Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > Momofuku Ko

All Reader Reviews of...

Momofuku Ko

163 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
no phone

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

70% would go back.

Write your own review

Ko backs up the hype

By pehanna on 8/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Every course had me anxiously waiting for the next. The flavors of the food are intense. The biscuit was like nothing else I've tried, and the lamb was fantastic. Yum yum yum. Would go more often if I could get a reservation and if it were a bit cheaper. But worth it! The atmosphere is laid back with the simple wooden decor a bit intimate with the chefs right in front of you. Also, it was fairly quiet - I barely noticed the other diners around us.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
137 out of 269 people found this review helpful.

nice place

By colonizeelsewhere on 3/28/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

awesome

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
153 out of 337 people found this review helpful.

awesome Restaurant

By Roxburgh on 12/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This Restaurant is really awesome, the food is pleasant to palate. The service awesome. Décor very Exclusive.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
179 out of 368 people found this review helpful.

culinary escapade

By ATLtoNYC on 9/19/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

While you would think that a restaurant so impossible to get a seat would be pretentious and stuck-up, everything about the feel of ko is modest. That is until you take the first bite of the buttery black pepper biscuit and begin your culinary trip. The lowkey feel of dining at the bar served by the chefs in front of you makes the experience even more delightful. Each dish was created for you right then and there, and the chefs even impress themselves with the bold, unique creations they set in front of you. Ko course-for-course kept me wanting more. Highlights were the savory biscuit to start, the oxtail broth soup, ravioli with a chipotle southwest flavor, all the way down to the animal cracker ice cream, and finale of blueberry crumble with olive oil ice cream. While the reservation system is a pain, it makes the dining experience cozy and intimate, and so worth the wait. And for the fantastic experience the $100 prixe-fixe is quite reasonable. Bon appetit!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
127 out of 240 people found this review helpful.

viva casual fine dining

By winegoddess on 8/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

let's forget for once that david chang created a moneymaking empire which is hated, copied and loved at the same time. the food is delicious, period! and actually not overpriced if you think about the quality you are served. I was trying to get seats for me and my bf for our anniversary. we were lucky to snatch a spot on monday afternoon for tuesday night 9:30pm. we were super excited and welcomed by friendly staff and a very quiet, intimate atmosphere. all 10 courses were super delicious and satisfying. we enjoyed this new way of fine dining in front of the stove watching chefs prepare all our meals. highlights were the soup, the egg and the fish. Followed by a cantaloup sorbet paired with a glass of reymos, espumoso de moscatel from valencia. suddenly you forgot that you just ate a 9 course meal and are still awaiting your last. I'll be back for sure.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
97 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

Excellece

By Jstlookather on 6/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The best place we dined at in NYC !!!!!!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
70 out of 133 people found this review helpful.

A GASTRO EXPERIENCE WELL WORTH THE SHECKLES!!

By angrybob on 4/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

All I can really say is that it's a gastronomic transcending experience - no fooling! I added the upgraded paired wines for another $85 (just do it!) and away I went - (note - my addled brain will just give some large brushstrokes as to the faire - you'd have to go yourself to add details) Of the 2 amuse bouche offered, the pork fat soaked muffin was yum but the pork rind was just a pork rind - leaving all negativity behind, the rest of the meal was truly ethereal - from the incredible pasta with escargots and broccoli flowers (it looked and tasted like spring!) to the beyond yummy scallops with an indescribable luxuriousness topped with crunchy toasted almonds - and the star of the show was the fried short ribs (so succulent and dreamy) and the rhubarb pie-lette at the end was the perfect capper for an amazing meal. Note: the matched alcohol worked with every course and the waitstaff as well as chefs were all very attentive and professional - it was well worth $220 (for one - tax and tip included!) - maybe better seats for my ample tush would be one plea, but I would go back soon, that notwithstanding.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
46 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

Best meal of my life

By fauxbourdon on 4/5/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you can get a reservation, go -- just go! The experience of sitting in this tiny, narrow restaurant just inches away from Dave Chang and his crew, watching them prepare your nine-course meal for you just across the countertop you're sitting at, hearing everything they say, is insane. Chef Chang even stopped to ask us personally how the meal was going at some point. Since I had just eaten the best single dish I'd ever experienced -- lychees with riesling gelee topped with salty, crispy pinenut brittle and a mound of ephemeral powdered foie gras "snow" -- I answered effusively. That dish was the most perfect fusion of sweet, salty, and savory that I have experienced and, my God, it was good. Opt for the $50 wine pairing, which is actually a steal for the variety of 7 "wines" you get (actually, there was a beer and a couple sakes in the mix). Ko is expensive, yes, but more memorable than a meal at Per Se for less than half the price.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
49 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

Nice

By coloradohip on 3/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

ok

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
169 out of 351 people found this review helpful.

Temple of food

By donkey on 5/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had dinner here last Sunday on the last seating of the night. The experience was amazing. The smoked egg with caviar and fingerling chips was creamy, sweet and salty all at the same time. I could have that for breakfast every day. The other standouts were dessert. The first was Guava sorbet with a cream cheese skin. It was just incredible how the skin had the right consistency to form a shell and added the creaminess to the sorbet to make you believe it were ice cream. The other was a Funnel cake with Black Sesame Ice Cream. The ice cream's taste and sweetness was like a typical Chinese dessert hot soup that I love. If only reservations weren't so hard to come by!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
50 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

Add Comment

You will be prompted to sign in with your NYMag or
Facebook account.

  awful average excellent
In determining overall rating, food and service are given more weight.
Rate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Food
Service
Décor
Would you go back?

Some Hints:

  • The best reviews give a clear sense of why you liked or disliked a restaurant, bar, or store. And that means details. Mention specifics dishes, type of crowd, pros and cons...
  • If it's helpful to compare one place to another, go for it.
  • Come up with clever, funny, pithy subject lines, and write in the first person.
  • Don't forget to read the user rating guidelines and rules.
CloseUpdating your review
By
| Not you?
Advertising
Advertising
Advertising
Advertising