Momofuku Ssäm Bar

4.6
445 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Hot Spot
Momofuku Ssäm Bar accepts reservations for up to 6 guests for a la carte dining via Opentable. For parties greater than 6, or to reserve one of our large format dishes - bo ssam, whole rotisserie duck, dry aged ribeye, or seven spice beef brisket- please visit reservations.momofuku.com. Our large format dishes must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar opened in New York City’s East Village in 2006 and serves a menu that draws inspiration from flavors and techniques found worldwide, while staying true to its New York roots.

For lunch, Ssäm Bar offers a rotating menu, including the duck ssäm, steamed pork buns, and seasonal accompaniments. At dinner, the restaurant serves an inventive menu that is always evolving. The restaurant also offers large format meals and prix fixe menus for groups as well as private dining options.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:30am - 3:00pm
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm Daily
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 12:30am
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Phone number
(212) 254-3500
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Max Ng
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Private Party Facilities
Since 2006, we've served a constantly changing menu​ that draws inspiration from flavors and techniques found worldwide. Executive Chef Max Ng and the Ssäm Bar team create dishes that showcase seasonal products and highlight producers. Momofuku Ssäm Bar was awarded 3 stars by the New York Times.
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Private Party Contact
Sabrina Liedtke: (855) 995-2329
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Cross Street
13th street & 2nd ave
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Public Transit
L train to 3rd ave. M15 SBS
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 445 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative selections

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PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste explosions. So many amazing dishes. Options for small and large appetites.

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RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

overpriced, portions too small, did not know about need to preorder duck or rib eye

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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very bad wine menu, The format is not friendly at all, our bottle of wine suggested by our server was pretty bad

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My aunt is visiting from australia & wanted to go.

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WC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything we ordered at Ssäm Bar except for one dish. Highly recommend: Thai basil lemonade || Maine Uni over Rice with trout roe, sesame furikake, shiso || Glazed & Smoked St. Louis Ribs with katsuobushi rub, ao-nori || Fried Cauliflower & Black Truffles with brown butter vinaigrette, chives || Sizzling Flatiron & Chanterelle Mushrooms with red onions, enoki, shaoxing cream sauce || Whole Roasted Fish Ssäm with ginger-scallion, bean sprouts, herbs. The off-the-menu signature rice cake & sausage dish was our least favorite, flavor and texture wise, but also maybe because it came out 15-20 minutes after we were pretty much done eating.

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A
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was amazing. Potato was top. Great service as well.

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LJ
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our visit. The steamed buns and rice cake dish were out of this world!

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DC
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Pork belly buns were delicious. Soft and tasty. Yet, this dish was only one that stood out. Cauliflower was ok, but still cauliflower. Country ham was good, but taste comes from maker, not chef. Beet/endive total fail. Good wine choices. Ambience was terrible.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good spectacular good . You must try the Pork buns🤩

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect was outstanding—truly the way a meal should be, from excellent attentive positive service to the impeccable food and cocktails.

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k
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though I'm very familiar with David Chang, this is my first Momofuku experience and damn it did not disappoint. We had three starters (oysters, Maine uni over rice and curry potatoes). The food came out a good pace, the flavors were spectacular and the wine/beer selection was amazing. If you are looking for a nicer dinner out, this is a great spot.

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MK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

When we entered, we were not greeted. There was no one at the door. We walked to the back and one of the cooks called to the staff to seat us. The food was outstanding but served pretty much all at once which seemed odd. Definitely go for the fried chicken and the ham plates. They were the best and the ham was as good as any I have ever had.

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a
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked this restaurant. The food, service, ambience was great. The dishes are so inventive and unique. The sommelier, Nicole, was very helpful and friendly. I will go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing as well as the food!

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k
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to dine here for years and now was the time and worth the wait! very flavorful and creative and the staff were a delight! lived up to the hype.

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ML
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant to have dinner with friends, everything was excellent. The pork belly buns, the dessert. I will go back.

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b
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Had the oysters, Benton ham, grilled corn and pork chop. Everything was so delicious! Service was very friendly and attentive as well. Will definitely come back!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David Chang kills it again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food. Whole roasted porgy was excellent and the flat iron steak was out of this world. The mushroom cream sauce was a beautiful presentation both visually and to my palate, while the whole roasted fish was tender and flavorful. A bit pricey but a worthwhile experience for sure!

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JL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very quick and everyone was super attentive. The food was DELICIOUS! I would definitely recommend.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Too pricey for value, overvalued. Service too ‘industrial’

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baby moon!

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VC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Delicious food, just wish our stomachs were larger.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding even though it is a bit pricey, I’d say it’s totally worth it. The service was also great.

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HJ
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch at the much loved Momofuku Ssäm had the roasted duck with chive pancake for sublime flavours. Certainly worth the visit when in NYC. Friendly staff.

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DC
Denver
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were very disappointed in the service—rushed and inattentive. The food was fine, but not at the level we expected. Disappointing.

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JS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Momofuku Ssam Bar made for a stellar BDay celebration.
Unique combination of flavors and textures, each course surpassing the last & paired with an excellent cocktail and wine list alongside an outstanding wait staff made for a truly memorable dining experience.
The pork buns (or shiitake buns), while not on the menu, are not to be missed - either before dinner or as our waitress Lillya suggested, as dessert!

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C
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. A bit chilly, would have preferred to feel more comfortable, but still worth the experience.

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K
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. Just wow. I was absolutely blown away by every dish we ate. Ssäm bar is a wonderful place if you’re looking for something new. I’ve been to several of David’s restaurants all over the globe and this one is by far my favorite. Highly recommend. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Drinks were amazing. Food was out of this world. 10/10.

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Super friendly service! A little noisy. My friend and I had lunch there. We definitely would like to try dinner. We will be back:)

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PV
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice vegan options. Rice cake is very good. Friendly informal ambience.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, unique food experience. Variety of options. The pork buns were delicious.

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DC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pork belly bao buns are excellent and the fried chicken is better than Hattie B’s in Nashville. The duck was good, but the playing and size (too much rice relative to duck?) didn’t seem to make sense. Overall, our cheapest meal in New York, but still good eats.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We especially enjoyed the appetizers. Homemade ginger ale was good. Not too sweet. Grilled fish good. So big couldn’t finish.

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D
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good cocktails for 15 dollars...the banana wrapped skate with fish paste was THE DISH to eat..of course the original pork buns were hard to beat and the uni/fish roe rice was tasty, the spicy head on shrimp were succulent and extremely fresh!! The coconut pandan pie is not to be missed..

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

enjoyed the food, wished the portions were a little larger for the bigger items. We got a couple smalls and one big, pork rolls, and a ham and I was still a little hungry. Mermaid drink was delicious. Duck should be available for small parties as well. Thanks!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Weekend brunch menu is not worth it at all. I was visiting from Los Angeles to celebrate my birthday and was severely disappointed. The food we did order was good for the most part, but overpriced. Not sure if I would dine there again given the choice.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious! Ask for off the menu items and you might be surprised, we had the pork and mushroom buns and they were delicious.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The dry aged steak was very good, but their signature pork rice cake dish was very salty and their coconut seafood hotpot was disappointing as well. The restaurant was so loud I couldn't hear my friend sitting across the table from me. The noise level was similar to that of a busy pub.

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