163 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
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 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 Elenafox on 4/27/2008
Interesting concept where 3-4 of the courses are different for each person that way you can switch around. Vegetables were very impressive; all incredibly fresh and had a just-picked taste. Fois shavings with lychee was phenomenal, as was porcini pasta, braised cabbage with pork belly, the egg with caviar, and the pea soup with shrimp and mushroom. The fist course of fluke was too peppery and generic and the pork was unimpressive . Desserts were downright disappointing, esp the tasteless cereal panna cotta. Would highly recommend.
By rhanau on 9/9/2008
Hey, Don't get me wrong! This is a great restaurant, but what does it take to get a table. Come on!
By sockster on 11/24/2008
10 small courses presented by three dour chef/servers who could care less about what you think of their food. Matched with decent overpriced wine pairings, this restaurant leaves you hungry when you leave; unless you like a dinner of fat, and butter (which fills you up), and nothing much more Biggest dissapointment for me in a new restaurant in my 30+ years eating in NYC. GO ELSEWHERE! You've been warned. BTW, the four people sitting around us all agreed. WHY BOTHER!!
By khaous on 2/27/2009
well dinning in this delightful resturant was quite exquisite the service and food was presice and wounderfully created
By seang on 3/6/2009
really enjoyed the spot - keep up the good work.
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!
By Jstlookather on 6/3/2009
The best place we dined at in NYC !!!!!!
By NEWYORKSHOPPING on 8/7/2009
Decor is cozy. A bit pricey but you get positively what you pay for.