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“Extradinary price for food that was far from WOW..........”
Review of Momofuku Ko

Momofuku Ko
Ranked #67 of 13,573 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $125 - $195
Cuisines: American, Asian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village
Reviewed May 30, 2016

12 bites, some interesting and flavorful but we would like to have more food that we could sink our teeth in while we still have them.

We can appreciate the number of sous-chefs that are engaged for our dinner but watching and. smelling like them is not necessary.

Date of visit: May 2016
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1  Thank sfeats
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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Sat at the counter and witnessed the execution of a perfect tasting event. Every course and wine was introduced and described perfectly.

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank NealF689
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Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a hard review to write, I have to admit.

Having participated in a magical evening at Ko a lifetime ago (2009), we decided that we needed to return now that Ko had moved to swankier digs. That meal loomed high in the lore of our lifetime best meals catalogue of stories: moments of real whimsy, fantastical preparations, daring combinations and most of all, giggle inducing fun on a plate. It was sensational.

Alas, the thrill is gone. Sure, the food still uses some amazing top quality ingredients and technique: there are dishes that surprise, there are dishes that sing. But it is all very, very safe. Maybe it is just that other restaurants have now hitched their stars to that same wagon of creativity, a little on the side of mischief just enough to thrill the diner, but if I'm going to spend hard earned food dollars and and an ever rarer night out without my kids, I want magic. It was in short supply at Ko this time around.

The wines by the glass and the cocktails, both is meager supply, were very good, I just wish they offered more choices (the 75+ page wine list was ostentatious in comparison). The pours were also incredibly ungenerous, and at $17-$35 a glass, diners deserved more than a 3/4 glass pour. I also scoffed at the ridiculous price for the wine pairings...no one when we were there, it seemed, went that route. I hope the management will take notice and pull it back from the stratospheric range.

Sadly, Ko no longer looms as large for us as it did before. I used to recommend Ko as that rare experience where you can't imagine the sleight of hand required to pull together an enticing combination of flavors, but there was little here to wonder at any longer. The cat is out of the bag and they just aren't trying hard enough to get it back. Judging by recent reviews of other Chang restaurants, perhaps that magic can only be spread so thin before it disappears altogether.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Thank theoperadiva
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Reviewed May 16, 2016

Loved it!. the experience was great. the food amazing. the staff is very professional. I was really impressed by the chefs and staff. Is a expensive place but I really think the experience is worth it. DONT MISS IT!

Date of visit: April 2016
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2  Thank Daveedchefservice
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Reviewed May 10, 2016

We came here with a small group and ordered most of the menu and have to say everything was awesome. It’s a cool vibe - dark with oriental touches. The sticky buns and the rice dish with sausage stole the show, but there wasn’t a bad course on the menu. The cocktails were good too. It seems to be always packed but we lucked out and got a table for 6 at 9pm. The hostesses were very accommodating.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Kipp7272
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