 306 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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322 out of 764 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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