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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • 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 over priced on 08/19/2007

    Prices high Food passable

    the food is okay but NOT definitely worth the price. there are so many options in the city and this one has received way too much hype. dont get me wrong, the food is okay, just not all its cracked out to be, especially considering the price.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/13/2007

    Porky goodness

    Went here on Saturday night with my partner. Arrived around 6:45pm to avoid a wait, was seated immediately at the bar. The service was a bit pokey but the food made up for it. Started with the Steamed pork buns and assorted pickle appetizer. The buns were great! But who doesn't like yummy pork fat. The pickle appetizer was a good counterbalance to the fat. Most pickles - fennal, cucumber, and asian pear - were good. A couple - watermelon in particular - not as strong. Next up, we got the lemongrass pork sausage and momofuku ssam. Pork sausage ssam was excellent. The pork flavorful and nicely paired with carrot and dikon pickle. The Momofuku ssam was a bit monotextural. Good flavors but all together just too mushy in texture. Would be better to deconstruct the whole thing and let people assemble it to their preference. The whole meal came out to $60 including tip for two people. Not bad at all. Would go again just for the steamed buns alone. By the time we left - a little after 8pm, there was a huge line outside. Definately hit the place before 7pm. Not sure I'd have been so happy if I'd had to wait.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2007

    Great, even for non-pork eaters

    I don't even eat pork, and I had a fantastic meal here. I shared the spicy squid salad (great flavor) and then had the hangar steak ssam. someone else i was with had the mussels which were also great. I did feel a bit rushed by the waiters which always irks me, but overall it was a great experience and the ambiance is very casual but also clean and chic. Get there early to avoid a wait (we got there at 630pm on a weekday and had no problem).

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by koreanfoodlover on 06/19/2007

    My mouth watered - not in a good way

    This food may work for you, but it didn’t for me. I have fairly adventurous palate and enjoy fusion cuisine, but the Momofuku chefs could have well been actors playing the part-- I mean I could throw random items from my refrigerator and it would have been more exciting and edible than what I had there. The Santa Barbara uni dish with the tofu foam was nauseating - i think they forget to tell you that not only do you have uni and tofu foam, you also have tapioca pearls marinated in apple juice and sea salt with the essence of anise. I love uni, I tried to scape the overpowering sea salt and dumped the gross tapioca to the wayside and I still couldn't eat it. The Warm Veal Head Terrine is deep fried fat—why did they deep fry it? The steamed buns with pork belly—a hot dog would have been more thrilling. And we had something like trout almondine, which I have no idea how that fits into the menu. Maybe Momofuku should stay with what they do best – noodles.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2007


    Of course, there will be many people that don't understand the cuisine--as shown by many of the other reviews. Obviously though, there are many who do "get it", since the place is contiually packed. The food is fun, straightforward, yet intruiging and most important: very tasty. My favorite dish is the steamed buns with pork belly. Absolute heaven.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Wilfrid on 04/27/2007

    The ham

    There may have been some smoked ham on the previous reviewer's platter, but Momofuku serves primarily country hams. Country hams are preserved using a salt brine, and they are always salty. You may not like a salty country ham, but that's how country hams are supposed to be. This is a very good little restaurant, and the lines for dinner every night are more foodies than tourists.

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Posted by Ethnic Foods on 04/25/2007

    Don't Believe the Hype

    Ssam Bar: all hype and no depth. I ordered the Berkshire Pork Steamed Buns, Edwards Wigwam Smoked Ham, and Momofuku Ssam. The aforementioned pork buns were wrapped in a doughy covering whose consistency can only compare to Play-Doh. This bun held two slices of pork, or should I say fat. The concoction tasted fine, but does animal fat ever taste bad? Then came the smoked ham, which was akin to prosciutto. However, salt overwhelmed the meat and all other flavors it was purported to have. Ssam Bar apparently has not been tasting its own food because a lonely bread slice came with the extra-salty ham (and only the bread made said ham edible). I was willing to forgive these two dishes if the namesake lived up to its hype, but the Momofuku Ssam also fell flat. Texture wise, the ssam's ingredients did not mesh well: hard, undercooked edamame along with cold, wet rice and a too thin burrito skin led to a ssam that fell apart upon first bite. Flavor wise, the ssam was just okay--fast food burritos would crush this weak contender. Altogether, you just have to wonder why the hell these dishes are on one menu. Who places subpar "Korean" and "Italian" inspired dishes on one menu without a strong link? Bottom line: skip Momofuku Ssam Bar a.k.a. don't believe the hype! I have no problem paying Manhattan prices for my meals, but I expect Manhattan quality. It looks like Ssam Bar spent its money on decor rather than its ingredients/chefs and is only in a position to "Wow" Mid-Westerners.

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