Momofuku Ss������m Bar

★★★☆☆
  • 207 2nd Ave

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: 13th Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-254-3500

About Momofuku Ss������m Bar

Hours
lunch every day / 11:30 am – 3:30 pm dinner sun – thurs / 5 pm – midnight fri + sat / 5 pm – 1 am bar mon – thurs / 6pm-2 am fri + sat / 6pm-3 am sun / 3pm-midnight

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I don't know how their only getting 3 stars. Ssam bar has never let me down. 3 rules I live by:

1) get the steamed buns
2) go any time someone invites me
3) try at least one new ham every time

Enjoy!

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★★★★★

I don't know how their only getting 3 stars. Ssam bar has never let me down. 3 rules I live by:

1) get the steamed buns
2) go any time someone invites me
3) try at least one new ham every time

Enjoy!

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I took one bite from my dish and it tasted like burnt charcoal. I almost threw up after that but kept it in because I didn't want to make a scene. Keeping a low profile, I proceed to ask the waiter to doggie bag it. This was the worst

3
★★★★★

I took one bite from my dish and it tasted like burnt charcoal. I almost threw up after that but kept it in because I didn't want to make a scene. Keeping a low profile, I proceed to ask the waiter to doggie bag it. This was the worst

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If you have extra money and want to try some interesting flavors that you've never eaten before, give it a whirl. The buns are as good as advertised, as are the hams, the duck and the spicy pork sausage dish. The ducks necks are good, but

3
★★★★★

If you have extra money and want to try some interesting flavors that you've never eaten before, give it a whirl. The buns are as good as advertised, as are the hams, the duck and the spicy pork sausage dish. The ducks necks are good, but

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Our food was horrendous and all members of our party were ill that night. When we called the manager that night to let him know his exact words were "This isn't the upper east side. You get what you get."

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★☆☆☆☆

Our food was horrendous and all members of our party were ill that night. When we called the manager that night to let him know his exact words were "This isn't the upper east side. You get what you get."

Pros: good music

Cons: awful food, bad service

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My first inclination to try this place was all the buzz David Chang was getting from food writers as innovating new approaches to Asian foods. I've heard about the steamed pork buns and ordered it. It was delectably tiny and okay but nothing to rival the authentic ones in Chinatown which is bigger, tastes more rich but less the price. There were several interesting things on the menu - like the noodles with braised beef and the dessert was okay. The dark interior was indeed fabulous but spare to keep you focused on the food - but the price to pay can be much. Come if you want to check the great flavors and rethink how Asian food can be enjoyed - but you can get something else heartier and cheaper.

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★★☆☆☆

My first inclination to try this place was all the buzz David Chang was getting from food writers as innovating new approaches to Asian foods. I've heard about the steamed pork buns and ordered it. It was delectably tiny and okay but nothing to rival the authentic ones in Chinatown which is bigger, tastes more rich but less the price. There were several interesting things on the menu - like the noodles with braised beef and the dessert was okay. The dark interior was indeed fabulous but spare to keep you focused on the food - but the price to pay can be much. Come if you want to check the great flavors and rethink how Asian food can be enjoyed - but you can get something else heartier and cheaper.

Pros: Great flavors, chic minimalist interior

Cons: Expensive prices, Over-hyped

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David Chang's mini empire is well represented by the Ssam Bar. Not as casual as the noodle bar and nearly not as gastronomic/astronomic Momofuku Ko, the Ssam bar provides a lovely small plates menu, perfect for sharing with friends. If you manage to get 6-8 friends together though, opt for the Bo Ssam - an homage to pork well worth the 24 hour advance notice.

4
★★★★☆

David Chang's mini empire is well represented by the Ssam Bar. Not as casual as the noodle bar and nearly not as gastronomic/astronomic Momofuku Ko, the Ssam bar provides a lovely small plates menu, perfect for sharing with friends. If you manage to get 6-8 friends together though, opt for the Bo Ssam - an homage to pork well worth the 24 hour advance notice.

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The hype has nothing to do with the reality of the dining experience here. If being fabulous and keeping up with "cutting edge cuisine" is your goal then this is your place. If another goal is telling everyone you know how wonderful it was to eat exotic ham all the way from Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia, then this is also your place. If you actually want to eat some food, I wouldn't recommend it. The menu is utterly confusing, the place was filthy and the "laissez faire" attitude of the inappropriately attired wait staff was just too cool for me. I have eaten ham and steamed buns and "oh, so exotic" beef brisket in my life, and nothing here was so out of the ordinary that it warranted the miniature servings for ridiculous prices. Yes, it is NY and food is expensive, but if I pay over $20 for a bowl with five noodles and a Lilliputian chunk of beef brisket, it better be as good as the ham I might get at a roadside bar-b-que in Tennessee or Kentucky. (Yes, the pigs there do play the banjo.) Is the irony of this whole endeavor evident yet? (And I don't mean the good kind of irony.)

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★☆☆☆☆

The hype has nothing to do with the reality of the dining experience here. If being fabulous and keeping up with "cutting edge cuisine" is your goal then this is your place. If another goal is telling everyone you know how wonderful it was to eat exotic ham all the way from Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia, then this is also your place. If you actually want to eat some food, I wouldn't recommend it. The menu is utterly confusing, the place was filthy and the "laissez faire" attitude of the inappropriately attired wait staff was just too cool for me. I have eaten ham and steamed buns and "oh, so exotic" beef brisket in my life, and nothing here was so out of the ordinary that it warranted the miniature servings for ridiculous prices. Yes, it is NY and food is expensive, but if I pay over $20 for a bowl with five noodles and a Lilliputian chunk of beef brisket, it better be as good as the ham I might get at a roadside bar-b-que in Tennessee or Kentucky. (Yes, the pigs there do play the banjo.) Is the irony of this whole endeavor evident yet? (And I don't mean the good kind of irony.)

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As I looked through the menu and tasted the cured hamachi on top of an edamame and wasabi paste, the fried brussel sprouts in a fish sauce, the pig's head prepared like a crab cake on top of collard greens and aduzuki beans, and the pork shoulder with a ramp ranch dressing, which all went together incredibly well, I said to my wife, "how do they think of these things?" And her apt response was, "I guess that's why the chef won a James Beard award." Everything we tried had truly great flavors. We sat at the bar, and the bartender/waiter was great. Definitely take all their recommendations, including the wine and sake suggestions. And definitely have the pork bun...juicy (although fatty) pork and the freshest, fluffiest bun you'll get anywhere.

