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Ssäm Bar Is Reborn as a Restaurant With Proper Lumbär Support

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The times they are a-changing at the 10-year-old restaurant

Nick Solares

Momofuku emperor David Chang and his cadre of chefs and servers quietly reopened Second Avenue’s perennial favorite Momofuku Ssäm Bar today. The restaurant closed for a revamp on October 16. And now those backless-stools — arguably the most infamous dining stumps in New York City — have been replaced by furniture with some proper back support. But that’s not the only surprise: The lunch menu now has a new section of meats, which can be ordered a la carte, as wraps, or as a meat-and-three-style meal.

Nick Solares

And, also, Chang & Co. are now serving a *brand new large-format feast* called the seven spice beef brisket ssäm, which is a giant hunk of angus beef served with rice, lettuce, sauces, pickles, and a watercress & herb salad. This reservation-only spread feeds four to six people for $295.

But wait there's even more Ssäm newness in store (!): As a reopening special, the restaurant is going to be serving a charcuterie board with meats supplied by friends from across the country, including the teams from Vetri, Husk, The Publican, and Underbelly.

This is truly a momentous occasion for NYC-area Momofuku fans. The only disappointing part of the reopening experience is that Momo die hards don’t want be able to toast the rebirth of Ssäm Bar with a drink at Booker and Dax next door. That great cocktail bar is closed, but Dave Arnold plans to reopen the operation at a to-be-determined location somewhere down the line.

If you happen to try the new iteration of Ssäm, please let us know what you think.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 2nd Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 254-3500 Visit Website