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207 Second Ave., nr. E. 13th St. (East Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-254-3500 | www.momofuku.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs: 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:00pm-12:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:00pm-1:00am; Sun.: 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:00pm-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner; late-night cocktails
PRICE (SMALL DISHES; LARGE DISHES)USD 8-18; USD 12-32
FAMOUS PLATESSteamed pork buns; pork sausage and rice cakes; rotisserie duck ssam; roasted lamb loin
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soju
# OF SEATS50-70
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No - but restaurant is available for hire
METRO3rd Ave. (L); 1st Ave. (L); Astor Pl. (6); 8th St.-NYU (N, R)
This bold, Asian-accented restaurant is another feather in chef/owner David Chang's Momofuku cap. The name “Ssäm” refers to tortilla- or lettuce-wrapped Korean food, but since opening in 2006, the cuisine has ventured far beyond these rolled-up realms. Foodies of all wallet sizes pack into the rich mahogany cafeteria-style tables for a taste of the pork-centric menu (which informs patrons, politely, that no vegetarian-friendly items are available).
David Chang loyals, the expected bunch of hip East Villagers, and foodies who managed to beat the crowds for a seat.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This is place is super casual (staff are hip enough to wear cut-off jeans), so we’d go for a vintage t-shirt, designer jeans, funky heels, and our favorite accessories.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; larger groups; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
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–it’s (in the words of its own pastry chef) “Dairy Queen with pork buns.” Delish!
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It’s kind of a bummer that no vegetarian-friendly items are served. If you or a friend are seeking a veggie meal, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
GOOD TO KNOW
Reservations are not accepted here, so arrive as early as you can–seats are given on a first- come, first-served basis. If you want to get either the duck ssäm or the bo ssäm, you must pre-order (you can do order via the website). Takeout is available for those not wanting to compete for a seat.
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