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Momofuku Ssam Bar
Posted by joz on 03/23/2009
i just went there this weekend. after trying to go for quite a while. first, our reservations for the bo ssam didn't come through. second, the "large plates" werent large at all. i could have better vietnamese style grilled pork or pho at any other restaurant besides here for a way lesser price. never have i been more disappointed in paying for a meal than here. not sure if i'll go back even for the bo ssam.
Posted by JoJo on 03/22/2009
A seriously great restaurant - you might not like it if you don't like somewhat uncomfortable seating, loud music or sitting close to other diners. If you are OK with all that, have all five senses, like bold and unusual flavors, and don't mind a menu changing on a pretty regular basis, you will almost definitely like this restaurant. Try the buns, the pork sausage and rice cakes, the squid salad, the mushroom salad if they have it, the mussels, and anything from the raw bar, all absolutely pristine. Amazing. Great staff. Don't mind the haters.
Posted by meatlover on 02/08/2009
Believe the hype -- this is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. My fiancé and I were blown away by the pork buns, squid salad, country ham, and lamb sweetbreads. Every bite was surprising, fun, complex, and just delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. We loved it.
Posted by Shutovsky on 01/11/2009
Price/Value is horrific.
Posted by Tim on 09/27/2008
I went to Ssam with a friend at 8:45 on a Thursday night. We had to stand in the corner for about 25 minutes before we were seated (they don't take reservations), but we were offered drinks while we waited. Overall, the food was good, and we both enjoyed the meal. But the place lost points, in my book, because it tried too hard to be funky. Some of the things were just sort of random (the menu had Dr. Pepper and about half a dozen different types of root beer, for example...but not Coke or Pepsi and the menu changes daily, which makes it hard to recommend a dish or come back to retry a favorite). Others were more frustrating. Most of the seating is at a long, high table at which you're crammed in next to other diners, for example, on high stools with no back. My friend and I could barely hear each other over the table, while I could have easily elbowed in the face both people sitting next to me (at the same time). It was hard to juggle our various dishes, plates, drinks, etc. in the small sliver of table we were allotted. When the people next to us left for the evening, allowing us to spread into their space for a few minutes before the next party was seated, it felt like luxury. Overall, the food was good, and (compared to other Manhattan restaurants) was a good value for the price. But the seating was uncomfortable, and it felt like they were trying too hard to be different. I'd consider going back under the right circumstances, but I won't be rushing back.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2008
After all the hype, I finally got to try this place for myself and was not disappointed. If you're looking for a posh, relaxed place for more refined plates, this isn't it. If you want bold, new style conceptualizations of Asian and Western flavors together in a frank, up front style, here you go. Service seemed a little lackadaisical at first but improved once we got into the meal. The servers seemed genuinely knowledgeable and interested in the food they were serving which I thought was great. By the way the previous post is incorrect, there is a beer/sake menu on the back of the menu card, and also a separate wine list, maybe they failed to notice it. I had one of those great ham appetizers and it did not disappoint, it's like the American answer to prosciutto, yum. I also had the squid salad, very fresh and tender, not chewy at all, and with a Korean base to the flavor (although a touch bitter.) The spicy pork sausage entree was definitely full of kick, not for the faint-hearted, but totally delicious with an Asian undertone. The skate entree fell more on the Western side, with a scrumptious fried Old Bay coating and awesome pickled ramps. I found the portions overall to be filling and not skimpy as well. I also still detected David Chang's Korean influences in the flavors which was a fun surprise. This place is very original and does not skimp on flavor. As I said, it's a bit rough around the edges, but I loved it and would like to try even more items on this unique menu.
Posted by maryr on 06/30/2008
i took out of town food-snob friend here this weekend. she and i loved all five dishes we shared. prices are pretty reasonable for the fresh and sometimes exotic ingredients. my only disappointment was that there is no liquor menuit's sake, wine, or beer. the waitstaff was attentive and friendly, even taking time to pass a question back to the kitchen staff. overall, a lovely dining experience.