momofuku: fried chicken or whole duck...which one?
Hi Manhattan board! Will be visiting NYC soon and wanted to do a large format lunch or dinner at Momofuku. If you were able to choose, would you do the fried chicken at Noodle Bar or the whole rotisserie duck at Ssam Bar? There will be 5 of us, either one works in terms of numbers. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
I have had the fried chicken and the duck (not the whole meal, the weekday duck lunch). They are both delicious. The duck is $16 for a weekday lunch, but the chicken is only available for a large group. I'd go for the fried chicken large format meal and grab the duck for lunch. I know you said you didn't want to go to Momofuku twice, but they are different locations and both dishes are some of the best eats in New York City. Fried chicken for 5 will leave you with a ton of food, another reason to go to ssam for duck lunch: you'll have room for pork buns.
When are you coming? The meals tend to book up 27 days in advance (4 weeks minus one day). For example, today is Monday August 22nd, and the furthest out you can book is the Sunday, Sept 18th.
Since you appear to be flexible, I think if you do a weekday lunch for either, it will be much easier to get in. I see a handful of open slots for the Ssam Duck Lunch right now for weekdays. Also they don't do the duck lunch at Ssam on weekends at all.
Also know that if you choose dinner, they only do early and late seatings, so you won't be able to eat at 8pm even if you wanted to for either large format meal.
Overall, the fried chicken is more popular because it's $100 divided up against a max of 8 people, whereas the duck is $140 divided up against a max of 6. So the fried chicken is usually the more popular one.
I've done both the Fried Chicken and the Whole Rotisserie Duck, and loved both (I know that's not much help). Five people for either is the perfect number of people to enjoy either meal. It may depend upon which restaurant you can get a reservation. Either way you're going to have a fantastic meal. Enjoy!