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★★★★★

As I looked through the menu and tasted the cured hamachi on top of an edamame and wasabi paste, the fried brussel sprouts in a fish sauce, the pig's head prepared like a crab cake on top of collard greens and aduzuki beans, and the pork shoulder with a ramp ranch dressing, which all went together incredibly well, I said to my wife, "how do they think of these things?" And her apt response was, "I guess that's why the chef won a James Beard award." Everything we tried had truly great flavors. We sat at the bar, and the bartender/waiter was great. Definitely take all their recommendations, including the wine and sake suggestions. And definitely have the pork bun...juicy (although fatty) pork and the freshest, fluffiest bun you'll get anywhere.

Pros: Great flavors, unique combinations

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AMAZING!!!! Loved every bite of my lunch. Friendly staff, prices right and I'm a foodie!!! Must try the dumplings... fluffy bites of heaven!!

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★★★★★

AMAZING!!!! Loved every bite of my lunch. Friendly staff, prices right and I'm a foodie!!! Must try the dumplings... fluffy bites of heaven!!

Pros: AMAZING!!!! Loved every bite of my lunch. Friendly staff, prices right and I'm a foodie!!!

Cons: On the small side... I imagine it gets crowded at night.

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Momofuku seems to have bet all its cards on trendiness and regrettably they appear not to care at all about those vital factors that are decisive when it comes to turning an "eatery" into a "great restaurant" where patrons can't wait to return. The food is overly salted, unimpressive and unreasonably priced. The service is terribly unprofessional and overbearing, the ambiance is below average. [There should be line breaks here but citysearch make each posting a big blob of text!]
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★☆☆☆☆

Momofuku seems to have bet all its cards on trendiness and regrettably they appear not to care at all about those vital factors that are decisive when it comes to turning an "eatery" into a "great restaurant" where patrons can't wait to return. The food is overly salted, unimpressive and unreasonably priced. The service is terribly unprofessional and overbearing, the ambiance is below average. [There should be line breaks here but citysearch make each posting a big blob of text!]
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Pros: None I can think of... Maybe the location?

Cons: Food and Service leave a lot to be desired. Ambience is just average

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Starting with the very uncomfortable seating, then moving to the over-salted ham, then having the waitress dismiss your opinion of the salt level, and finally having being topped off by the entree of bronzini which was literally a half of a small fish. By comparison, if you go to Ethos in NYC, you'll get a full grilled bronzini for the same price (I know, it's not Asian Fusion, but we're talking bang-for-the-buck here). Very disappointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Starting with the very uncomfortable seating, then moving to the over-salted ham, then having the waitress dismiss your opinion of the salt level, and finally having being topped off by the entree of bronzini which was literally a half of a small fish. By comparison, if you go to Ethos in NYC, you'll get a full grilled bronzini for the same price (I know, it's not Asian Fusion, but we're talking bang-for-the-buck here). Very disappointing.

Pros: none

Cons: Overpriced, pretentious

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Ssam Bar is pricey but it is very clear from each dish I sampled that they use the highest quality ingredients available. The hamachi appetizer was ultra fresh and silky and melted in my mouth. The chawan mushi was amazingly authentic in smell and taste, it reminded me of my childhood. The spicy pork sausage with rice cake was asian comfort food at it's best. A very good sake and soju list is featured which goes perfectly with the diverse Asian flavors featured throughout the menu. I have read some knocks on the service at Ssam bar but my experience was nothing but spectacular. I sat at the bar and it seemed as though I had a team of servers, not just one, I was never left waiting. The music is loud but I found this energizing and it also goes with the owner's personality I think.

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★★★★☆

Ssam Bar is pricey but it is very clear from each dish I sampled that they use the highest quality ingredients available. The hamachi appetizer was ultra fresh and silky and melted in my mouth. The chawan mushi was amazingly authentic in smell and taste, it reminded me of my childhood. The spicy pork sausage with rice cake was asian comfort food at it's best. A very good sake and soju list is featured which goes perfectly with the diverse Asian flavors featured throughout the menu. I have read some knocks on the service at Ssam bar but my experience was nothing but spectacular. I sat at the bar and it seemed as though I had a team of servers, not just one, I was never left waiting. The music is loud but I found this energizing and it also goes with the owner's personality I think.

Pros: Chawan Mushi, Spicy Pork Sausage, Hamachi appetizer

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This restaurant is not vegetarian-friendly. I went on a Saturday night (after waiting 1.5 hours), and although the online menu had a few vegetarian options, when I finally sat down and looked at the menu there were no vegetarian options, except for bread and butter. I ordered the bread and butter and paid $10 for it. Obviously, I left hungry. In addition, the back of the menu says "absolutely NO substitutions" and "This is not a vegetarian friendly restaurant." I actually found that to be a little insulting and it was clear that I was not welcome there. To top it off, the employees were very snotty, with an attitude that I should be thankful for being in their restaurant. This place is overrated....I would rather go to a tiny, unknown, unpretentious restaurant to enjoy great food.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is not vegetarian-friendly. I went on a Saturday night (after waiting 1.5 hours), and although the online menu had a few vegetarian options, when I finally sat down and looked at the menu there were no vegetarian options, except for bread and butter. I ordered the bread and butter and paid $10 for it. Obviously, I left hungry. In addition, the back of the menu says "absolutely NO substitutions" and "This is not a vegetarian friendly restaurant." I actually found that to be a little insulting and it was clear that I was not welcome there. To top it off, the employees were very snotty, with an attitude that I should be thankful for being in their restaurant. This place is overrated....I would rather go to a tiny, unknown, unpretentious restaurant to enjoy great food.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: snotty waitstaff, no vegetarian options

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I went to dinner at Momofuku this past weekend. I waited an hour and a half with my party to be seated and when we finally were, I noticed that although there were a few vegetarian dishes on the online menu, the only thing I could order from that night's menu (being vegetarian) was bread and butter. I noticed only after we were seated that the menu states there are no substitutions or subtractions from any dish listed. Since I waited an hour and a half, and was with five other people, I decided to stay, but could only order bread and butter. I was charged $10 for this. On top of this, the staff was not friendly and seemed rather uptight, even for a so-called "trendy" restaurant (and we all know there are a dime a dozen self-proclaimed "trendy" restaurants in NYC.) You know what would be really cool and trendy? Having good food that caters to everyone, having vegetarian meals at the restaurant (not just the online menu), and having a wait-staff that treats its customers with respect. This place is all hype with nothing living up to it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to dinner at Momofuku this past weekend. I waited an hour and a half with my party to be seated and when we finally were, I noticed that although there were a few vegetarian dishes on the online menu, the only thing I could order from that night's menu (being vegetarian) was bread and butter. I noticed only after we were seated that the menu states there are no substitutions or subtractions from any dish listed. Since I waited an hour and a half, and was with five other people, I decided to stay, but could only order bread and butter. I was charged $10 for this. On top of this, the staff was not friendly and seemed rather uptight, even for a so-called "trendy" restaurant (and we all know there are a dime a dozen self-proclaimed "trendy" restaurants in NYC.) You know what would be really cool and trendy? Having good food that caters to everyone, having vegetarian meals at the restaurant (not just the online menu), and having a wait-staff that treats its customers with respect. This place is all hype with nothing living up to it.

