Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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101 Best Restaurants in America
207 2nd Ave (at E 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:30 AM–3:30 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–3:30 PM

Meals at this ever-evolving East Village hot spot have wowed critics and won faithful followers since the beginning, and no wonder. David Chang's food at Momofuku Ssäm Bar offers bold, Asian-inspired flavors — like his duckaholic lunch (fried duck wings, duck dumpling pho, and rotisserie duck over rice) and popular bo ssäm dinner (slow-cooked pork shoulder, oysters, rice, kimchee, and sauces to be wrapped in bibb lettuce leaves). The classic bo ssäm is just one of three large-format meals now being served (booking one of these is the only way you can make a reservation at the restaurant), but after you’ve had one, you’ll want to collect them all. There’s also a large-format whole rotisserie duck (from Crescent Farms and stuffed with a duck and pork sausage under the skin, oh yeah) with chive pancakes, bibb lettuce, hoisin, duck scallion sauce, and crispy shallots. The chef’s newest large-format meal is dry-aged rib-eye with fries, Caesar salad, roasted garlic, condiments like dry-aged fat and brown butter roasting juices, red wine and shallot marmalade, béarnaise sauce, and bacon ketchup.

Chang has gone beyond kitchen cool kid to become a member of America’s culinary elite. He continues to cement this status as a top-tier chef by constantly expanding his empire, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold (his high-tech cocktail bar, kicked off with Dave Arnold, Booker and Dax, is already ranked among the city’s finest, and even his least successful menu item, his ssäm burritos, have made a lunchtime return). As an influence on younger chefs, as an animator of the downtown New York restaurant scene, and as a really good cook, Chang deserves a high spot on this list.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Dude, it's Momofuku Ssamarguably chef David Chang's best work, and certainly his most varied. A recent kitchen restaffing brings fresh life to the menu. Order the buttermilk. [Eater 38 Member]
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 13:57
If youre here during the day, order the Duck lunch, tender pink breast meat with a candy-crisp skin served with flaky scallion pancakes & white rice. Its one of our #100best dishes & drinks of 2011.
Time Out New York
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 02:57
Try splitting a $25 prix-fixe lunch with your companion and adding one or two of the ever-changing small dishes. In the prix-fixe, the pork buns are a perennial favorite.
The Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 23, 2010 - 08:07
This is a must-stop for me when Im in NYC, but you cant go wrong at any of David Changs restaurants. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 08:17
Ground zero for David Changs delicious experimentations. Come early for pork buns, kimchi apples, fried brussels sprouts, Dr. Pepper. Sgreat.
The New York Times
Friday, August 27, 2010 - 07:55
Its near my house. My wife and I had our wedding lunch there, and I love the food. -Wylie Dufresne, Top Chef
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 07:35
Dude, it's Momofuku Ssam!
How To Make It In America
Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 16:09
Chow down on the Pork Belly Steamed Buns
Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 07:17
Momofuku Ssam Bar. Two crucial menu items: brussel sprouts and kimchi apple salad.
Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 06:39
We dream of the pork buns and pork sausage & rice cakes here, but if you have to choose, get the pork buns and experience taste buds heaven.
New York Habitat
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 06:37
Call 'em up 2 weeks in advance and make a 6:30 Bo Ssam reservation. When the day comes, grab 9 pork-loving friends and pig out on a succulent swine rear.
Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 14:22
Try the Pork Buns
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 18:27
Chef David Chang has perfected late-night eating with a menu that includes crispy pig's head and apple kimchi with jowl. Also, grow some hair on the chest with his whiskey-leaning cocktails.
Monday, July 12, 2010 - 08:11
Get the steamed pork buns
Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 19:31
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
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 08:04
The selection of country hams celebrates a delicious American craft. - Inspector
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:22
Of all David Chang's restaurants, this is arguably his masterpiece. Also, Momofuku Milk Bar is just across the street, ready to satisfy any post-meal sweet tooth. Dairy Queen with pork buns.
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:42
Chef David Changs 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.
Find. Eat. Drink.
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 06:13
Pork and pickled stuff.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 14:31
NYC - If you're not in NYC to indulge in Chef David Chang's creations in person he also shares recipes for adventurous home cooks too!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 07:41