[New York] Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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Momofuku Ssäm Bar | momofuku.com/new-york/ssam-bar/ | Yelp
Address: 207 2nd Ave (East Village), New York, NY 10003 (across the street from Momofuku Milk Bar)
Date visited: 2013.07
Total bill: $16 + tax and tip for one person
Will return: Yes

I said one of these days I was just going to eat a meal of pork buns. This is me doing that.

Steamed Buns ($10 for two buns) with pork belly, hoisin, cucumbers, scallions
Recommend: yes
I didn’t think these could get better than when I first had them at Momofuku Noodle Bar but they did. I got a particularly fatty cut of pork belly during this visit and it absolutely melted in my mouth. Perfect.

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Add srircha and enjoy.

Momofuku Ssam Bar

BBQ Bun ($6 for one bun) crispy pork belly, coleslaw, smoked mayo
Recommend: no
I didn’t understand why the BBQ bun came in an order of one whereas the steamed buns came in an order of two until the BBQ bun arrived in front of me. It was huge. The crispy pork belly was a little too much meat–I think it would have worked really well if it were a thinner and more crispy piece. The combination of BBQ sauce and cole slaw was not great and I would have preferred a spicy slaw instead. Steamed buns are much better. Stick to those!

Momofuku Ssam Bar

BBQ bun on the left and steamed bun on the right for comparison.

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Skip the dessert here and go to Momofuku Milk Bar across the street for cereal milk soft serve and crack pie.