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This restaurant has a minimalist ambiance, but don't let that fool you - the exotic & inventive dishes are delicious here. This is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. Try the lightly carbonated Nigori sake and the sweetbreads. Yum!

I had a great experience with the service and don't understand these other reviews. Apparently hundreds of other people feel the same way because there are always crowds of people waiting outside for a seat, even in the dead of winter! The service was really good to me & my date the last time I was there and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I highly recommend this place.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has a minimalist ambiance, but don't let that fool you - the exotic & inventive dishes are delicious here. This is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. Try the lightly carbonated Nigori sake and the sweetbreads. Yum!

I had a great experience with the service and don't understand these other reviews. Apparently hundreds of other people feel the same way because there are always crowds of people waiting outside for a seat, even in the dead of winter! The service was really good to me & my date the last time I was there and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I highly recommend this place.

Pros: delicious and exotic food, great drinks

Cons: crowded, potential long wait for table

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Momofuku (any restaurants of that chain) = arrogant, ill-mannered, horribly rude service. That particular server I encountered had NO "HOME EDUCATION" or any education at all. (well, maybe they are well-trained by the equally arrogant ill-mannered chef....).

I understand that famous restaurants with great food tend to have grumpy servers. But, really, there is no food so good that I cannot get from other decent elegant places without that arrogant S from momofuku. The food at momofuku is not that good anyway. I dont mind waiting for a long time for a table. I dont mind paying more for good food. I wont be so resentful if my food is bad but service excellent. I've paid more of bad/average food without being so upset. I've experienced bad service, but the service at Momofuku was SO HORRIBLE that I would never ever go back to any of his restaurants. This is one pretentious restaurant with cocky servers who think they are the kings and queens of the world. How they managed to create so many resentful customers (see reviews below, you'll see), I dont know.

At his restaurants, it is all about marketing. And marketing is, a lot of times, about lying and packaging. I've read so many reviews of resentful customers from his place.... funny how many more still get tricked into this place. It is just disgusting. What a scam...

With over half of the user reviews at 1 or 2 stars, how they get overall 4.5 stars here in citysearch (see above) I Dont know!

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★☆☆☆☆

Momofuku (any restaurants of that chain) = arrogant, ill-mannered, horribly rude service. That particular server I encountered had NO "HOME EDUCATION" or any education at all. (well, maybe they are well-trained by the equally arrogant ill-mannered chef....).

I understand that famous restaurants with great food tend to have grumpy servers. But, really, there is no food so good that I cannot get from other decent elegant places without that arrogant S from momofuku. The food at momofuku is not that good anyway. I dont mind waiting for a long time for a table. I dont mind paying more for good food. I wont be so resentful if my food is bad but service excellent. I've paid more of bad/average food without being so upset. I've experienced bad service, but the service at Momofuku was SO HORRIBLE that I would never ever go back to any of his restaurants. This is one pretentious restaurant with cocky servers who think they are the kings and queens of the world. How they managed to create so many resentful customers (see reviews below, you'll see), I dont know.

At his restaurants, it is all about marketing. And marketing is, a lot of times, about lying and packaging. I've read so many reviews of resentful customers from his place.... funny how many more still get tricked into this place. It is just disgusting. What a scam...

With over half of the user reviews at 1 or 2 stars, how they get overall 4.5 stars here in citysearch (see above) I Dont know!

Pros: marketing

Cons: horrible service, bad food, cocky servers, lineup, everything.

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As a resident of the East Village, I've been a fan of the Momofuku since the original location. The service has always been on the side of spacey, but recently at Momofuku Ssam the service is just plain ridiculous or non-existant. Waiters never come by your table, no one is at the door to seat you or take a name. I like the food, but it ain't worth enduring that. I mean I would literally prefer it if they got rid of the "waiters" completely and let you order and pick up your food Shake Shack style. That way when I want a beer I can just go get one rather that wait on a waiter who's never coming.

Momofuku Ssam has jumped the shark. I won't remain popular with service like that. Because of this, I wouldn't really recommend this place. Unless perhaps they rid the place of their wait staff.

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★★☆☆☆

As a resident of the East Village, I've been a fan of the Momofuku since the original location. The service has always been on the side of spacey, but recently at Momofuku Ssam the service is just plain ridiculous or non-existant. Waiters never come by your table, no one is at the door to seat you or take a name. I like the food, but it ain't worth enduring that. I mean I would literally prefer it if they got rid of the "waiters" completely and let you order and pick up your food Shake Shack style. That way when I want a beer I can just go get one rather that wait on a waiter who's never coming.

Momofuku Ssam has jumped the shark. I won't remain popular with service like that. Because of this, I wouldn't really recommend this place. Unless perhaps they rid the place of their wait staff.

Pros: Food seems to be keeping up to high standard

Cons: Service is so poor these days, I wouldn't recommend it anymore.

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I have to say I was not impressed with the place when we first arrived. I knew the decor was going to be simplistic, but I was still under impressed. That being said, the vibe got increasing better as the night went on and the place was much more welcoming when it was busy. My friend cannot eat ANY dairy so we asked the waiter what she could and could not eat. He guessed at everything we asked. When we asked another waiter he had totally different answers, which was not cool since she it wasn't about her being picky, she actually would have gotten ill. It was hard to make out who our waiter was. One minute there would be three people ready to help, the next no one was to be found. We tried a bunch of different things and the only dish that really stood out was the sausage entree. I'm glad I tried it because I had wanted to for a long time. I'm a huge fun of Momofuku Noodle Bar. But there are much better places to spend your $$$.

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★★☆☆☆

I have to say I was not impressed with the place when we first arrived. I knew the decor was going to be simplistic, but I was still under impressed. That being said, the vibe got increasing better as the night went on and the place was much more welcoming when it was busy. My friend cannot eat ANY dairy so we asked the waiter what she could and could not eat. He guessed at everything we asked. When we asked another waiter he had totally different answers, which was not cool since she it wasn't about her being picky, she actually would have gotten ill. It was hard to make out who our waiter was. One minute there would be three people ready to help, the next no one was to be found. We tried a bunch of different things and the only dish that really stood out was the sausage entree. I'm glad I tried it because I had wanted to for a long time. I'm a huge fun of Momofuku Noodle Bar. But there are much better places to spend your $$$.

Pros: Something different

Cons: Almost everything

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the hostesses at both the noodle bar and saam bar were rude -- they talked and acted like they get so much business that they don't care if they treat you as human. The food was not even authentic and seats uncomfortable. There are so many authentic and hype japanese/korean restaurants in the area, why wait for an hour for food and service that don't live up to its name?

