163 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.728969 -73.984556
lunch / fri - sun
dinner / every day
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Momofuku Ko might have been the most praised, hyped, and discussed restaurant in New York over the last ten years, and its nominal chef, David Chang, the most lionized. So it's hard to get into, but the food is really good. There is no service or comfort level to speak of.
Best restaurant. Ever. – This is some of the most exciting food anywhere in the U.S -- provided you can get a reservation in the 45 seconds before tables are fully booked on-line each day at 10 A.M. David Chang et al. are geniuses, serving an 8-10 course menu for the bargain price (really!) of $85. While everything on the menu works in a seamless progression -- complemented uncannily by the $50 wine pairing -- several dishes are true world-class standouts: a torchon of foie gras grated over a mix of Riesling gelee, caramelized pine nuts and lychee, a kim chee consomme with raw oyster and grilled pork, a slow-cooked beef short rib with pickled vegetables and braised radish. Even the final savory course of miso soup with grilled rice cakes is surprisingly satisfying. Chang's talent is combining several flavors, textures and temperatures in each dish to create food that is vibrant, modern and unlike almost anything else in NYC. Not since an eating expedition to San Sebastian, Spain have I had such exhilirating food. The most interesting aspect of the restaurant is that you are served by one of several chefs, who stand directly behind a long counter preparing the food. For both the chef-struck and merely chef-curious, this is a fascinating experience. Food voyeurism at its best!
Editorial Review – Reservations for David Chang's high-end eatery can be made a week in advance at http://reservations.momofuku.com/.
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