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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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$$$
Neighborhood:
East Village
Asian, Korean
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207 2nd Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-5797
212-254-3500
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 219
    Excellent
  • 159
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food, but Slightly Below Expectations

Momofuku Ssäm Bar was the first place I visited in New York after landing at JFK, hopeful that it wouldn't be busy at an off-hour. This was true and there was plenty of seating in the restaurant at 2 pm on a Friday. I ordered the O.G. Momofuku Ssäm, which featured roasted pork, kimchi and black... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael M
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Momofuku Ssäm Bar was the first place I visited in New York after landing at JFK, hopeful that it wouldn't be busy at an off-hour. This was true and there was plenty of seating in the restaurant at 2 pm on a Friday. I ordered the O.G. Momofuku Ssäm, which featured roasted pork, kimchi and black beans served like a... More 

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Thank Michael M
London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and tasty food, although a couple of dishes were a bit pretentious. Very hustle bustle - the pork buns are a must try!

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Thank rozzerr
New York City, New York
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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After all the great reviews I was surprised to discover the food to be so downright bad. Was it an off night, maybe the chef is on an extended holiday? The chickpea dip with crudités was extra salty. The spicy shrimp rolls were soggy and came out too quickly to have been freshly made. The pork buns were ok, but... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place was recommended by a friend. We arrived just after opening and it was good to be in time, since place was packed already before 6. I really enjoyed about the scallops, which had really pure taste. Also the tartar was really nice. The buns which have been mentioned many times in reviews - weren't so much into my taste.

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Thank PetriKoo
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was packed, but we were able to grab a spot at the bar. In general, be ready to wait. It is worth it. The seven-spice lamb ssam (wrap) is one of the best meals I've ever had. I would definitely return, which is very rare for New York restaurants. Get the corn cookie, or walk across the street... More 

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Thank mketrvl
London
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We came for a late dinner after a few cocktails next door at Booker and Dax, and probably ordered everything on the menu, including both types of pork bun. These aren't your normal pork buns, with lots of dough and a bit of meat in the middle- they are thick, juicy slices of pork in amazing sauce in thin pancakes.... More 

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Thank Bright27
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Pork buns too fatty and without their special sauce (which seems like a blend of hoisin and hot; nice) are nothing special. Rice cakes were interesting but flavors were indistinct though spicy. Just a mess of shredded spicy stuff on round rice cakes. I know there are scallions and fried shallots but what else? Wish I could taste a chinese... More 

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Thank LeeMacL
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Small restaurant in the East Village. Great service! Do not leave without trying the pork buns! A little pricey but worth it!

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Thank Alex M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Really creative food, if a little pricey. Great drinks menu and very happening place. My favourite was the broccolini with beef tongue!

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Thank Sophie G
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Visit this for holiday party. Foods is tasty as others. But price is about 4-5 times higher than what I ise to visit in same kinds of restaurant. Very limited tables available. So this business people seems they think they are very special. This doesn't ruin my mood . But it ruin one of my company. And that affect to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 207 2nd Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-5797
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-254-3500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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