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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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    RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Asian Fusion, Small Plates/Tapas, Local/Organic
  • 207 2nd Ave, New York NY10003 40.73169 -73.985846
  • (At 13th St)
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  • (212) 254-3500
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User Ratings (Based on 72 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 2.8
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 254-3500
Major Credit Cards Bar Sun: 6pm-2am Mon-Thu: 6pm-2am Fri-Sat: 6pm-3am
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-3:30pm+5pm-12am Fri-Sat: 11:30am-3:30pm+5pm-1am
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Cheap Eats, Group Dining, Open Late, Prix Fixe, Trendy, Happy Hour, Raw Bar, Bar Scene, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by terry on 11/16/2007

    not great

    i'm familiar with the criticisms of the momofuku noodle bar, and chief among them is that comparable dishes can be found 20 blocks south for half the price. it never bothered me there, as the food is always good, and $12 or $13 for a bowl isn't crazy to me - i could always leave full and happy. the ssam bar, unfortunately, is another story. we tried it in the first month of its opening, when the ssam was pretty much it for menu options. i wasn't wowed, but the price was right. now, however, beyond the standard namesake "sandwich," there aren't really any deals to be had. the apple salad we shared to start was the highlight of the meal, and while not cheap at $13, it was delicious, topped with bacon (ubiquitous as ever in the momofuku universe), lychee fruit and gelatin, roasted peanuts and a cilantro-like herb. really excellent, and if the rest of the meal had held up, i'd have no complaints. for entrees, we had the lemongrass pork sausage ssam and pork short rib clay pot. the sausage ssam was dry, and had surprisingly little flavor apart from the mint which was served as a condiment. the portion here would've been reasonable at $17 for a superior product, but this was not. the short rib clay pot with fingerling potatoes was like a stew, but much more challenging to eat (bones necessitated the removal of the rib from the bowl). this dish was wholly unremarkable, contained exactly two potatoes, and, i felt, considerably overpriced at $25. our server was very good. we ate at the counter. he was attentive but not overbearing, and had a great command of the restaurant's menu offerings. there's definite potential, as evidenced by the salad, and glimpses we caught of other small plates coming out of the kitchen. i'll probably return once the menu rotates again, in hopes that this potential will be fulfilled.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by MPaddict on 10/18/2007

    all around good

    Definitely a hyped up downtown hip spot, as witnessed by the crammed waiting area in the back (on top of the kitchen). Food was great, the hamachi and the hanger steak ssam were great, and the deconstructed pork buns were pretty tasty, but a little light on the hoisin. We sent back the momfuku ssam (pretty dry... not so pleasing on the palate), but the rioja was delicious and it was great overall.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2007

    Used to be Better

    Just a quick note....Part of the fun of going to Momofuku was creating your own meal. Although the selections/tooppings/additions did not change, you could could try new combinations everytime you went it. I guess this presented too much work for them, or was not as financially beneficial, but my days at Momofuku are over.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by The authority on 09/18/2007

    Asian Chipotle with quality ingredients

    Fast, easy, feels like a chipotle (low on atmosphere) but the food is soooo good.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by nerual on 09/01/2007

    If you're still hungry, eat more

    To “still hungry”. Just eat a little bit more and you won’t be still hungry. It sounds like you and your girlfriend split 3 dishes. I’m a petite woman and I eat more than that, just by myself. Get the skate. Get the tomato salad. Get the cauliflower. Get the hamachi (which has a tasty and visually appealing swirl of edamame/horseradish puree). In October, you’ll be able to get the legendary brussel sprouts. Get the banh mi - get anything that comes with veal head terrine. The trout is always good and there’s some bacon in it too. Don’t forget to save room for strawberry short cake for dessert. You won’t be so cranky if you’re full!! I hope you take my advice - no need to thank me, it's my pleasure - you're very welcome.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by rayski on 08/26/2007

    still hungry

    The only way to feel better about my experience is to write an honest review and forget I ever went. Very disappointed that I paid a fair share of money and left hungry. When I saw the first dish arrive w the little swirl/design around the food I knew I was in trouble. That s when I should have left. The steak dish was tasty , but insultingly small. The pork dish was like some patty thang. Oh well. I did read the reviews and was not surprised , but my girlfriend wanted to go. The service?? If you think good service is taking your plate before you are done is good, then they were great!! I was trying to figure out how not to leave hungry. Went to Caracas for fried bananas and flan to make good!!!

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by ThomasOrorke on 08/20/2007

    Great Lunch Spot

    I thought the Berkshire Pork Rice Bowl was incredible. The Pork itself was much better than anything that I've had back home in Bama. The Flour Pancake Ssam with Beef Brisket and Roast Onions was off the charts. I put this place in my top ten in the city...and I eat out all the time.

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