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Momofuku Ko

163 1st Ave, near 10th st., New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
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Ranked #225 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $125 - $175
Mon - Thu 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Asian, Eclectic, Asian fusion
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village
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Beaverton, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had asked myself if waking up before 7am (pacific) for 3 days in a row to try to nab a reservation (3rd time's the charm) was going to be worth it. It definitely was. The restaurant itself is very small; like others have mentioned, only 12 seats in front of the kitchen. The stools are actually pretty comfortable as... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I'm so happy I've been able to go to Momofuku Ko before they move to the bigger space. I've been lucky enough to eat at some fantastic restaurants all over the world, but the overall experience at Ko is truly exceptional. The intimate setting of only a dozen or so seats encourages interaction not only with your party but also... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved everything (except the seats) however, you forget about the seats as the experience was so enjoyable. Look forward to many more visits to Momofuko Ko! The food was excellent, loved talking to the chefs, staff and other diners at the bar. Was hesitant about going, and so glad we went. Thank you!!

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Palo Alto, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

You sit at a counter and they bring you very small plates of food for a very long time. Each small plate has something that in almost any other restaurant would be the highlight of the meal, the dish you went home talking about and took your friends back for. Since it is so small (seats 12 I think), the... More

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Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

True gourmands won't be disappointed (particularly if they go before Ko moves to a larger space in September.) Expect creative, exquisite small dishes with perfectly balanced sauces prepared right before you at the counter. The dinners I've had at Momofuku have been the best I've ever had.

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Waregem, Belgium
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Every foodie has to be here. It's really worth it. Great food, great atmosphere, nice places @ the bar. Great sparkling wine selection. But place tell them that you want to eat the 8 course meal slowly because my stumach was really messy @ the end.

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I enjoy the other Momofuku restaurants, particularl Ssam, and finally decided to brave the reservation system to try Ko. It was not as difficult as expected, though perhaps choosing a Saturday lunch in August helps. We chose lunch specifically because it includes more courses and we wanted to try a variety of dishes. I also ordered the... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

They play loud rock music, - you are supposed to sit three hours on a bar stool without chair support and with a warm and burning kitchen in your face. We had to ask to the waiter to change us of that place because we were about to die from the heat. Our backs were hurting bad afterwards, we needed... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The menu was an exquisite journey of well balanced flavours flawlessly executed from start to finish. The food never tries too hard, let's the taste and textures do the talking especially with the strong use of acid and herbs to balance out the richness of the meal. Service was excellent, and go for the innovative wine pairing.

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Irvine, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I've had the privilege of eating at a few Michelin Star restaurants and tried some fancy tasting menus in my day, but I have to say that Momofuku Ko has been my favorite dining experience thus far! Went here for dinner and getting reservations on their website wasn't as hard as i thought it would be. In fact, I originally... More

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