Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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Time Out, Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Time Out, Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Time Out, Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Momofuku Ssam Bar
East Village
In the years since the 2006 opening of Ssäm Bar, chef and owner David Chang has added cookbook author (Momofuku), magazine editor (Lucky Peach) and—with the ascendency of his pastry chef Christina Tosi—even talent scout to his resume. To understand his astounding success and cult of personality, one need look no further than this perpetually buzzy restaurant, still a crown jewel of the East Village dining scene. Waiters hustle to raucous rock music inside this wood-paneled 50-seat space, ferrying platters of oysters and regional American hams, oozing pork buns, and daring offal dishes to tables still packed with food cognoscenti. Serious grub, like creamy fingerling potato soup with silky Hama Hama oysters, or a heaping bowl of chewy Korean rice cakes tossed with chunks of spicy pork sausage and Szechuan peppercorns, can be ordered well into the wee hours. Groups can arrange ahead for large format dinners, such as a spread of burnished rotisserie ducks or the infamous Korean bo ssäm (pork shoulder lettuce wraps) for which the place is named.
Venue name: Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Address: 207 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: at 13th St
Opening hours: Restaurant: Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–3:30pm, 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am–3:30pm, 5pm–1am. Bar: Mon–Thu 6pm–2am; Fri, Sat 6pm–3am; Sun 3pm–midnight.
Transport: Subway: L to First or Third Ave; L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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