Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Asian Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
  • Has a stamp of approval from The New York Times and Time Out New York
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  • Bub C.
    "dont miss the pork buns and the duck dumplings!"(124 Tips)
    Greg G.
    "The bo ssäm: pounds and pounds of pure, tender porky deliciousness."(31 Tips)
    JoAnne K.
    "bring 6 of your friends and order the pork - OMG! love David Chang"(19 Tips)
    SJ8544123 L.
    "Rotisserie duck with rice is amazing♥ pork belly buns= delicioso :)"(13 Tips)
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  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkDecember 16, 2014
    This crown jewel of the East Village is very popular for their extensive menu of delicious variety. Try the infamous Korean bo ssäm (pork shoulder lettuce wraps) for which the place is named. Read more
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Exotic and delicious Brunch. Smoked salmon on an everything bun with horseradish cream and egg, the Momofuku ssam (a pork shoulder filled Asian burrito), and the perfectly salty country ham Benedict.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 20, 2016
    Under current chef Mathew Rudofker, we have seen the pendulum swing in the direction of innovation. There has been a progression not just on the a la carte menu, but in large format meals as well. Read more
  • Zack K.
    Zack KinslowJuly 8, 2016
    Bo ssam is very good. Can't go wrong with a giant hunk of fall-off-the-bone pork, lettuce wraps and all the fixin's -- plus endless oyster shots for good measure. Highly recommend for a group of 8.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 12
    Ssam Bar helped re-energize the Blue Ribbon style of late-night dining: serving fatty, salty, strongly flavored foods. Sardines with chickpea miso and rice cakes with pork sausage are essential orders Read more
  • Ankit A.
    Ankit AggarwalMay 19, 2013
    Amazing food (get the spicy pork sausage and rice cakes!) and equally spot on customer service: I asked for a sauce spicier than Ssam sauce and the chef MADE one for me. Now my fave spot in the EV.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayDecember 14, 2012
    You genuinely can't go wrong with anything here. It's all delicious. Seriously. BUT, you must always get the lemon meringue pie with the pistachio crust for desert. Trust me on this one, life changer.
  • Nina W.
    Nina WyattAugust 29, 2016
    Seriously amazing food!! However, dessert so incredible try the sesame, rice cracker, ice cream amazing 😍
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 14, 2015
    "They’ve got a variety of bun offerings now...smoked salmon with horseradish and eggs, buffalo buns, duck buns, brisket buns, and fried chicken buns. Order all of them." -The Infatuation on TripExpert Read more
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my top 5 restaurants in NYC. The menu changes seasonally, but you can't got wrong with the rice cakes, country ham, pork buns to start. Everything seasonal is delicious as well.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2014
    The team recently introduced a brunch menu. Classics like the apples with kimchi, spicy pork sausage with rice cakes, pork buns, and bo ssam are still available. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jwow
    JwowFebruary 27, 2015
    Whole rotisserie duck dinner is a NYC must. You have to make a reservation 30 days in advance, which is well worth it. Now, go grab 5 friends and make a reservation ASAP!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The whole rotisserie duck ssam with chive pancakes and about 8 different sauces makes an amazing group lunch during the week. Read more
  • L. S.
    L. S.April 27
    David Chang impresses again. You can almost make a meal out of just the appetizers (best pork buns in the city??) and it only gets better from there. Did I mention the pork buns??
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneApril 8, 2013
    Seasonal dessert special: Pancakes, raspberry jam, crispy bacon and black pepper butter sauce. Only for the curious as very heavy but interesting!
  • Cassidy
    CassidySeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    you've come to the right place. pork buns and rice cakes are the classics and you can't go wrong with anything else. put your name down and get a gin + juice next door at Booker and Dax while you wait
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    One section of the menu is devoted to delicious things to wrap up in lettuce--grilled pork belly, lemongrass pork sausage or an entire braised pork butt, served with kimchi and a dozen oysters Read more
    Upvoted Aug 8
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineSeptember 22, 2015
    Pro-tip: The weekend lunch menu (think shrimp gorditas and fried duck dumplings) is one of the best brunch alternatives in Manhattan and it’s served during one of the easiest time to catch a table.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BApril 30, 2014
    Now serving brunch sat–sun/11:30 am–3:30pm NY Eater- The menu has pork jowl tacos, smoked salmon buns, and Benton's ham steak with eggs, plus Ssam Bar classics like the kimchi apples and pork buns.
  • Evan
    EvanApril 5, 2013
    The pickle plate is the most epic, beautiful selection of vegetables. Get it to go with the rice cakes with spicy pork sausage and (of course) pork buns. Cap off the meal with a drink at Booker & Dax.
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CSeptember 29, 2014
    I'm still thinking about last nite's dinner... The best meal I've had in along time - and for just $43. The pork bun with blue cheese is delicious. Rice cake with sausage. Wash it down w/ tiger beer
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 20, 2016
    They always have pork buns, but you likely won't see them on the menu. Get an order, you know you want 'em. Other highlights: gem lettuce w/ bacon-ranch & smoked yolk, spicy pork sausage & rice cakes.
  • NYC K.
