I live two doors down from the now infamous Momofuku Ssam. When they first opened, I dropped in and had the steamed pork buns. Compared to the pork filling that comes inside my 99cent bun from a place on 14th ... the meat was wonderful. But overall (esp. given the price) I wasn't sold ... bun a bit soggy and kewpie slaw overly gooey. My love for steamed buns (and a nice review of the place) led me to try again with the chicken. Again, meat was nice and moist and with good flavor but would rather walk to Chinatown for some buns.
Fast forward a couple months and a couple excellent reviews and some major changes to service routines and I can't get home without pushing through a crowd waiting to get in the place (which is very good news for the little Thai place nearby that was struggling for so long but finally now seems to have some customers).
The question ... is it really worth braving the crowd and giving the place a third try? And if so, clearly steamed buns are not the way to go. What would you get (I am not shy about trying new things)?