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Momofuku Ssäm Bar

4.5
4.5
629 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (212) 254-3500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Max Ng

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    13th street & 2nd ave

  • 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

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What 629 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was good but the pace of the meal felt rushed

  2. FF

    FoodieFamily

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience1

    On a recent trip to NYC, I was very excited to try one of the Momofuku spots. My husband, three college-aged kids, and I had brunch on Mother's Day. I was impressed by the varied selection of food choices on the menu. Between the five of us, we tried many items, including the shiitake steamed buns, pork belly buns, cauliflower, eggplant, rice cake entree, spicy fried chicken, waffles with brown sugar butter, and the 7-spice brisket. Overall, the food was good, but nothing outstanding. I found the bun portion of the steamed buns (what I was most excited about) to be dense and dry, and very shy on mushrooms. The cauliflower and eggplant were above average. The rice cake entree was more rice cake than anything. Very shy on the pork sausage. My son loved the spicy fried chicken - huge portion, but a lot of breading. Waffles were fluffy and thick, but not overly moist. Brisket was very complex in flavor and texture - but, again, light on the brisket. I felt like we paid for a lot of starch, and the dishes lacked an adequate portion of protein. Service was meh. We had to repeatedly ask for an initial cup of coffee. Then, when asked for refills, we were brought a scant cup and told it was the last bit of coffee for the day, as their coffee pot had broken. Atmosphere was diner like, except it did not have a very clean feel about it. The bathroom toilet paper was hanging on a broken rod, and the toilet paper had no where to rest but on the floor. With thousands of choices in NYC for a nice breakfast, lunch, or brunch, I won't be returning here.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every single thing we ordered was absolutely unbelievable. Sad that it was our first meal visiting New York because nothing else came close to this place in my opinion! Really fantastic and unique cocktails too!! I’m back home now and miss this place! Thank you!!

  4. AB

    ABCxo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great interior - I literally have nothing bad to say about this place!

  5. JM

    JuliaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Exselent service . Everything was superb.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent. Attentive service. Great atmosphere. Perfect night.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The fried chicken, and fried potatoes and onions were excellent. Service was great too. I would definitely recommend to others!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday brought us wine v nice

  9. AK

    AlanK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday party, we preordered the Duck and it was wonderful! We were a party of 5 and the duck could feed 6 people. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the service was excellent! I highly recommend this as a place to have a celebration meal!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sat at bar - Joe was amazing!

  11. RM

    RyanM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    It was insanely loud in the restaurant between the overhead music and general clatter. We had a very early reservation and the restaurant wasn’t near full, yet another table was seated directly next to us with the tables almost touching. It was awkward for both parties due to the proximity of the tables and we couldn’t wait to leave. The food was good, but not quite worth the price and certainly not worth the overall cost of the dining experience.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Easter brunch

  13. LO

    LannaO

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Small space, busy with frenetic atmosphere. Food was good with creative and tasty drinks. Milk bar is close by. Worth a trip.

  14. a

    aolaw

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Still love the place, but was disappointed that none of the hams were on offer that night despite taking up half the menu. BTW, thank you to the staff, this is one of the few restaurants in NYC who will seat you before you whole party is there. I appreciate the act of graciousness especially given the MTA is unreliable, it means people are often early or slight late for the reservation.

  15. AB

    AlecB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service, food was good. To start we had the sampling of hams, some were a bit smokey for my taste. The pork belly baos and potatoes w/ curry were our favorites. Shrimp toast was good but a little fishy. The vegetarian rice cake was full of umami and had a great texture.

  16. A

    Aldente

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We only tried the steamed pork buns and a duck dish with sesame crackers. Both were delicious.

  17. S

    Skyler

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Would recommend pork buns. Staff was very friendly.

  18. GL

    GabrielaL

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    My expectations were too high and it was very disappointing when we started eating there. The only good thing was ham.

  19. FL

    FonnyL

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food is great. Waitress could be more friendly

  20. b

    bigdaddy

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    Love, love, love the food. Was seated in the back room for the first time ever and it was a mixed blessing. It was quieter and allowed the four of us to enjoy our conversation, but it also felt like siberia and was hot and stuffy with a lack of air flow. Combined with the spicy food I was sweating by the end of the evening. The noisier front room is worth the trade off in my opinion. Overall a great fun delicious place.

  21. T

    Terry

    Austin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food2service3ambience4

    Got pork buns and fried potatoes. Both were ok but not fame-worthy that I'd expected.

  22. J

    Jean

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always love the interesting dishes here. Would have preferred not to be in back room, but overall still great.

  23. JH

    JesseH

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food was too notch and was complemented by the service. It was one of the best meals we have had in some time.

