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Beating the crowds at Momofoku Noodle bar/Ssam

msjess Sep 11, 2012 03:34 PM

Hey chowhounders, I am traveling to NYC for my birthday. I'd love to eat at either ssam bar or noodle bar. However I'm only in town for the day and will need to catch a train that evening. Since they don't take reservations can someone give me an idea for what the average wait time would be for early Saturday night? Would my best bet be showing up as soon as they open?

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    RCC Sep 11, 2012 03:38 PM

    Will you be dining alone?

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      msjess Sep 11, 2012 03:39 PM

      no with my husband

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        mitchleeny Sep 11, 2012 03:57 PM

        As early as they open.

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          RCC Sep 12, 2012 11:46 AM

          I'll speak of the Ssam Bar, where we go to very often, as I really haven't been that impressed with the Noodle Bar at all and have been there twice for lunch.

          If you and husband go to Ssam between 6 and 6:45 on a Saturday, wait time is 4 - 16 minutes. If you go between 6:46 and 7:05 , wait time is 4 - 26 minutes. After 7:06, wait can be 4 - 31 minutes. I find that Momofuku has fine-tuned their table turnover techniques very well over the years. Most tables, and including the bar stool area, are communal and that accounts for waits that are short and bearable. In a lot of instances, we didn't have to wait at all, as long as we weren't picky about the communal or bar seating. They also now have a bar next door that can help tide you over.

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            ellenost Sep 12, 2012 12:14 PM

            I love the precision of the expected wait times! Need to make a return visit to Ssam Bar so I greatly appreciate this. Thanks!

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              quddous Sep 12, 2012 01:40 PM

              Thanks (also) for the very precise wait times.

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          Bkeats Sep 11, 2012 04:34 PM

          Get there before 6 and you won't have much of a wait. At 7 the wait could be an hour or more.

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