Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Row 1

207 2nd Ave (at E 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
Asian, American
$ $ $
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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Foursquare Tips

  • Chow down on the Pork Belly Steamed Buns
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • Try the Pork Buns
  • Its near my house. My wife and I had our wedding lunch there, and I love the food. -Wylie Dufresne, Top Chef
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Theyve 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
  • This crown jewel of the East Village is very popular for their extensive menu of delicious variety. Try the infamous Korean bo ssm (pork shoulder lettuce wraps) for which the place is named.
  • 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.
  • Ground zero for David Changs delicious experimentations. Come early for pork buns, kimchi apples, fried brussels sprouts, Dr. Pepper. Sgreat.
  • Unconventional, we know, but go with a sparkling wine here: Albert Mann's brut crmant dalsace from Alsace is a great, flexible option that pairs well w/ ssam bar's cuisine. Enjoy!
  • 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.
  • Nice pick! Pat yourself on the back! Now, for something elegant and playful, get the Spanish Mackerel & Melon app OR the pork sausage & rice cake dish!
  • 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.
  • Here's a fun game: see how many pork buns you can eat. If you make it past 6, you win.
  • 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.
  • Bo Ssm 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 Ssm.
  • 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
  • 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.