207 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 13th St.
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.
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.
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.
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 hooperrose66 on 3/21/2010
Waited an hour to get in to this over-rated place because 1 of our 5 person party was running late. Ww had to wait in the next store "milk/cookie bar" for takeout food. When we finally were seated, we had uncomfortable seats with no backs and were jammed together with no space between us. The waiter had no clue what to recommend for first time eaters. The portions were extremely small, eg; 4 ounces of steak or fish for $27 entree. Still hungry after appetizer and entree and drinks. Very rigid - absolutely no substitutions, change to the cooking eg; broiled vs fried and rigid service.
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 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.
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
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.