After reading about the restaurant in Bon Appetit, my husband and I decided to try it on a weekend in New York. Don't be surprised if you don't recognize it on the corner of 13th Street and 2nd Avenue, because there is no awning or sign, just a picture of a peach in the window (Momofuku means lucky peach). As we walked in, we were greeted by a very friendly hostess who seated us immediately (It was 5 pm). The decor is very stripped down with a large wooden bar and smaller wooden tables. At first I was a bit put off by the blaring screaming music, but the volume was lowered a few minutes later as more people came in. The menu is a bit odd on first reading, especially for people not well-versed in Korean food. By the way, Ssam means wrapped food in Korean. The menu offers a whole range of mostly small plates that can be split, ranging from artisinal hams to a raw bar to offal meats (veal head and sweetbreads anyone?). Basically the theme is organic, fresh, and/or local food with a Korean twist. My husband and I started with the unfiltered, carbonated (done at the bar) Sho Chiku Bai sake, which was a wonderfully refreshing drink and ended up pairing very well with most of our dishes. Our main waiter Corey was outstanding. He as well as the other waitstaff, worked at the bar and presented the food. If it weren't for the patient and well-versed waitstaff, we wouldn't have been as adventurous in ordering, and therefore wouldn't have had as great an experience. Corey made the difference in patiently taking all of our questions and making spot-on reccomendations. So here's what we ate: 1)A custard with trout roe, 2)lobster with watermelon, peanuts, and noodles, 3)fried artichokes, 4)pork sausage ssam 5)steamed buns, and 6) strawberry shortcake. All were fabulous dishes that we split! I would go back again in a heart beat until I've tried the whole menu!
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