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Momofuku Ssam Bar
Posted by . on 06/29/2008
i used to thoroughly enjoy the "momufuku ssam" that they offered for lunch, dinner and late night. it's since been taken off the menu. i've been craving this for months...please bring it back! i work odd hours, and a momufuku ssam at midnight was a heaven sent. heck, the establishment is NAMED after the dish! please, i beg you, bring it back!
Posted by dave on 06/22/2008
my gf and i went on a friday evening, the place was packed and we thought it might be worth trying. we got the mushroom salad for 16, it had some 10 tiny pieces of mushrooms and a minimal sprinkle of green on it. for the main course, we got a pork shoulder and lamb bellies, the pork shoulder was beyond fatty and cost 26, the lamb bellies were 22 and was marginal at best. the environment was crowded and noisy, service was just ok. we ended up spending 80$ (tax+tips) and left hungry and disappointed. note: don't confuse this place with the momofuku ramen, we would recommend the ramen counterpart.
Posted by Jen on 06/09/2008
ok it kills me to write this but the restaurant does not have straws. Ever. Isn't that a basic necessity to run a restaurant? Their signature dish, the steamed buns are overrated - globs and globs of hoisin. I don't see what all the fuss is about. The Crispy Pig's Head Torchon was alright but forgettable. To their credit the mushroom salad, service and atmosphere are excellent. Overall an above- average experience but overpriced for tiny portions
Posted by Peggy on 05/29/2008
Yes, the food is a bit pricey, but for the quality ingredients that are being used, it is well worth it. The highlight of the meal had to be the steamed pork buns and the roasted mushroom salad. Overall, a delicious meal.
Posted by seafood lover on 05/13/2008
we went to ssam bar saturday night and after the 1hr,20 min wait we were finally seated and it was worth the wait, this place not only has great food but the waiters are attentive and real,our waiter's name was russ and when i say real i mean he really cared about his job and what was going on in the restaurant, the food is slightly expensive but it should be due to the amount of work that went into preparing these fun and versatile works of art, i reccomend the pork buns,sweet breads and sea urchin, unfiltered sake if you like sake.
Posted by UES on 04/21/2008
Funny that one review says the staff pushes you around - because no sooner than we were seated in a near empty restaurant (got there nice and early Saturday) we were relocated to another table. We didn't really mind but it was odd. The dishes that were good were quite tasty, and the ones that were OK were not terrible. The problem is everything is very pricey for what it is so I can see how people expect more for their money. Some of what we had - Pork Buns and Pork Shoulder: Great. Uni and Crab claws - Meh. VN sandwich was pretty good but small for 10 bucks. Safe to say it is over-rated but still worth a try. We were a group of 5 and across the board we were not too impressed after hearing such good things.
Posted by ttl212 on 03/17/2008
I have to vehemently disagree with the negative posts I've been reading. Momofuku Ssam was one of if not THE best meals I've had in the past year. Everything we ordered was incredible. The braised short ribs alone should have sonnets written to them. We had no complaints about the service, either. It perfectly matched the relaxed, east village vibe of the restaurant. No, it wasn't hovering or overly attentive. But that's not the kind of restaurant Momofuku is. So if you're looking for a white tablecloth high end romantic dinner, you're bound to be disappointed. But if you want a high-energy, low-key, downtown experience punctuated by insanely delicious food, then this is your place.