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Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 2nd Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-5797 (East Village)
212-254-3500
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Ranked #274 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Asian, Korean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Coming from Asia, I try to avoid Asian food when I visit New York. The pork buns and chicken buns were so filled with flavor, I will certainly make this place a MUST VISIT, each time I return. A long 45-60 min wait, but luckily there's a bar across the street and the hostess will call you when the table... More

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Brisbane
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

At the time we visited this place was considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world (often rated in Top 50). Due to the no booking policy we arrived when it opened at 5pm to ensure we got a table. It was very pleasant on arrival, with very attentive staff, until the place quickly became full and... More

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Fort Hood, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

David Chang, who does a star turn on Ricky Gervais' hilarious "We Are the Champions" Audi commercial, has performed a Miracle on 2nd Avenue! The Ssam Bar is discreet from the outside, easy to access, and muted but inviting inside. There is a long communal dining table, but this is great! (There are also individual and family-sized tables; there were... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Shared steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin sauce and cucumber, THE seafood hot pot, and shared concord grape sorbet have all been amazing, as well as the waiting staff. Thanks, I have honestly had a great evening!

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Lodi, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visit NY once or twice a year, but this is the first time I've been here. I'm upset I have missed out all those years. Food and service are wonderful; just a really relaxed atmosphere and I look forward to my next visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Maybe this place is overhyped? We visited with our two teenage daughters and while I have to agree that the flavors are outstanding, the portions are very small. Not only the food, but also the wine pours are a bit stingy. We all have pretty average appetites but despite ordering many small plates, we all left slightly hungry. We did... More

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Traveled from Ottawa and had to take a chance to eat here. I worried i had built it up too much for my group of 4 but then the food started to come. i ordered 7 small plates and a main and the waiter offered to organize it for us.... he did so very well. 4/4 said this was the... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This review is based solely on the bo ssam (aka pork shoulder) tasting menu, which I've had on two separate occasions and remains one of my favorite dining experiences to this day. The ambiance is as cool as it gets, and I love the "do it yourself" nature of this meal. Between the oysters, bibb lettuce, kimchi, pork and the... More

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Mount Isa, Australia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Have been wanting to try a Momofuku steamed pork bun for years and the dinner we had here did not disappoint. As they don't take reservations, we decided to have an early dinner and got there just before 7pm. By the time we left just before 9:00pm, the place was packed. With so many delicious things on the menu, my... More

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Calgary
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Second time here, first time for brunch. The small plates were tasty, delivered in organized groupings and the waiter had great explanations for all of our questions. I would love to come back with a couple more people for brunch and preorder the whole duck or pork roast or oysters.. They all looked and smelt wonderful!!

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