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★☆☆☆☆

the hostesses at both the noodle bar and saam bar were rude -- they talked and acted like they get so much business that they don't care if they treat you as human. The food was not even authentic and seats uncomfortable. There are so many authentic and hype japanese/korean restaurants in the area, why wait for an hour for food and service that don't live up to its name?

Pros: none

Cons: food and service

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Fat Bert, where are you? I know you're in the bathroom combing your faux-hawk. After all, it is a new year: 2002. I'm having drinks and overpriced pork buns, which taste like the 39 cents it took to make. Only to realize my check has already arrived in front of me at the bar. Ambition-less waitress in dead end job apologizes but claims to have asked us if we were finished. Complete lie. Fat man in yellow Bert (yes, I mean Bert from Bert and Ernie) t-shirt mocks me as I am speaking to the brainless waitress, as he is .. what is the restaurant lingo.. doing "side-work". Not only that, he flails around, faux-hawk in place (thank god for rite-aid hairspray!), telling his co-workers the situation at hand. "Fat Bert," I say, "Please continue to speak about me with your coworkers!" He nods, showing several chins. Guess somebody didn't follow their new year's resolution. If you cannot already tell, Mothrfker Ssam Bar sux. The waitstaff is wow. I mean, I guess if I was Bert, I would look forward to leaving my Queens apartment every afternoon at 3 pm to get to Ssam Bar to work and that I would definitely need some sort of excitement. Afterall, if I'm an unattractive and chubby male who has no goals or hobbies or even talents, I would also only have customers to talk about (while they're sitting in front of m e). Now, Bert, how do you sleep at night? Mainly I ask because your faux-hawk really took effort, and well, I wouldn't want to see it destroyed. All that effort to look so tasteless. And then you put on that shirt. Isn't it Ernie that you should be wearing?

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★☆☆☆☆

Fat Bert, where are you? I know you're in the bathroom combing your faux-hawk. After all, it is a new year: 2002. I'm having drinks and overpriced pork buns, which taste like the 39 cents it took to make. Only to realize my check has already arrived in front of me at the bar. Ambition-less waitress in dead end job apologizes but claims to have asked us if we were finished. Complete lie. Fat man in yellow Bert (yes, I mean Bert from Bert and Ernie) t-shirt mocks me as I am speaking to the brainless waitress, as he is .. what is the restaurant lingo.. doing "side-work". Not only that, he flails around, faux-hawk in place (thank god for rite-aid hairspray!), telling his co-workers the situation at hand. "Fat Bert," I say, "Please continue to speak about me with your coworkers!" He nods, showing several chins. Guess somebody didn't follow their new year's resolution. If you cannot already tell, Mothrfker Ssam Bar sux. The waitstaff is wow. I mean, I guess if I was Bert, I would look forward to leaving my Queens apartment every afternoon at 3 pm to get to Ssam Bar to work and that I would definitely need some sort of excitement. Afterall, if I'm an unattractive and chubby male who has no goals or hobbies or even talents, I would also only have customers to talk about (while they're sitting in front of m e). Now, Bert, how do you sleep at night? Mainly I ask because your faux-hawk really took effort, and well, I wouldn't want to see it destroyed. All that effort to look so tasteless. And then you put on that shirt. Isn't it Ernie that you should be wearing?

Pros: Writing this

Cons: Service, Food, Fat Bert, Tastelessness of it ALL

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Occasionally, the frenetic New York restaurant scene that I know and love leaves me totally vexed. Like when marginal restaurants like Momofuku are labeled as "noteworthy" and "exceptional" -- are things in New York really THAT bad that a place like Momofuku could be considered even remotely remarkable?!?!? When you first walk into Momofuku, it looks more like an average over-crowded bar than a trendy restaurant. This feeling is further confirmed when, after waiting about 2-3x longer than the hostess had indicated, you will be squeezed into a communal table with several other strangers, and with barely enough room to move your knees or elbows. Then, the relentlessly rude wait-staff will hound you incessantly for your order, so they can churn you through the place as quickly as possible.

Momofuku is TOTALLY lacking even the most basic service standards. Further, the menu is overpriced, esoteric, and over-rated. Ultimately, the restaurant is all attitude and no substance - it truly gives the New York restaurant scene a bad name.

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★☆☆☆☆

Occasionally, the frenetic New York restaurant scene that I know and love leaves me totally vexed. Like when marginal restaurants like Momofuku are labeled as "noteworthy" and "exceptional" -- are things in New York really THAT bad that a place like Momofuku could be considered even remotely remarkable?!?!? When you first walk into Momofuku, it looks more like an average over-crowded bar than a trendy restaurant. This feeling is further confirmed when, after waiting about 2-3x longer than the hostess had indicated, you will be squeezed into a communal table with several other strangers, and with barely enough room to move your knees or elbows. Then, the relentlessly rude wait-staff will hound you incessantly for your order, so they can churn you through the place as quickly as possible.

Momofuku is TOTALLY lacking even the most basic service standards. Further, the menu is overpriced, esoteric, and over-rated. Ultimately, the restaurant is all attitude and no substance - it truly gives the New York restaurant scene a bad name.

Pros: unusual food (albeit mediocre and overpriced)

Cons: Service, Scene, Price

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Momofuku Ssam is easily the most over-rated restaurant in NYC. Unless you want to be treated like cattle, GO ELSEWHERE. Literally, go anywhere else is Manhattan. The management doesn't know the first thing about running a restaurant -- they push their customers around and are down-right RUDE and obnoxious, as if it is our true privilege to be eating in their sorry restaurant. Clearly they don't realize that THIS IS NEW YORK, and there are about a million better establishments to choose from. The only reason people are even going to this place is because of whatever press buzz Momofuku managed to buy for themselves -- DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. You will end up frustrated by the experience, and unimpressed by the food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Momofuku Ssam is easily the most over-rated restaurant in NYC. Unless you want to be treated like cattle, GO ELSEWHERE. Literally, go anywhere else is Manhattan. The management doesn't know the first thing about running a restaurant -- they push their customers around and are down-right RUDE and obnoxious, as if it is our true privilege to be eating in their sorry restaurant. Clearly they don't realize that THIS IS NEW YORK, and there are about a million better establishments to choose from. The only reason people are even going to this place is because of whatever press buzz Momofuku managed to buy for themselves -- DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. You will end up frustrated by the experience, and unimpressed by the food.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude hostess, arbitrary wait times, terrible service, over-rated menu

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the hostess was unbelievably rude even for nyc standards. the food is good but not worth the unflated prices, rude service, long waits, and overcrowded. you can't enjoy your dining experience if it starts off with a rude hostess and when you have to get up from your seat 5 times to let the servers to the other tables. you get so little for what you pay. there are SO many other nyc joints that are so much tastier and have good service. this place is all hype and just NOT WORTH IT. spend your money and time elsewhere and have a better time. if you go to you'll leave upset at the service and how much you paid for so little and not so great food. SERIOUSLY, GO ELSEWHERE. i called momofuku just now to tell the manager about the hostess and asked for the name of the hostess who was working and she pretended not to know her own name even though i recognized it was the same rude hostess. i asked for the manager and was put on hold for a long time and when the "manager" picked up he pretended not to be able to hear me on the phone. MOMOFUKU IS NOT WORTH IT. there are so many other superior places in nyc to go to. don't waste your time or money at momofuku.

