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maggiej Nov 12, 2008 07:25 AM

Has anyone been recently? How many dishes should two people order? What should they be? We've been to noodle bar and had the pork buns, so I'm not sure they're absolutely required.

Brussels Sprouts? Rice Cakes? Duck?

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    gritty britty Nov 12, 2008 11:34 AM

    Was there this past Friday and it was fantastic as usual. The apple kimchi with pork jowl knocked my socks off as did the guinea hen pate with pickled chanterelles. Also try the branzino (yum!) and the berkshire pork shoulder. Have fun!

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      kathryn Nov 12, 2008 02:10 PM

      4-6 dishes. Fewer if you lean towards the right side of the menu. More if you are getting more from the left side. Meat (fish, duck, etc.) tend to be the size of main entrees.

      Right now my preferred order for two people is:
      Steamed buns
      Benton's country ham
      Pumpkin chawan mushi
      Fried brussels sprouts with mint and chili
      Honeycrisp apple kimchi with Burgers' jowl and maple labne
      Duck with cheddar, spaetzle, pear and duck jus
      Pear sorbet with gorgonzola dulce and pumpkin ganache

      The rice cakes are good but huge and very filling. It's a heavy dish, with lots of sauage and carbs, especially since they started frying the rice cakes (they're crisp a little on the outside). They also upped the spiciness a little while back. We could hardly finish them a few weeks ago, but that was mainly because we ordered a bunch of other things.

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        kobetobiko Nov 12, 2008 05:36 PM

        When it comes to Momofuku, you have to follow kathryn's advice! :D

        Benton's ham and the brussels sprouts (when available) are must-have for me at Ssam Bar. In fact I love the Benton's ham so much that I ordered the ham and the bacon online to enjoy at home!
        I am really tempted to order the jowl from Burgers' Smokehouse...

        Anyway, I also like their lamb belly, but they only have it at lunch now. Too bad!

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          kathryn Nov 12, 2008 07:26 PM

          What can I say, but I know the menu like the back of my own hand (sadly). The fried brussels sprouts are probably one of the few things I enjoy about colder weather!

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            kobetobiko Nov 12, 2008 07:34 PM

            Hi Kathryn,

            Any insider info as in when the milk bar will open? I am looking forward to trying everything that comes with deep fried poached egg! :D

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              kathryn Nov 12, 2008 07:35 PM

              I'm actually going to Ssam tomorrow night, and will inquire, or at least peek through the planks if they let me! It looked nearly ready to go this past Sunday and I heard they already had a private party in the space.

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                maggiej Nov 13, 2008 06:14 AM

                Thanks, everyone! We had a great meal. Kathryn, you're right—those rice cakes were FILLING! Delicious, though. And the brussels sprouts and benton ham were lovely.

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                  KTinNYC Nov 13, 2008 06:31 AM

                  I heard that the soft opening for Milk Bar will be on Friday so if you are a regular you might get a taste!

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          marisa79 Nov 14, 2008 07:02 AM

          Bread with Seasalt Goat Butter - to die for. I've been thinking about it for the months since.

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            kobetobiko Nov 14, 2008 08:03 AM

            I actually bought the goat butter (St. Helena) at Murray's cheese.

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