My family and I are just back from a week in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts — home to several world-class summer arts festivals and more than a few mediocre restaurants. Suffice it way this wasn’t an eating vacation.
But we did tack on a couple of days in New York at the end of the trip to visit family, walk around the city, shop and….hey, kids, let’s go to Ssam Bar!
I wasn’t quite sure how my daughters would like this pork-happy, offal-intensive, Asian-sorta-kinda-but-not-really link in the small chain of Momofuku restaurants in the East Village. (SSam refers to a Korean dishes that are wrapped; the house signature is a barbecued pork shoulder with lettuce wraps.)
My kids wouldn’t have much to relate to at this restaurant. But, as it turned out, they loved it all — everything from the cured trout with watermelon and roe, to sugar snaps tossed in an intense to XO sauce with minced egg mimosa, to the crispy pig’s head patties served
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