    NYC KennedyApril 2, 2013
    Spicy sausage & rice cakes are delicious!! And SUPER spicy. It's a must order... But have a great bottle of wine and a full glass of water at the ready.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Get a group of 6-10 friends together to do the Bo Ssam feast. The pork shoulder is tender, and even better when paired with rice and a lettuce leaf.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 21, 2015
    Has been my death row meal for a few years now. Pork buns, a seasonal appetizer, and the crispy rice cakes with spicy pork and Chinese broccoli. Great Korean flavor profile, updated perfectly. Love it
  • Phil K.
    Phil KenchJanuary 3, 2015
    Have regular *and* barbecue pork buns, quite different and heaven. Waiting team very knowledgeable about the wine list. Everything we ordered was great.
  • Theresa M.
    Theresa MJuly 10
    buns were great! glad I listened to everyone else review...the other popular dish with the spicy pork sausage was just ok. It was good but no WOW factor. The duck looked amazing,must go back for that!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Ssäm Bar best exemplifies Dave Chang’s deliciousness-without-borders style of menu eclecticism: kimchi salad with apples, bacon, and maple labneh; a whole pork butt to be shared with friends.
  • Wolfgang W.
    Wolfgang WoppererSeptember 22, 2014
    The culinary diversity is as stunning as the quality - from lightly grilled scallops to rich, spicey pork bowls everything is absolutely delicious. A must: the steamed buns with pork belly.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GreeneAugust 16, 2014
    The bo ssäm: pounds and pounds of pure, tender porky deliciousness. Make a point to reserve in advance for it — it's well worth the trouble.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    Though it's turned a lot towards duck, old favorites like fatty pork buns smeared with hoisin and the whole pork shoulder mobbed with raw oysters remain. And did we mention the desserts?
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupOctober 21, 2014
    Everything was amazing!! Kimchi, buffalo pork buns, chawanmushi, x.o. roasted skate and garlic roasted qual. Coming back for the whole duck for sure. Great manhattans. Sit at the bar.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusFebruary 1, 2012
    This Sunday, $350 gets you a meal to go for 8 to 10 people, featuring pork shoulder ssam, chorizo mac n’ cheese and other fixins. Find other NYC spots to spend your Super Bowl Sunday on MetroFocus. Read more
  • emily
    emilyMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bo Ssäm or go home!If you're a fan of the infamous and delicious pork buns you must try the crispy pork belly bun which to my knowledge is only available at Ssäm.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Everything that is pig and delicious is served substitutions or special requests and NO VEGAN anytime!! At least you know what you're in for and it is well worth it.-Rick Moonen, Top Chef
  • David Z.
    David ZhangJanuary 7
    Been here 5+ times
    The duck and pork ssams are obviously awesome but if you're here with a smaller party, try the spicy rice cakes and the pork rolls.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails are just fantastic. Their margarita blew my mind. Every dish was spectacular, but my favorite had to be the spicy pork with rice cakes. Could have eaten two of them.
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJanuary 15, 2012
    Mid 2.1: Modern American with French/Asian influences. Small plates to shares. Momofuku Milk Bar - Try the compost cookie, amazing banana layer cake with a crunchy hazelnutty praline in the middle. Read more
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    Chef David Chang’s unique take on Asian food transcends the hype & delivers the goods. Chef Gabe Thompson (dell'anima, L'Artusi) says get the “apple kimchi bacon salad." Chef Sean Brock is also a fan.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SandlerSeptember 1, 2016
    Probably my most memorable meal from the NYC trip. The steamed buns were exceptional, as was the sesame ice cream dessert!
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedNovember 24, 2012
    If you're not here for the Bo Ssam, you're an idiot. Make a reservation. And to fill you up this time, get the steak for 2. It's served with a rosemary duck fat dipping sauce. What's up
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The lunch specials, like bibimbap with shredded Berkshire pork and kimchi purée or bahn mi sandwiches, are a good deal, and come with the house-made pickles. Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 28, 2012
    Ssensational! I thought I knew duck but the rotisserie duck on rice lunch special for $14 truly amazed me with its' texture and depth of flavour. The photo does not prepare you. Filling too!
  • David L.
    David LeiteApril 20, 2014
    The best dishes we had were the rotisserie duck, the liver mousse, and the pork buns--although the buns were far better at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KnüwerMay 29, 2016
    Outstanding Korean fusion food by David Chang. If you're not a group it's no problem to get seats for lunch.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonAugust 10, 2014
    The Steamed Buns and Roasted Baby Beets are great! The Spicy Pork Sausages and Rice Cakes is fan-fucking-tastic! It's really spicy.
  • Aileen C.
    Aileen ChuMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get together with your friends and order the whole rotisserie duck ssam with chive pancakes. Sharing the lunch portion is quite unsatisfying and leaves you craving for more.
  • timothy h.
    timothy haskellJanuary 6, 2012
    Try the duck dumpling soup but dont add additional hot sauce. I put hot sauce on everything but in addition To it being delicious enough, it already has a kick and more sauce is overkill.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Start with the understated "Bread and butter". Then move on to the spicy sausage + rice cakes are both fantastic. Oysters are a given.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RosenbergAugust 7, 2015
    Large format meals are the best: duck or pork shoulder. Bring a crowd and your appetite. Buns also a killer option. Don't forget Milk Bar truffles afterwards.
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