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★☆☆☆☆

the hostess was unbelievably rude even for nyc standards. the food is good but not worth the unflated prices, rude service, long waits, and overcrowded. you can't enjoy your dining experience if it starts off with a rude hostess and when you have to get up from your seat 5 times to let the servers to the other tables. you get so little for what you pay. there are SO many other nyc joints that are so much tastier and have good service. this place is all hype and just NOT WORTH IT. spend your money and time elsewhere and have a better time. if you go to you'll leave upset at the service and how much you paid for so little and not so great food. SERIOUSLY, GO ELSEWHERE. i called momofuku just now to tell the manager about the hostess and asked for the name of the hostess who was working and she pretended not to know her own name even though i recognized it was the same rude hostess. i asked for the manager and was put on hold for a long time and when the "manager" picked up he pretended not to be able to hear me on the phone. MOMOFUKU IS NOT WORTH IT. there are so many other superior places in nyc to go to. don't waste your time or money at momofuku.

Cons: rude hostess, bad service, overcrowdedness, inflated prices, small portions

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I've been to Momofuku Ssam Bar and Noodle Bar multiple times and have always been happy with my dining experiences. The food has always been fresh and very innovative, and both have a fun ambience great for dates or small groups. There is always a wait if you go during prime dinner hours, but it's well worth the wait!

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★★★★☆

I've been to Momofuku Ssam Bar and Noodle Bar multiple times and have always been happy with my dining experiences. The food has always been fresh and very innovative, and both have a fun ambience great for dates or small groups. There is always a wait if you go during prime dinner hours, but it's well worth the wait!

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After waiting over an hour to be seated when the hostess insisted "30-40 minutes" when we walked in and then stuck in cramped waiting space by the kitchen which was loud and smelly-- but the selection of quality beers and wine was a plus.. we were seated along the bar-table. The pork sticky-buns were good but nothing spectacular (the pork is very fatty and a bit undercooked).. we ordered for mains the fried skate and the Momofuku Ssam.. the skate was very plain with nothing else really on the plate except for a piece of fish which was average and a little dry. The Ssam was pretty good but certainly didn't live up to the hype and was very pricey considering what it is.
Overall, not worth the hype the wait or the price.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting over an hour to be seated when the hostess insisted "30-40 minutes" when we walked in and then stuck in cramped waiting space by the kitchen which was loud and smelly-- but the selection of quality beers and wine was a plus.. we were seated along the bar-table. The pork sticky-buns were good but nothing spectacular (the pork is very fatty and a bit undercooked).. we ordered for mains the fried skate and the Momofuku Ssam.. the skate was very plain with nothing else really on the plate except for a piece of fish which was average and a little dry. The Ssam was pretty good but certainly didn't live up to the hype and was very pricey considering what it is.
Overall, not worth the hype the wait or the price.

Pros: has a good vibe/crowd

Cons: pricey, long wait to be seated, very rude and non-accomodating staff, the food is so-so

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Honestly I cannot say this was good food. I think it is more of the hype and PR that causes it to be so popular/crowded. Food was okay, overpriced, drinks are expensive (hitachino was 10?), I don't know.. there are so many better places to go to for the $ nearby like soba-ya, kanoyama, st. marks, etc. I realize it's a different genre of food but I'm not sure what Ssam bar is trying to accomplish? The other day they served me something that tasted like bubble tea (whipped tofu?) mixed with uni. I don't know, I think the chef may be "too creative" for his own good. No offense.

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★★☆☆☆

Honestly I cannot say this was good food. I think it is more of the hype and PR that causes it to be so popular/crowded. Food was okay, overpriced, drinks are expensive (hitachino was 10?), I don't know.. there are so many better places to go to for the $ nearby like soba-ya, kanoyama, st. marks, etc. I realize it's a different genre of food but I'm not sure what Ssam bar is trying to accomplish? The other day they served me something that tasted like bubble tea (whipped tofu?) mixed with uni. I don't know, I think the chef may be "too creative" for his own good. No offense.

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Before this place was reviewed by the NY times, I had already been there acouple times and still the quality of the food is incredible. It gets hectic during some nights and the waits can scare away people but, patience really pays off. I visit many restaurants in this city and I think compared to a 3 or four star restaurant, the service is attentive and super friendly. NO fuss about how and where to pour, place a fork yaddy yadda, it's the food and the flavors that will keep you coming back. Besides: you can observe the chef from any seat and my-oh-my who would not like to enjoy food that has been prepared by that hottie!

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★★★★★

Before this place was reviewed by the NY times, I had already been there acouple times and still the quality of the food is incredible. It gets hectic during some nights and the waits can scare away people but, patience really pays off. I visit many restaurants in this city and I think compared to a 3 or four star restaurant, the service is attentive and super friendly. NO fuss about how and where to pour, place a fork yaddy yadda, it's the food and the flavors that will keep you coming back. Besides: you can observe the chef from any seat and my-oh-my who would not like to enjoy food that has been prepared by that hottie!

Pros: ALL the food, laidback service

Cons: the music is so loud!!

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SSAM BAR . But after trying it out tonight, I was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely NOT recommend this restaurant. For such a simple menu (only two different types of ssam and the well-known momufuku buns), you would bet that they would be tasty and worth the unreasonable price. Unfortunately, the restaurant is simply hype serving a terrible rendition of the korean ssam. no desserts, take out food, rude. For those of you going back to SSAM BAR after the first visit, it's a shame you haven't been able to indulge in the REAL tasty korean ssams. SSAM BAR puts Korean ssams to shame. Save your time, tastebuds, and money and go eat at CHIPOTLE instead!

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★☆☆☆☆

SSAM BAR . But after trying it out tonight, I was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely NOT recommend this restaurant. For such a simple menu (only two different types of ssam and the well-known momufuku buns), you would bet that they would be tasty and worth the unreasonable price. Unfortunately, the restaurant is simply hype serving a terrible rendition of the korean ssam. no desserts, take out food, rude. For those of you going back to SSAM BAR after the first visit, it's a shame you haven't been able to indulge in the REAL tasty korean ssams. SSAM BAR puts Korean ssams to shame. Save your time, tastebuds, and money and go eat at CHIPOTLE instead!

