I'll admit... I'm a regular patron at the Momofuku restaurants... Noodle and Ssäm Bar are my two favorites and I've eaten more pork buns than I'll ever admit here.
But Eater.com has recently reported an outbreak of Hepatitis A over at Momofuku Ssäm Bar!
So glad that I went to the Noodle Bar this past weekend and NOT Ssam. But all is not lost....
Here is the most recent press release from David Chang:"New York City - June 9, 2009 —Momofuku Ssäm Bar has confirmed that a newly hired employee tested positive for the hepatitis A virus. In response, we immediately notified the New York City Department of Health, and began preemptively testing and vaccinating our staff.
Pending testing results and further analysis, The New York City Department of Health has not required or requested that we close the restaurant or notify our customers. Though there is a low risk of outbreak, all staff members have been vaccinated as a precautionary measure.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspected the restaurant yesterday and noted 0 violation points. We will be open for dinner service tonight.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will make a press release available this afternoon."There you have it, Kids. No big deal. Go get some spicy rice cakes with sausage tonight... just don't get a tattoo while you're eating at the counter - because that is a different strain of Hepatitis all together.