  24. RS

    RachelS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service. Tables are a little cramped but it’s a small space.

  25. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food but the portions are too small for the price.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    I gave this place a shot after watching Ugly Delicious’s food series by David Chang. I feel he seems genuine and his food must be real as well. So the Pork Buns were good

  27. 1

    123456

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Nothing special. We had a number of appetizers and entrees for lunch and nothing was particularly memorable. The duck, which I had hoped would be the highlight of the meal, was inundated with fat and lacked flavor. Disappointing.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was good

  29. JH

    JHah

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Very excited to have an opportunity to try Ssam Bar. The food was delicious, but unless you’re just checking off a “David Chang to do list” I cannot recommend it. The space is small, dark & very loud. Every bit of our meal was rushed - when we tried to slow the meal down - the wait staff wouldn’t leave us be for more than a moment. Our waitress came back to the table 3x in less than 2 minutes to finalize our dessert order. I asked her for more time twice - but she returned 30 seconds later. We were just trying to enjoy our wine. Reservation at 7p - We had cocktails, 2 small shared plates, an entree, wine with dinner & dessert & they handed us our check before 8p. I just reviewed my Uber receipt - we were back at our hotel - in Brooklyn - by 8:17. I was willing to spend the money on this meal, I am not interested in being so rushed that you don’t have the opportunity to experience the food.

  30. ST

    ScottT

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Surprisingly average food these days. Pork buns were lacking in flavor and sloppily presented. Eggplant was soaked in oil, underseasoned and the sauce was gritty. My entree was good but not of the quality that I remember. Sorry to post a mostly negative review and hope they were just having an off day.

  31. JW

    JWhbg

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an early pre-show dinner here and would definitely come back. Staff was friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was super chill - old school hip-hop playlist. Pork buns are a must, skip the country ham. Don’t sleep on the fried tripe, either. It was possibly our favorite part of the meal.

  32. F

    Fish

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Huge fan of David Chang and try to hit has many restaurants of his that I can, and was fun to experience this one while in NYC solo for a night.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Momofuku Ssam Bar was an excellent dining experience! We went for our anniversary dinner after having a disappointing brunch at a different restaurant. The whole team was excellent from how they made suggestions, courses our meals and explained our dishes. They even gave us a little bubbly at the end to celebrate! The only thing was we were seated at a smaller two top that was so close to the tables next to us. Made it a little difficult to have conversation when you’re aware of people’s stares and then listening.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food - ask for the pork-belly buns (off menu)! Ambiance was fantastic and the servers were extremely helpful and welcoming.

  35. NY

    NYCFoodie

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    A very disappointed experience despite the food being very good but service was horrible. Someone should focus on training the staff how to be hospitable.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Ssam bar is great and has been great for a while. My only gripes were that me and my buddy were seated in the literal worst table in the house super cramped in a hidden corner Otherwise food is as solid as ever even if the portions are skimped compared to the price

  37. CG

    CynthiaG

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They encourage you to order from different sections of the menu, but don't think they're just trying to get you to order as much as possible. My husband and I were starving and we wanted to try many things and our waiter actually recommended going down one plate. He was right and we were able to finish everything comfortably. They just go the extra mile here. We didn't even have to give anything up because we were going to order the pork buns and the shiitake buns, but he recommended doing a half order of each, so we were able to try both without having to eat too much. I learned about this restaurant and partner places via Chef's Table and I have to admit I was weary about trying a place with such name recognition as sometimes places start to coast and they become overrated. Well, I'm so glad I went because I found out that this was not the case with Ssäm Bar. I felt like this was their first week of being open meaning that they were so fresh and on top of it. Try the Ssäm fish! It's amazing! We were weary because it's a whole fish (head and tail and all), but it was too amazing to miss. The seasoning was out of this world and it fell a part my mouth, it was so moist and soft.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    It was fine.

  39. HA

    HumeA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I last ate at Ssam Bar about five years ago. Had an amazing meal. I was excited to share the experience with my family. We were disappointed this time by the fried chicken and rice cakes. Not salty and well seasoned. Flavors were muddied and in the case of the chicken did not penetrate deeply. Needed additional flavors - salt and sweet for the chicken and sweet for the rice cakes - to balance things out. Price was also an issue. Four pieces of fried chicken at $28 should’ve been perfect, but as I’ve indicated above, it was far from. The Benton’s ham and fried potatoes were pretty good. And the pork buns were reliably tasty. Not a bad experience, but it didn’t hold a candle to my previous experience at Ssam Bar.

  40. LA

    LarsA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food and service in nyc! It a must try restaurant, and I'm definitely coming back!

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  • Cross street

    13th street & 2nd ave

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Public transit

    L train to 3rd ave. M15 SBS

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Max Ng

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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