Pros: NOT RECOMMENTS

Cons: NO DESSERTS< TAKE OUT FOOD

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Incredible pork buns, glistening caviar on smooth custard, tart shrimp heads-n-all, finger-lickin' ribs. melt-in-your-mouth portions of pork wrapped in lettuce, chased down with sake, and topped out with succulent mochi - a weekend dinner at momofuku can't be beat! We have been there twice and the wait has been manageable - they will even serve you drinks and food while you wait - so there's none of that slighty crazy-with-hunger mood hanging over the area where you wait. Everyone - diners and staff - seem mellow, friendly and out to enjoy themselves. Service is quick and the food is great with portions made for sharing. The most fun is to be had eating at the looooong bar, but the tables provide a different, intimate experience.
Prices can be a bit high...

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★★★★☆

Incredible pork buns, glistening caviar on smooth custard, tart shrimp heads-n-all, finger-lickin' ribs. melt-in-your-mouth portions of pork wrapped in lettuce, chased down with sake, and topped out with succulent mochi - a weekend dinner at momofuku can't be beat! We have been there twice and the wait has been manageable - they will even serve you drinks and food while you wait - so there's none of that slighty crazy-with-hunger mood hanging over the area where you wait. Everyone - diners and staff - seem mellow, friendly and out to enjoy themselves. Service is quick and the food is great with portions made for sharing. The most fun is to be had eating at the looooong bar, but the tables provide a different, intimate experience.
Prices can be a bit high...

Pros: pork buns, the rest of the menu, staff, vibe

Cons: expensive

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I've been there a couple times (once out of curiosity since I live close by and have heard the hype; the other when a friend asked to be taken there) and can't speak of anything except the ssam (Korean burrito with pork) and the pork buns. I guess different people have different tastes, but I was disappointed ... the pork was flat, the kimchee puree was laughably unspicy, and all the other mostly cold extras made the ssam soggy. The thing cost $9 but just wasn't satisfying at all. Perhaps others can overlook the actual quality of the food at the expense of being at a "hip and trendy" East Village fusion spot (just look at the clientele during the evenings), but c'mon, the ssams themselves aren't very good. Mediocre, at best. The pork buns are OK but nothing to write home about either.

The first time around I went with a Korean-American foodie who was excited at the prospects of eating at a Korean "taqueria" ... he was amazed how flat and unappetizing everything tasted. The second time, I went with a couple friends who possess quite extensive "palates" ... they liked the vibe of the place but didn't feel the ssams were anything special. Maybe the dinner menu incorporates more TLC than the "day" food.

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★★★☆☆

I've been there a couple times (once out of curiosity since I live close by and have heard the hype; the other when a friend asked to be taken there) and can't speak of anything except the ssam (Korean burrito with pork) and the pork buns. I guess different people have different tastes, but I was disappointed ... the pork was flat, the kimchee puree was laughably unspicy, and all the other mostly cold extras made the ssam soggy. The thing cost $9 but just wasn't satisfying at all. Perhaps others can overlook the actual quality of the food at the expense of being at a "hip and trendy" East Village fusion spot (just look at the clientele during the evenings), but c'mon, the ssams themselves aren't very good. Mediocre, at best. The pork buns are OK but nothing to write home about either.

The first time around I went with a Korean-American foodie who was excited at the prospects of eating at a Korean "taqueria" ... he was amazed how flat and unappetizing everything tasted. The second time, I went with a couple friends who possess quite extensive "palates" ... they liked the vibe of the place but didn't feel the ssams were anything special. Maybe the dinner menu incorporates more TLC than the "day" food.

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i'm usually very against korean/very east asian food. the different spices/flavors/ingredients are not of my liking. but the food here was so good! it was such a "wierd" combination of flavors (apples and bacon salad). but somehow it all worked! my friend and i split 3 different things. everything was better than the previous. our server was super nice. although we did have to wait a decent amount of time especially for a weekday, the food came out decently quickly. the portions were perfect. i left fully satiated. and our bill was totally decent, for such a trendy place. great experience...great food...highly recommend!

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★★★★★

i'm usually very against korean/very east asian food. the different spices/flavors/ingredients are not of my liking. but the food here was so good! it was such a "wierd" combination of flavors (apples and bacon salad). but somehow it all worked! my friend and i split 3 different things. everything was better than the previous. our server was super nice. although we did have to wait a decent amount of time especially for a weekday, the food came out decently quickly. the portions were perfect. i left fully satiated. and our bill was totally decent, for such a trendy place. great experience...great food...highly recommend!

Pros: great food, "decent" prices

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you have to try momofuku ssam for the dinner menu. the ssams at lunch are tasty, but the dinner is really where its at. the only problem is that it is ALWAYS packed (even midweek) - so it helps to get there early, or expect to wait at least 30 minutes. the brussel sprouts are amazing, as were the rice cakes with pork. i also really enjoyed the calamari salad. the momofuku ssam is a nice lunch as well with berkshire pork, edamame, kimchee, etc. super tasty.

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★★★★★

you have to try momofuku ssam for the dinner menu. the ssams at lunch are tasty, but the dinner is really where its at. the only problem is that it is ALWAYS packed (even midweek) - so it helps to get there early, or expect to wait at least 30 minutes. the brussel sprouts are amazing, as were the rice cakes with pork. i also really enjoyed the calamari salad. the momofuku ssam is a nice lunch as well with berkshire pork, edamame, kimchee, etc. super tasty.

Pros: great food

Cons: long waits

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I'm a big fan of the food at Momofuku and was really looking forward to Ssam bar. The ambience is definitely a huge improvement although I'm not in favor of bar stools. I was disappointed by the wine list; they only had one red by the glass and 2 whites. As for the food, the famous Momofuku pork buns were delicious, as was the fried brussel sprouts in fish sauce. We tried the flank steak ssam (comes with lettuce leaves kimchi and a yummy green sauce for you to assemble), it was good but not exceptional. The server insisted we order the rice cakes.. BAD idea. They look and taste nothing like rice cakes and have an unpleasantly chewy consistency like really hard and flavorless gum. We finished the meal with the one dessert option, Hawaiian Mochi in 5 flavors-- all delicious, though I specially loved the Tiramisu. The meal came to about $70 per person with wine. The portions are small and we shared everything Tapas style (4 small dishes), so it did seem overpriced for similar styled restaurants. I would rather go to Degustation, or back to Momofuku for the pork buns the only really memorable part of the meal.

