All Reader Reviews of...
207 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 13th St.
what's the big fuss?
By 2jj on 12/3/2008
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.
NY Mag ruined it for me
By junipur on 1/15/2008
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".
By ilpprc on 12/29/2008
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.
communal table with bad service
By jonB on 6/6/2010
hit and miss on menu... not consistent quality food. definitely overpriced for what gets served, its like tapas for price of full meals. Was forced to sit at communal table and when complained was told i would have wait an extra 30 minutes after having waited 40!! dont waste your time , so many other better options in NYC
By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010
I ate here once and would absolutely never go back. The "signature dish" of uni with whipped tofu and bubble tea bubbles is one of the most disgusting things I've ever eaten. Every wine by the glass completely sucked, and the place is crowded and noisy. To think people actually wait in line to get into this place and that it gets fawned over on foodie blogs is bizarre "food culture" phenomenon if there ever was one.
Why do people go here?
By thekarmabums on 8/18/2009
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.
Retire the attitude, bring back the burritos and the rice bowls!
By glai on 10/21/2008
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.
Ssam old Korean, Bo-low Average Experience
By VictualVoyeur on 11/21/2009
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.
I don't get it.
By lambchops on 9/2/2010
So the pork belly buns are delicious. Great. Otherwise, the menu is literally all or nothing here. The sirloin in broth had absolutely no flavor and the pork sausage with rice cakes was doused in an excessive amount of greasy hot sauce. Others have written about prices being too high and I would agree -- although I don't mind paying for good food, even if portions are small. But good food this is not.
A Korean MacDonalds?
By garbanzo on 12/31/2006
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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