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May 11, 2011 09:59 AM

Momofuku Ssam Bar - new duck menu

Apparently Momofuku Ssam Bar is offering a new duck menu for lunch starting today. I can't wait to try it.

"[David Chang is] ending weekday lunch service at Ssam Bar and instead, starting at 11:30 today, will offer duck dishes for lunch at stools along the counters in the former Milk Bar space. The menu will be rotisserie duck over rice with a choice of bibb lettuce or scallion pancake, duck sandwich with spicy mayonnaise, and duck dumpling soup with ramps and bok choy. Mr. Chang said the duck lunch, the idea of Ryan Miller, Ssam Bar’s chef de cuisine, may later be available on weekends."

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Cannot wait to try this - thanks for posting! I'm hoping to be able to make it there on Friday.

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      1. re: peter j

        I'm cool w/ backless stools, but my husband will definitely be grateful for the ones w/ backs!

    1. As usual, full review with photos on the blog: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

      I went there on Thursday and I thought it was spectacular. You order from the counter, pick up your food on trays when they call your number, get your own utensils, and find a seat at the all-communal tables. They have people cleaning the tables and refilling water regularly, and tips can be left on the table or in the jar at the counter.

      The $13 duck over rice gets you half of one side of the breast, over rice and some greens which I was told were red mustard frill. The duck is cooked to a perfect, tender, pink. The duck is juicy and the flavor is fresh. The skin is crisp, and reminds me of good Chinese style barbecued duck, except that it's not as sweet and hasn't been hanging all morning. The rice and greens are extremely satisfying after soaking in some of the flavorful drippings of the duck breast.

      I also had the broccoli salad, which was ok. The smoked eel vinaigrette was not particularly strong, providing only a slight smoky flavor, and the crispy rendered duck skin added some crunchy texture. It was served chilled, and for $5 had a decent amount of broccoli, when you compare it to similarly-priced sides at Otto or Torrisi.

      A couple of customers after me had to wait a little longer as they had just put fresh ducks on the rotisserie. I'm not sure how they would handle it if there were a lot of customers. Overall I thought it was simple, delicious, and satisfying.

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      1. re: fooder

        Sounds amazing. Thanks for the review!

        1. re: fooder

          I totally agree with you about the Rotisserie Duck over Rice. That duck was incredible! So fabulous that I said to Mr. R. that it rivals EMP's duck -- and in my book, that's saying a lot!! And, yes, the rice was delicious as well. We got the lettuce and the chive pancakes. Mr. R. wrapped his duck slices in the pancakes with the lettuce and one of the sauce that are on the tables. He said the pancakes were tasty.

          The Duck Dumpling Soup is another winner. Though the broth could have been hotter, it had a nice depth of flavor. The dumplings were fantastic! Tender skins and very flavorful minced duck filling.

          We also got the pickled onions, which come in a jar. What's not to like about pickled anything? But it's really quite a large amount even for two people sharing. I think they should come up with a way to serve individual portions.


          ETA: fooder, I just read your review. When we were there on Friday afternoon, we did place our order at the counter and were given a number. But it turned out that staff provided glasses of water and brought us our food, as well as plates and utensils. Since we thought it was going to be self-serve, Mr. R. had not put a tip on his credit card bill. So, we left a cash tip on the table.

          1. re: RGR

            Wow, that is a huge compliment regarding the duck!

            1. re: RGR

              I think I might stop by again tomorrow. I don't know that I'd go so far as to say that it rivals the duck at EMP, although I might be going to EMP early next month so I can try comparing it again then.

              I think that EMP's duck has much more concentrated flavor from the aging while Momofuku's duck has more of a fresh taste to it. So it depends what you're looking for. I wonder how often they get the ducks.

          2. Husband and I went on Friday. We ordered duck over rice with chive pancakes and duck dumpling soup. Both were delicious! Loved making sandwiches with duck breast meat, chive pancakes, and condiments on the table. Loved the broth served with the dumplings, herby and complex. I approached the counter for a refill of the broth and was happily obliged. Like other posters, I didn't expect any service, but water glasses were brought to us quickly and were promptly refilled, which we appreciated. Husband thought his glass of Pinot Noir was terrible, but other than that it was an excellent lunch, and I look forward to going back and trying duck buns and duck sandwich.

            1. I'm headed to NY at the end of the week. This duck lunch is going to be my first meal when I get off the train. If I go to the Ssam bar, will the old milk space be obvious? I've checked the momofuku web site but the Milk Bar addresses seem to be in different locations.

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              1. re: beetlebug

                The relocated Milk Bar is on the corner directly across the street from Ssam Bar. The entrance is on 13th St.

                Also, note that lunch is served until 3:30.


                1. re: beetlebug

                  Momofuku Ssam Bar is on 2nd and East 13th, the southwest corner. Walk just past the orange cones in this photo and there's the old Milk Bar space. You'll see a neon "milk" sign behind the glass and come to double glass doors.


                  Momofuku Ssam Bar
                  207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Oops! I see that I misunderstood beetlebug's question. Thanks, kathryn, for providing the correct info. At lunchtime, there is a sign on Ssam Bar's front door that says something like, "Use the side entrance."


                    1. re: RGR

                      Thanks Kathryn and RGR. I'm frantically putting together a rough food list and subway directions. This duck is definitely my first meal in Manhattan this trip. I would be very cranky if I couldn't find the entrance.

                      Reports to follow over the weekend.

                2. went ssam bar this saturday and the duck sandwich is now featured on there. I thought it was tasty! It was basically duck, peppers, spicy mayo and done up panini-like. I want to say they also smeared a good amount of pate from what I could taste but I forgot to ask to confirm. I got to stop by here for lunch to try the rest of the duck stuff