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“Duck, duck....roasted corn.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-5797 (East Village)
212-254-3500
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Ranked #295 of 11,181 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Asian, Korean
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village
Girdwood, Alaska
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Duck, duck....roasted corn.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

David Chang can do no wrong. This restaurant is simple in decor and delicious in everything you eat. You HAVE to order the duck and the side of roasted corn. The corn is undeniably one of the best foods I've ever eaten. The chili and lime seasoning is magnificent. Afterwards, go across the street for dessert at his "Milk" restaurant. Ahhhhmazing!! The marshmallow, corn flake & chocolate chip cookie is super sweet and decadent. You must not leave the block without at least walking in for a look at the menu for later reference.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Adelaide, Australia
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91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Fabulous Duck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

You need to order the whole duck dinner ahead.....it is more than enough for 4 people at $140 between you plus drinks and tip.
Fantastic duck - quite rare though, so be aware of this if you're not keen on rare meat.
Service is efficient and friendly.
We booked from Australia for lunch however be aware from that part of the world you need to book online at around midnight - internet site is not open for bookings during Oz daytime hours.
However well worth staying up late to book - wonderful meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania
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468 helpful votes 468 helpful votes
“Casual Funky Atmosphere, Great Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My spouse and I dined at Ssam Bar for lunch in mid-July 2013. We have dined at several other of David Chang's restaurants, including Momofuku Ko and Ma Peche in NYC and Momofuku Seibo in Sydney. Ssam Bar had been on our "to do" list for a long time; however, the fact that they do not take reservations for small tables, and the fact that we were waiting to go with a group to order one of the large format meals held us back from visiting sooner.

We ordered five dishes to share, each of which was adequate for a party of two - the pork buns were amazing, as was the cold noodle salad, the sliced ham with black-eyed mustard sauce, the fried duck wontons, and the duck bologna sandwich, and we felt that our particular combination of menu items showed us a great variety of what the restaurant has to offer. We would still love to try one of the large format meals someday - the bo ssam or the whole duck, but it seems that you need at least a party of 4 or more to do them justice.

Service was terrific! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes, and offered suggestions on our choices to make sure that we tried a wide variety of menu items/categories.

The space is somewhat stark, with small wooden tables and wooden stools, as well as a really long bar with counter seating. Space is a little tight, but the food and service make it all worthwhile!

We look forward to trying David Chang's last NYC restaurant, Noodle Bar, before moving onto his new Toronto restaurants!

Visited July 2013
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Oakville, Canada
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“Decent food...too bad I could barely see it on the plate”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

I don't need a buffet's with of food when I go to an upscale restaurant, but when the appetizer and the mains are essentially the same size, that makes me wonder.

The steamed buns were good but for 10 bucks, just 2 buns is a bit of a stretch. Even better, the BLT bun comes 1 per order. So I guess it is a bite for everyone at the table.

So long story short - food tasted good, but just too little for what we paid.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Adelaide, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good for a quick dinner...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I enjoyed an early dinner here with a friend. We were seated at the bar as the small number of tables were all taken. I thought the steamed buns were amazing and the table of six behind us seemed to be loving the 'Bo Ssam'...The food did not disappoint and the ambience was fine for a quick bite....after we headed across the street for some of momofuku's takeaway sweets..

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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