163 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
By pehanna on 8/9/2010
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.
By colonizeelsewhere on 3/28/2010
By Roxburgh on 12/10/2009
This Restaurant is really awesome, the food is pleasant to palate. The service awesome. Décor very Exclusive.
By ATLtoNYC on 9/19/2009
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!
By winegoddess on 8/12/2009
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.
By Jstlookather on 6/3/2009
The best place we dined at in NYC !!!!!!
By angrybob on 4/21/2008
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.
By fauxbourdon on 4/5/2008
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.
By coloradohip on 3/9/2010
By donkey on 5/8/2009
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!