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Momofuku Ssam is over-rated, go to Province!

Tried the steamed buns at Momofuku Ssam tonight. Decent, but way too much oil and sauce. The bottoms of my steamed buns were wet and soggy! Besides me, the restaurant was completely empty. Oh, besides the photo crew and the editors from the Dining Section of the NY Times. Does anyone know what Frank Bruni looks like? The photographers were taking pictures of a bunch of writer-types surrounded by their macbooks and ssams. Bizarre.

Try the buns at Province, at the corner of Church and Walker. So much better!! Tasty and at half the price. Too bad I don't live closer to Province, otherwise I'd eat there all the time.

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  1. Uh, I was at the place at 9pm and it was packed to the rafters. Not sure what time you were there.

    Didn't see any photographers or people on laptops either. The buns I had there were like every other time I had time, great.

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    1. re: fafner

      Yeah - I wandered by at about 8:30 and it was packed - ended up at Kenka for a ramen and Sapporo.

    2. Well, if they were taking pictures, weren't no Bruni about.

      While many people praise the pork buns at Momofuku (both locations), there's a bit more to it than that. Did you try anything else? The ssam, for instance?

      1. I wouldn't be so quick to write off Ssam Bar after a single bad pork bun incident. What about the ssams? The country hams? The banh mi? The mochi?

        1. While the pork buns at Momo Ssam are as good and usually far better than you would get anywhere, it is the diversity and orginality of the entire menu that makes this place special. Perhaps, you need to expand your comfort zone a little.

          1. I agree, totally overrated...in fact, it shouldn't even be rated. The ssam I had was soo bad. I actually opened it up and just ate the pork out of it, which was very dry. The place was completely empty the time I went also. Not sure why so many people praise the place. Momofuko is interesting, crowded, fresh and fun, but this place is not good.