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AMAZING- EXTRAVAGANT- COOL – DOWNTOWN- FUSION
OUT OF 10
FOOD-10 SERVICE-8 DECOR-7.5 PRICE- VERY EXPENSIVE VIBE- SPEAKEASY DINE AT CHEFS TABLE
MOMOFUKU KO is David Chang’s answer to a Haute Cuisine Chef’s Table Downtown. It is my pick of the month, for New York fine cuisine set in a cool, rock-and-roll downtown atmosphere. With one of the most bizarre reservation policies where you try your chances in a lottery-like online reservation system, pay up front for the tasting menu on your reservation; it is anything but easy going, however once in the door the mood is really relaxed, downtown culinary geeks.
The extremely ugly storefront in the East Village with a tiny sign of a peach (momofuku means grilled peach) fits the speakeasy trend (..yawn) of a few years ago. Once you get past the bunker like entrance, a very small 12 seater bar awaits uber-foodies as chefs cook in front of you the set tasting menu. They are accomodating for people who may have small dietary restrictions but this is not for someone with a difficult palate or a vegetarian.
The tasting menu ($125 for dinner and $175 for lunch) changes daily but in general has a few signature dishes. You should allow two hours for dinner and three hours for lunch. Trust me it will be worth it! They do not allow photography so be grateful for the few I sneaked out! 😉
The menu starts with Momofuku’s signature Pork Crackling and Pickles which are light, salty and appetizing for whats to come.
The courses are not written but delivered and described to you by one of the chefs.
The 10 courses usually hits a few appetizers such a Hamachi Sashimi with Black Bean which was interestingly light and delicate. Nice to taste Chinese flavours used on a japanese dish so cleverly.
The Momofuku empire is slowly expanding from the original momofuku ssam, then noodle and milk bars throughout the East Village. Its patronage is quite rightly deserved due to its inventive and flavourful approach to Korean and Asian Food.
Momofuku Ko is a fantastic dining experience which takes you on a journey through Asian and European cuisine, flawlessly perfected in a cool, downtown atmosphere.
Dinner for two with wine cost about $450. After 10 well-paced, perfectly-portioned courses you will be happily full and thoroughly enlightened. Save it for a real treat! It will not let you down.
LOVE IT ” SWEET AND MEATY”
163 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003