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Posted by Sid on 05/02/2014
I ate at momofuku ko recently, had been waiting all week long to have this amazing multi-course meal but came out unsatisfied from the whole experience. To be fair the food is quite good. But you don't go to a restaurant like this for quite good, you go to have your palate stimulated in a way it hasn’t before with a medley of flavors that would stretch your “taste-memory” to remember. Out of the 10 or so dishes I had, 5 were definitely nuanced, the rest were, well, semi-tasty, all in all far from transcendent. Then there’s the atmosphere and service but serious foodies will ignore that if the food is amazing. Some observations: 1. A restaurant that has a very expensive spread of dishes with a “simple” setting really doesn’t work. That whole thing about “we only focus on the excellence of our food “ doesn’t fly if you have an expensive spread. People who are willing to pay that much expect perfection in everything including the seating arrangement etc. 2. If people who are preparing the food are going to be so close to customers, they have to be really happy and friendly. In all fairness you cannot expect chefs who have to focus on preparation for a minimum of 6 hours to be happy and which is why it's a good idea to keep a healthy distance between the customers and unhappy chefs. 3. Some pointers on the food, duck skin not crispy enough on the roast duck is not acceptable at a restaurant of this caliber. The desserts were not impressive at all. Food on the whole was average with some admirable features but I was expecting a zen-like blend of flavors, ambience and service and was disappointed on all three fronts
Posted by lickin' the chops on 04/17/2011
It's hip, it's trendy, it's pretty rad food! Oh, yeah, you can shave me some Foie Gras over some Lychee! You could probably shave me some Foie Gras over dirt, and I would be excited! The meal was a true food adventure- including the Potatoe/Dykon Soup over Lamb and sick Brussel Sprouts! or the Avocado gel under the Scallops and icey Cucumber puree!!! Top notch stuff, start to finish, and let there be no doubt it is truly up there! Your gonna pay for it, so it better be, but it is! Music is solid too- though no H. A. M, which disappointed, hey yo, pump up the Kanye!!! Overall, way up there!!!
Posted by Alex on 01/09/2011
I've never left a review before but felt I had to after I saw all of the negative reviews on this site. It is said that for 1/12 satisfied customers will let you know, while 1/3 unsatisfied will. The meal I had at Momofuku Ko was absolutely amazing. I went for lunch with a friend and out of the 17 dishes only one was I disapointed with. This dish was one of the desserts and I just thuoght it was too dry. But to have 16 other incredible dishes I was more than satisfied. The highlights: Trio of tartars: a dry aged sirloin, lightly grilled wagyu, and toro tuna each one incredible a foamed egg the size of a softball floating in a bacon broth with a lard grilled biscuit. Enough said Sweet Corn Ravioli with chorizo, sounds so simpe but I can't describe how sweet and amazing the raviolis were Of course the foie gras, but thats been beat to death read someone elses review. But know it is ridiculous Fried Coconut cream with banana caramel and pie crust, one of the most amazing interesting desserts I have ever had I spent $230 with tax and tip (we didn't drink any alcohol) and was totally satisfied. Obviously it is quite a lot of money, but if you are even considering Ko then obviously food is important to you. It was one of the most amazing afternoons of my life and I cannot wait to go back (though I will wait a while). Don't let a negative review talk you out of going its incredible in everyway
Posted by ally's dad on 12/01/2009
After a long wait to get a 2 with my son in from school, we ventured to KO for lunch last Sunday. In addition to many meals at McDonalds, Chinatown, school food, etc., he has grown up in a foodie house, with meals at PerSe, Daniel and Robuchon as well as various 3 stars in Europe. He clearly knows his stuff. He was very happy to wear jeans to a purported great restaurant and knew of all the hype. Our meal was excellent in all respects. He especially liked the puffed egg, frozen foie gras and the lamb cassoulet. We both agree that KO is a great experience, wonderful clever food, great interaction with the chefs, but to compare this to great restaurants, here or abroad is absurd. There is more to great dining than the food itself - it should hit your senses from the moment you enter the door to when you leave. No, Ko does not detract due to the absence of fine china, glassware or an attentive staff (the staff is attentive!), but it can't be compared to the restaurants that do have these things. The food is excellent, but it is truly a different game than many three or four stars. The price is starting to get very high - $175 for the big meal. With two half bottles at $100 and $70 - the meal was over $600 - much to much for the experience as it is. Be aware that downtown does not mean cheap! A great time, but do not expect the seas to part. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad
Posted by Sam I Am on 10/12/2009
Came here because of all the hype. The food was more entertainment than taste. It was great to watch the chefs' choreography as they created each dish for you only to be disappointed by the results. Especially disappointing was the bill. At $400 for a dinner for 2 one would expect extraordinary food. We were unfortunately disappointed.
Posted by Restaurant Lover on 09/25/2009
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had the most memorable meal. I loved the fact that it's so small and intimate. Every course was well thought out. Each bite was an amazing experience. The wine was fabulous as was the stellar service. I have nothing bad to say about this place. You might want to fast before you go since it actually is a lot of food. Small plates for sure but I can tell you I left stuffed. The best part is the price. I can't tell you how reasonable it is for the quality and amount of food you get - along w/the special feeling of being a select few who is dining there that night. I can't wait to go back.
Posted by Eric on 09/22/2009
I went to Ko with my wife last night and we were WOWED! First off, I have to say that the reviewer below from 6/16 must have meant to give a review for Momofuku Noodle Bar (5 doors down) because Ko is the farthest thing from crowded (12 ppl per seating, 2 seatings per night). Anywho, Ko was just a fantastic, fun experience and the food was out of this world. They put such an interesting twist on all their food and everything was really just great. The service is stellar as there isn't a huge crowd. The place looks bear as it is small, has little decor, and simple backless stools. But the ambience doesn't matter as they make up for it with such creative, delicious dishes such as deep fried pork rib, shaved foie gras, and animal cracker ice cream with peaches and peach soda! I highly recommend this meal to any and all. Enjoy!