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Momofuku Ssam Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Village
As featured in Melissa's NYC
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207 2nd Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-5797
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Istanbul, Turkey
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Came with a friend for dinner on a Monday evening. Waited ~15 minutes for seats at the bar. We had split 3 vegetarian dishes, and I had the pork belly steamed buns to myself. Everything was good, but the standout had to be the summer tomato salad--it's been 5 weeks, and the memory still lingers on my tastebuds.

Thank CA_fruitfly_42
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99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came for the steamed buns as they are famous for them, it did not disappoint either they were very tasty, service was a little slow waited for drinks a little too long and it was a little dark in the restaurant maybe that's just the style..

Thank GeorgiaFoodcritic
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not that my spicy sausage and rice cakes wasn't delicious but they pork buns wee some of the best I've ever eaten

Thank Natasha E
Helsinki, Finland
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is simply amazing. Asian fusion at it's best. A must when visiting NYC. The pork bun dumplings where something to die for.

Thank Joel R
San Jose, CA
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife said we had to try it. She heard people rave about the place. OK, so we went. Doubt if we will ever go again, but then we don't get to NYC that much any more. Food interesting, but tends to be spicy hot without needing to be that way.

Thank eljefegeneo
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious steamed pork-belly buns!!! Delicious heirloom tomato and plum salad!!! Delicious sardine app!!! Fantastic service!!! This place never disappoints!

Thank AlabamaTraveljunkie
Brooklyn, New York
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177 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

A lower east side gem. 13th and 2nd avenue.. It is small and always crowded. We sat at the bar. They also have a back room so tables eventually open up. No reservations for smaller groups. Food was very good - although the very pleasant waitress may have sent us astray. we didn't get the whole porgy which looked delicious... More 

Thank Oskar-Brooklyn
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

I made my fifth visit to this restaurant last weekend, bringing an uptown friend for her first visit. We went early so we didn't need to wait for a table. The place is super casual, but the food is SERIOUS. We had a fantastic raw fluke with pickled slices of something and a perfectly balanced dressing. The brisket was a... More 

Thank cherryhillnyc
Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been to NYC in years, and was happy to see this place was still here and still great! The pork buns are a must, even if you get nothing else. The cocktails were interesting, and the fish and duck were delicious. Not a lot of space here, so not great for big parties or kids.

Thank StarGazerB
Stockholm, Sweden
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I had long looked forward to visiting this legendary restaurant. The visit was very successful and my expectations were exceeded. We in the family ate their famous Pork Buns and had ordered their roasted whole beef Côte de Beauf which was quite magical. I recommend you all to visit this cult restaurant. /Mats Samaras, Stockholm, Sweden

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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