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Jul 3, 2011 03:47 PM

Momofuku Ssam Bar Whole Rotisserie Duck Reservations

I was just checking the Momofuku Ssam Bar website (have been wanting to try the rotisserie duck), and discovered that a whole rotisserie duck is being offered for either lunch or dinner for a party size of 1 - 6 for $140 via the Momofuku reservation system. The duck is served with the chive pancakes and lettuce, sauce, crispy shallots and a choice of 2 sides. I've made a dinner reservation for my sister and me. Good thing we both love duck! Has anyone had this large-format dinner yet at Ssam Bar (I've had the Bo Ssam about two years ago with some of our CH friends).

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

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    1. ellenost,

      One duck for two people @ $140 seems awfully expensive. And if it's just one duck for 6 people, that sounds very skimpy.

      At the Bo Ssam, I actually thought that even with the additional dishes we ordered, the size of the one pork shoulder was not really adequate for the number of people attending (I think 12?). And then there was the issue of the insanely high noise level....

      As I noted in another thread, the best thing about the Bo Ssam for me was meeting you and steakrules. :)

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      1. re: RGR

        I agree on the price thing.

        It is worth noting, RGR, that I might have been at the table next to you guys that Bo Ssam night. Were you in the last table towards Milk Bar? There was a huge group of chowhound people there that night. I agree with you on the noise level (but it never bothered me too much), but have never come close to finishing a Bo Ssam (group of 8 and group of 10), though I was the only one at either meal that could eat like a horse.

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks RGR! It was a pleasure to meet you too (and Mr. R, steakrules and our other CH friends)!

          I imagine that the duck is probably a perfect size for 4 people which makes the cost, at least for me, not too expensive ($35 per person). Since my sister doesn't eat pork, we'll probably not be able to eat many of the other menu items so we'll be focusing on the duck. BTW, I loved your photo of the duck!

          I don't know when Ssam Bar started offering the reservations for the large format for the duck, but it seems like a great idea so this way those who are interested in the duck will be guaranteed the duck. Based on the availability of reservations, I think many people may not yet be aware of this dining opportunity. Glad I caught it by chance before it becomes booked up.

          1. re: ellenost

            That still ranks among my favorite CH get-togethers of all time! Enjoy the duck and let us know all about it.

            So, when is the reunion meal? ;o)

            1. re: seal

              it was the only chowdown ive been to :( i want more more more

        2. I didn't know about the duck reservations. I've had the rotisserie duck for lunch a couple of times, and I highly recommend it - it is a perfect meal. It's rich so I normally share it with my boyfriend and order one other dish. Does anyone know how many servings there are per duck? (i.e. Is one order at lunch 1/4 duck?) I think the reserved duck is different, as the duck didn't include sausage for the the single lunch serving, and the FAQ says
          "q: how is the duck cooked?
          a: the duck is stuffed with duck sausage under the skin and then cooked on a rotisserie."

          Please report back, I'm dying to know more. But the $16 lunch order fits a little more with my economics at the moment!

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          1. re: hungrycomposer

            The rotisserie duck wins the award for odd pricing, though: $14 ($17 with chive pancake and bibb lettuce) for weekday lunch; $24 (with chive pancake, bibb lettuce, ginger scallion) for weekend lunch, and $140 (with extras plus two sides) for a whole reserved duck.
            I'm guessing the discrepancy between weekend and weekday lunch is because you order at the counter on the weekdays, but I assume the dish is the same.

          2. Wanted to report back about the wonderful whole rotisserie duck at Ssam Bar that I had Friday night. What a spectacular meal! Perfect number of people is 4 - 6. There was only 2 of us, and we looked at the roasting pan filled with a ton of the most beautifully cooked sliced roast duck breast, several more slices of duck skin with what I think may have been thigh meat cooked confit, rice, greens, half dozen scallion pancakes, a head of lettuce, sirracha, hoisin and (my personal favorite) liquid duck fat with ginger and scallions. The duck itself was perfectly rosy with very little fat and crispy skin. This duck completely blows all other duck meals that I've had recently completely out of the water!

            Accompanying the duck were two side dishes of our choosing. I selected the broccoli with fish sauce and the spicy potatoes. I loved both of them.

            We got about half way through, and I have to admit that even though I have no trouble finishing the 16 course lunch at Ko, I have never been so full as eating 1/4 of the duck dinner.

            The staff at Ssam Bar told us we did better than most in getting through the duck (I think they didn't want us to feel bad about only getting through half). The staff packed up everything in these great leak-proof containers. My sister and I had yummy leftovers for the next two days!

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

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            1. re: ellenost

              This sounds like something I have to try. Did you get more than one duck with the dinner? I generally don't think that a single duck is enough to feed more than 3 people as a main course. If its enough for 4-6 seems like there must be more than one duck or else it must be one big duck.

              1. re: Bkeats

                Don't know whether it was more than one duck since I didn't see the duck before it was sliced. If it was only one duck, it was a mutant giant to produce so many large thick slices of duck breast. I wouldn't be surprised if it was two ducks.

              2. re: ellenost

                That sounds amazing, ellenost. Great writeup! I like that you get to choose two of your own sides. It can make for a more balanced meal than the bossam, which is a bit vegetable deficient on its own.

                1. re: ellenost

                  Forgot to mention there was also a dish of duck cracklings (very yummy).

                2. Here is a photo of the meal for a party of 6, who reported they finished most but not all of the food ("Fed 6 adults, with leftovers for a tiny lunch.").


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                    1. re: kathryn

                      Same as mine, but better to see how many delicious slices of duck!