If I kept a top ten list of most annoying things about New York, "brunch lines on weekends" would rank somewhere among the top, between "open sidewalk cellar doors" and "reckless delivery guys on bikes that dont give a shit if they clip you when you attempt to cross the street". But for some reason, this Saturday, my friend, Patricia, and I were struck with luck and managed to snag 2 seats at the counter at Momofuku's Ssam Bar with no wait. Whoopee! The menu seemed to address our appetite levels, featuring a combination of Asian dishes and hearty eggy brunch fare. We ordered the following and split both dishes:
- Steamed pork buns
- Buttermilk biscuit with scrambled eggs and country gravy with ham
First, a word to the caffeine dependent--coffee isn't served here. You can easily buy a cup of joe at their sister bakery shop, Momofuku Milk Bar, next door, but I was too lazy to walk over. The steamed pork buns did not disappoint. I found them fairly similar to the buns served at the Momofuku Noodle Bar, with no glaring differences. I'm a big fan of these fatty treats. The Buttermilk biscuit with scrambled eggs was heavenly brunch choice--a real standout. The big highlight of the dish for me was the gravy-- deliciously creamy, featuring savory bits of ham. Sopping up the rich gravy on my plate with my crispy biscuit was probably the best part of my meal. Overall, the meal wasn't terribly expensive at all. We left with our bellies full and smiles on our faces.
Food: Hearty and satisfying
Service: Very fast and friendly
Price: Not too bad ($25/person includes 20 tip )
Verdict: Great brunch choice. Sit at the bar!
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 Second Avenue at 13th Street
Had to add this hilarious video, which might be better than the original. Sir Mix-A-Lot could not be found on the YouTube.