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★★★☆☆

I'm a big fan of the food at Momofuku and was really looking forward to Ssam bar. The ambience is definitely a huge improvement although I'm not in favor of bar stools. I was disappointed by the wine list; they only had one red by the glass and 2 whites. As for the food, the famous Momofuku pork buns were delicious, as was the fried brussel sprouts in fish sauce. We tried the flank steak ssam (comes with lettuce leaves kimchi and a yummy green sauce for you to assemble), it was good but not exceptional. The server insisted we order the rice cakes.. BAD idea. They look and taste nothing like rice cakes and have an unpleasantly chewy consistency like really hard and flavorless gum. We finished the meal with the one dessert option, Hawaiian Mochi in 5 flavors-- all delicious, though I specially loved the Tiramisu. The meal came to about $70 per person with wine. The portions are small and we shared everything Tapas style (4 small dishes), so it did seem overpriced for similar styled restaurants. I would rather go to Degustation, or back to Momofuku for the pork buns the only really memorable part of the meal.

Pros: Nice ambience, good pork buns

Cons: overpriced

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This place makes second avenue shine, the pork is tender and deliciously seasoned. The sticky rice is just right. And all the other ingredients that make the ssam come together- oh my! The black beans are particularly tasty!! Everything I have ever ordered here has been amazing. I love momofuku noodle bar, and would have a hard time deciding which one I like better. But I have to say, the rice platter is the best deal for a yummy lunch takeout. The staff are always very kind, which is especially nice for a place that is always so crowded.

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★★★★★

This place makes second avenue shine, the pork is tender and deliciously seasoned. The sticky rice is just right. And all the other ingredients that make the ssam come together- oh my! The black beans are particularly tasty!! Everything I have ever ordered here has been amazing. I love momofuku noodle bar, and would have a hard time deciding which one I like better. But I have to say, the rice platter is the best deal for a yummy lunch takeout. The staff are always very kind, which is especially nice for a place that is always so crowded.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Ssam is an offshoot of noodle bar. Haven't been to noodle bar but, can say that Ssam is great. I had the pork buns (which were recommneded by every food critic) and am happy to report that they were delicious. The rice cakes were too crunchy and slightly bland for my liking. The steak Ssam is excellent although the kitchen recommends it as medium rare (I had to get it cooked a little more) I had it done medium. The steam Ssam is excellent. I had the skate which was good but, I've had better. Of beers to try, OB is never a favorite of mine, However, the "owl mascoted" Japanese beer is quite good in the white ale. Overall, it's a great bar, restaurant place to eat at. However, those looking for a nice, luxurious 2 hour dinner in big comfy seats should go elsewhere. Those looking for great food in a bar-y vibe with good music should head to Ssam.

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★★★★★

Ssam is an offshoot of noodle bar. Haven't been to noodle bar but, can say that Ssam is great. I had the pork buns (which were recommneded by every food critic) and am happy to report that they were delicious. The rice cakes were too crunchy and slightly bland for my liking. The steak Ssam is excellent although the kitchen recommends it as medium rare (I had to get it cooked a little more) I had it done medium. The steam Ssam is excellent. I had the skate which was good but, I've had better. Of beers to try, OB is never a favorite of mine, However, the "owl mascoted" Japanese beer is quite good in the white ale. Overall, it's a great bar, restaurant place to eat at. However, those looking for a nice, luxurious 2 hour dinner in big comfy seats should go elsewhere. Those looking for great food in a bar-y vibe with good music should head to Ssam.

Pros: Excellent food, low prices

Cons: No reservations taken

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i went on a friday night, which was a BAD idea. the restaurant itself is very small and doesn't have a space where you can stand and wait. rather, you are left to breathe down the necks of the customers eating by the door. the wait wasn't insane considering, but it was uncomfortable to be pressed up against a garage door and other patrons. the service was mediocre at best, our food came out a little at a time. the menu is weird, not very well-developed either. overall, the food was delicious, but nothing too special or outstanding.

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★★★☆☆

i went on a friday night, which was a BAD idea. the restaurant itself is very small and doesn't have a space where you can stand and wait. rather, you are left to breathe down the necks of the customers eating by the door. the wait wasn't insane considering, but it was uncomfortable to be pressed up against a garage door and other patrons. the service was mediocre at best, our food came out a little at a time. the menu is weird, not very well-developed either. overall, the food was delicious, but nothing too special or outstanding.

Pros: food

Cons: the wait; small space; poor service; poor planning (menu & layout)

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Excellent wraps and the bay scallop appetizer was really good. Limited seating on the night I attended but great food and a pleasant atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Excellent wraps and the bay scallop appetizer was really good. Limited seating on the night I attended but great food and a pleasant atmosphere.

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I was very excited to learn that I would be heading out to Ssam bar when I met up with my restaurant co-workers last friday night. since I just recently moved to the city from the west coast, momofuku was one of the "got to go" places on recommondation of my friends...therefore I thought ssam bar would be great as well. There were maybe 15 of us that invaded the bar late night and we ordered the pork buns filled with pork belly, hoisin and cucumber. This was the first bite and I was a fan. the pork belly was so tender and fatty with such an intense pork flavor, and with the balance of hoisin and cucumber....excellent. we also shared the cured hamachi with horseradish, edamame and pea shoots. the horseradish somewhat over powered the gentle flavor of the hamachi. the pea leaves and edamame were a very nice accompaniment. I also got a taste of the brussel sprouts and bacon. they had wonderful caramelization and great bacon flavor. to finish it off we had the mochi tasting. i love the texture of mochi and they had some interesting flavors including cheesecake, lychee and chocolate. take the food and add sake with some friends and you'll have a good time. I would like to go back with just a few people and really get a chance to eat what Ssam bar has to offer. but from what I had, it was mighty tasty and I look forward to his next venture.

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★★★★☆

I was very excited to learn that I would be heading out to Ssam bar when I met up with my restaurant co-workers last friday night. since I just recently moved to the city from the west coast, momofuku was one of the "got to go" places on recommondation of my friends...therefore I thought ssam bar would be great as well. There were maybe 15 of us that invaded the bar late night and we ordered the pork buns filled with pork belly, hoisin and cucumber. This was the first bite and I was a fan. the pork belly was so tender and fatty with such an intense pork flavor, and with the balance of hoisin and cucumber....excellent. we also shared the cured hamachi with horseradish, edamame and pea shoots. the horseradish somewhat over powered the gentle flavor of the hamachi. the pea leaves and edamame were a very nice accompaniment. I also got a taste of the brussel sprouts and bacon. they had wonderful caramelization and great bacon flavor. to finish it off we had the mochi tasting. i love the texture of mochi and they had some interesting flavors including cheesecake, lychee and chocolate. take the food and add sake with some friends and you'll have a good time. I would like to go back with just a few people and really get a chance to eat what Ssam bar has to offer. but from what I had, it was mighty tasty and I look forward to his next venture.

Pros: Tasty Food, Great Vibe, Fun, Open Kitchen

Cons: Too far from my apartment

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My boyfriend and I eat a LOT of barbecue (especially in the south), and a LOT of pork in general. This is some of the best pulled pork we've ever had, especially in NYC. Which also makes it one of the best burritos either one of us has ever had...especially in NYC. I'd be open to some other options on the menu, but until then, this definitely hits the spot.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I eat a LOT of barbecue (especially in the south), and a LOT of pork in general. This is some of the best pulled pork we've ever had, especially in NYC. Which also makes it one of the best burritos either one of us has ever had...especially in NYC. I'd be open to some other options on the menu, but until then, this definitely hits the spot.

Pros: amazing pulled pork burritos - try the original

Cons: too much of a good thing? craving variety...

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The first time I went I had the Steamed Bun w/pork belly and it was so good I knew I would have to return for something different. So this time I had the Berkshire pork bibb lettuce ssam....and yes it was something different...and it was delicious. The food was flavored to perfection. The entire experience was very satisfying and was well worth the money. I will return because I love something different.

2
★★★★★

The first time I went I had the Steamed Bun w/pork belly and it was so good I knew I would have to return for something different. So this time I had the Berkshire pork bibb lettuce ssam....and yes it was something different...and it was delicious. The food was flavored to perfection. The entire experience was very satisfying and was well worth the money. I will return because I love something different.

Pros: Great flavor combinations, large portions for the money, great sake choices

Cons: Couldn't find one

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ive been to momofuku a couple of times and thought that it was pretty good. my friend heard about the relatively recent opening of ssam bar, so three of us went to try it out last night. unlike momofuku, ssam was pretty empty for 8pm.

the interior of the place is pretty similar to momofuku like momo, theres a lot of stool seating at the counter, but ssam also has some table seating as well. i guess that the counter also doubles as the bar in ssams namesake though i didnt see anyone behind the bar serving drinks, nor did i see any alcohol. im not even sure if its even supposed to be an alcohol bar.

the menu at ssam is very simple. there are 3 items on the menu flour pancakes ($9), bibb lettuce rice bowls ($13), and steamed buns ($8 for 2). for the pancake & the rice bowls, diners get to choose a filling of either berkshire pork, chicken, or tofu. the buns only come in pork or chicken. i chose the tofu flour pancake which they assembled in front of me (just like they do at chipotle). it was pretty much an asian burrito (a very big one) stuffed with rice, tofu, asian slaw, kimchee, edamame, & onions. i thought that it was overly salty (and i like salt), but wasnt bad overall. i also had a chicken steamed bun, which i found to be better than the burrito. the small bun was hot, moist, and soft and the chicken chunks in it were simmered tender.

the drink menu is similarly short. they only serve OB beer, as well as smart water, vitamin water, and regular & diet dr pepper. more drink options would have been nice.

in terms of service, there isnt much. diners order with burrito man, and you pay the cashier, then try to find a table. its more of a healthy fast food joint than a restaurant. overall, i thought that the place was pretty good. i was very full afterwards. i might come again if im in the area or ill go to chipotle.

2
★★★★☆

ive been to momofuku a couple of times and thought that it was pretty good. my friend heard about the relatively recent opening of ssam bar, so three of us went to try it out last night. unlike momofuku, ssam was pretty empty for 8pm.

the interior of the place is pretty similar to momofuku like momo, theres a lot of stool seating at the counter, but ssam also has some table seating as well. i guess that the counter also doubles as the bar in ssams namesake though i didnt see anyone behind the bar serving drinks, nor did i see any alcohol. im not even sure if its even supposed to be an alcohol bar.

the menu at ssam is very simple. there are 3 items on the menu flour pancakes ($9), bibb lettuce rice bowls ($13), and steamed buns ($8 for 2). for the pancake & the rice bowls, diners get to choose a filling of either berkshire pork, chicken, or tofu. the buns only come in pork or chicken. i chose the tofu flour pancake which they assembled in front of me (just like they do at chipotle). it was pretty much an asian burrito (a very big one) stuffed with rice, tofu, asian slaw, kimchee, edamame, & onions. i thought that it was overly salty (and i like salt), but wasnt bad overall. i also had a chicken steamed bun, which i found to be better than the burrito. the small bun was hot, moist, and soft and the chicken chunks in it were simmered tender.

the drink menu is similarly short. they only serve OB beer, as well as smart water, vitamin water, and regular & diet dr pepper. more drink options would have been nice.

in terms of service, there isnt much. diners order with burrito man, and you pay the cashier, then try to find a table. its more of a healthy fast food joint than a restaurant. overall, i thought that the place was pretty good. i was very full afterwards. i might come again if im in the area or ill go to chipotle.

Pros: steamed buns, reasonable prices, very filling food

Cons: overly salty tofu, very short drink menu

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I was eager to check out the new addition to the Momofuku lineup as I am a huge fan of the noodle house. This was such a disappointment! The modest menu would be fine if the food was good, however the pork was too salty and everything else was blah. The prices are also ridiculously high for what you get. Left food on my plate and went to a coffee shop for a little follow-up snack. A complete letdown!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was eager to check out the new addition to the Momofuku lineup as I am a huge fan of the noodle house. This was such a disappointment! The modest menu would be fine if the food was good, however the pork was too salty and everything else was blah. The prices are also ridiculously high for what you get. Left food on my plate and went to a coffee shop for a little follow-up snack. A complete letdown!

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Overpriced, bland food

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I am Korean and have been excitedly waiting for SSAM BAR to open. But after trying it out tonight, I was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely NOT recommend this restaurant.
For such a simple menu (only two different types of ssam and the well-known momufuku buns), you would bet that they would be tasty and worth the unreasonable price. Unfortunately, the restaurant is simply hype serving a terrible rendition of the korean ssam. For those of you going back to SSAM BAR after the first visit, it's a shame you haven't been able to indulge in the REAL tasty korean ssams. SSAM BAR puts Korean ssams to shame. Save your time, tastebuds, and money and go eat at CHIPOTLE instead!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am Korean and have been excitedly waiting for SSAM BAR to open. But after trying it out tonight, I was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely NOT recommend this restaurant.
For such a simple menu (only two different types of ssam and the well-known momufuku buns), you would bet that they would be tasty and worth the unreasonable price. Unfortunately, the restaurant is simply hype serving a terrible rendition of the korean ssam. For those of you going back to SSAM BAR after the first visit, it's a shame you haven't been able to indulge in the REAL tasty korean ssams. SSAM BAR puts Korean ssams to shame. Save your time, tastebuds, and money and go eat at CHIPOTLE instead!

Pros: Modern interior

Cons: Terrible quality of food, price definitely not worth your hard-earned $

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The tipping point in the David Chang empire, where he went from proselytizer of pork to full-fledged phenomenon, Momofuku Ssam Bar is a delight for foodies and the adventurous alike. With limited seating---most of the spots are at stools…

 

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