Ken & Cook
Ken & Cook

Ken & Cook

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kenandcook.com/
  • Phone: 2129663058x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thurs: 11:30am - 12:00am
    Fri: 11:30am - 1:00am
    Sat: 11:00am - 1:00am
    Sun: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Richard Diamonte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We do catering for large parties
  • Entertainment: Live Gypsy band on Sundays from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Special Events: We have a special events space for weddings , birthdays and private parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elizabeth & Bowery
  • Public Transit: 6 • Spring Street

    J • Bowery

    B & D • Grand Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking & Parking Garage located across the street.
A word from Ken & Cook
Located at 19 Kenmare Street in the heart of Nolita, Ken & Cook is the inspiration of Jean Georges alumnus e. Chef has created a Contemporary American menu with signature dishes including Oyster Rockefeller, Monkfish, & Fried Chicken. The restaurant also features a fresh Raw Bar for diners to enjoy seasonal Clams, Oysters, Shrimp, and Lobster. Ken & Cook's industrial brasserie design includes painted original brick, pressed tin ceilings, wood paneling, vintage leather banquettes, and polished brass elements.
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Ken & Cook reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (25)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (17)good for groups (16)special occasion (13)great for lunch (12)hot spot (10)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good food, spotty service
    SamuelVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had dinner there recently on a Friday. Food was really good, nice range of options. Service was quite spotty; may have been too busy, but waitress basically stopped coming to the table - difficult to order a drink that way! Otherwise the restaurant was really good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    MontanaVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A planned brunch turned into an unplanned boozy brunch- service was awesome, they let us go over the two hours because they weren't super busy. Definitely strong drinks and delicious food- the croissant french toast was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    oneeyedjacks1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great atmosphere, menu and cocktail list. Restaurant Week menu had plenty of options and offered larger than normal portions. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    BethNYVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a great restaurant for the neighborhood! Lovely, comfy decor and wonderful bar. Good wine options and food was mostly good. Fava bean salad VERY bland. But beets salad, meatballs, and salmon tartare very good! I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal for a Gilt City Voucher
    reallyhungrygirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Decided to eat at Ken&Cook because of the great deal on Gilt City. My boyfriend and I split the Beets appetizer as well at the Burrata. Both were perfectly fine but nothing spectacular. For the entree, I got the Strip Steak and fries which were both heavily salted. I don't think the food was worth the normal menu price, but was perfectly nice for the coupon value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went for restaurant week prior to fringe festival event. Happy hour at the bar included $1 oysters (yum). The six of us had the three different entrees offered, a steak which was perfectly cooked ($38 on regular menu, appeared to be same for special menu which was $38 for three courses) grilled tuna and scallops. Everyone loved the entrees. The appetizers (Kale salad, crabcakes or mini meatballs were also top notch, as were the desserts of panna cotta or chocolate cake. Had an excellent bordeaux for a reasonable price. Not only great when in the neighborhood,but worth a special trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer!
    b0nyy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The place was surprisingly empty the day I went for lunch with my friend and my puppy. Usually the place is packed and especially the outdoor seating. The server immediately went to the back and filled a container with water for my pup which I thought was extremely thoughtful without me requesting it. Servers were very attentive but food was served very slow. (Restaurant week summer 2014)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty looking but pass pass pass
    BLAH
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    When we asked if they had any specials for the evening they said no. Yet after our dinner on the way out my husband noticed a bunch of specials up on a board hmmm. Started with oysters , nothing special . As we were eating them they bought out our apps. Burrata over a little aurgula with 3 cherry tomatoes split in half. A dot of olive oil ( not good quality). Have bought better in a supermarket. No seasoning no taste. As short a time that they dumped our apps was a long of a time we waited and waited for our dinner. The mussels in my husbands dish were so small you could hardly see them. I had duck breast. It was cooked nice but the skin was not crisp at all. The sweet potato mash was way to sweet for the duck . Plus it was very warm inside
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointing
    Dsnyc14
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Crab cakes had no flavor something I would expect frozen. Steak ok but lots of grizzle. Nolita tequila cocktail was refreshing. Mash potatoes were very good. Dessert was disappointing. Nothing was horrible but nothing was great either. Servers were pleasant but seemed more interested in each other.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy to enjoy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I made a reservation for 4. Called last minute to change to 8. No problem, they accommodated. Food was good, service energetic & friendly. Would go again. Recommend apps crab cake or meatballs, best entree scallops.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fantastic and interesting food. Noisy because of traffic outside (the front was open due to the season) but otherwise a cute space with lovely service. Will definitely try to get there again and would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jcblack
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had the crab cakes, YUM. The scallops and tuna were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My friend and I had dinner at Ken & Cook last week. We both ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, sharing the crab cake appetizer and meatball appetizer first. Both were delicious, and the portions were generous. We both chose seared scallops as our entree. They were good-sized and seared perfectly. The molten lava cake was paired perfectly with salted caramel ice cream. The waitstaff was very attentive throughout the evening, and made no attempt to rush us out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very nice place. Excellent service. Great food. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    NYCgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our only complaint was that our waitress must have been new and was completely clueless to help us with any questions we had. But instead of saying that or getting someone who did know, she just stood there and said "I don't know". A little odd. But other than that, food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Been to Ken & Cook twice - their food is great! Very cute place - crabcake, oysters, tuna - yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was ok but the service was outstanding !!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Disappointing
    Sglaw
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Beautiful space in a very cool neighborhood but some of the worst food and most incompetent service I have encountered in a long time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bartender could use some lessons!
    NornorVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Good food and great service, but the bartenders could use some tips--and not in the $ kind of way! I would not recommend coming for a drink. 1. My sister and I order mimosas with our brunch and but they were brought out relatively warm so we had to order ice to put into our drinks. 2. My boyfriend ordered a Delirium (a favorite beer among the three of us) but it did NOT taste like Delirium. I've had the beer on tap and in the bottle, and all three of us agreed it wasn't right. 3. My boyfriend returned the beer and got another type, and the bartender didn't fill the glass! There was so much foam on the beer (probably poured wrong), so it ended up being filled only 2/3rds of the way. I'm not even a bartender and I could of done better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ImproperCritic
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Service was rude and cocky. Food was mediocre. Ambience was loud. Would not recommend to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Seafood via casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I read great review on Ken & Cook of its food and the food was fabulous. I had the salmon tartrate so fresh- generous appetizer portion. Shared a cocktail shrimp - it was fabulous. Shared the crabcake again generous portion and as I like it - crabby, fresh and good bread crumb crust. Finally - the perfect grilled tuna - fresh, delicious and oh so full. I find their food to be well presented, FRESH, generously portioned and not overseason. Just simple seasoning of salt, little pepper, olive oil and FRESH ingredients. Keep up the good work - I'm coming back next month to celebrate another friend's birthday. Overall a great find for foodies,although store front can be missed - but it seems like they are working on more outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Ken & Cook reviews archive.
  • lovely
    theirfanVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    BF loved the fried chicken, their signature plate, bartender, manager, entire team, wonderful. just wonderful perfectly cooked food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food and fun place
    DanielleP143VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wish our waiter had been a bit more knowledgeable about the menu and that the waiter that then DID help us had been a bit clearer about how our food was going to come out (all at once vs in courses-who brings a cheese plate out at the same time as an entree?)...he asked us if we wanted to it all once-and we figured he meant appetizers all at once and entree seperately-but he meant literally all at once and even tried to tell us to eat our entree before our cheese plate so it wouldnt get cold...when REALLY it shouldnt have been brought out all at once. Odd service choice... BUT the food was great-loved the vegetable plate and cheese plate...and our Tuna was AMAZING as well. The Salmon Tartare was good but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just OK
    mleb143VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The restaurant was completely dead! Only one other group there for dinner on a Weds night. Some menu items were "out" (of course it's always the stuff you really wanted to try) and then we were given a hard time when we tried to use a TravelZoo voucher. I heard this place has a great brunch... maybe one day I will go back to try it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute place
    ThidaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Very cute place, food was good but nothing really special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour & Pasta
    numnum
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Came here before a show at Bowery Ballroom and loved the happy hour specials, had dinner and the pappardelle was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot, will return!
    LahuVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I'm not in this area often but if I was I'd eat here a LOT. Great spot, had the mini meatballs to start (delicious) and the tuna steak as main (great portion size, seared perfectly). My fellow diners' lamb and duck also looked great. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience and food are verry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Ambience and food are verry good, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. Seemed like there was 1 waiter for the entire restaurant and he spent half the time chatting at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood restaurant with good f
    aaaaaaaaa
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The restaurant is not too big. There were several waiters working at the time of dinner. The wait to sit doesn't take long. The food was good. The waiters are friendly and would check on us after serving the food. It's a place for small group gathering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot to try!
    CassC
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Dined here with a friend for Sunday dinner the food was great minus the appetizer (not a big raw salmon fan) and the host was kind and pleasant. The ambience is very romantic, half way through dinner a live band started playing and set the mood for some couples that were there. The aged strip steak was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Music
    Hungry2
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Had an amazing meal with great ambiance. It was restaurant week and the place was busy, but they took great care of us. They had a trio playing live music which was awesome. We will def be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    sf373VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Were really accommodating. Food and wine were really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have eat here twice while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Have eat here twice while on business in the city. Both experiences have been great. Good food, and wine and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid
    finedinerVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Pleasant somewhat chic room/decor (but small tables - hard if you're sharing dishes), Service fairly attentive, food good if somewhat unimaginative and predictable. The wine list has a very nice range of selections at all price points. Nice cheese selections. Might be a good place for just drinks at the bar with cheese.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service good, food salty
    ChristineIsPinkVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    treated my friend for her graduation. service was friendly and just right. we felt taken care of but not rushed or like the server(s) were hovering or annoying. BIG PLUS on service for the server bringing us brand new drinks as we were just getting to empty (although i can't tell from the receipt whether we were charged for refills we didn't order - OJ and club soda). the food was all good BUUUUT a bit salty. The octopus app, mussels, and shrimp pasta were still edible (albeit with a lot of water) but the broccoli rabe was inedible. We should've sent it back but I was lazy. As i've previously noted, I tend to have a bland palate. Maybe not too salty for most people. Space is small but never felt crowded or too loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    The food might be good but the choices they had on the urbandaddy deal were ridiculously restricted so we didnt get to taste the good food. Clearly, they are missing on opportunities to highlight their food, unless they dont think its good :(
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  • Disappointed to see a 'B' grade
    BillyPVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food was phenomenal. Beet Salad: AMAZING. Squid Appetizer: AMAZING. The Fried Chicken was divine, the Macaroni and Cheese was, quite possibly, the best in the city.The Sage Tortellini was almost good, but too fragrant and herbal for one person to eat the entire dish. This is a serious flaw in the chef's kitchen and should be addressed as this dish has potential. Easy on the sage, add a tortellini or two to balance out the strong flavors of the cheese and herbs. It's just too much. Our server, whose name I forget but appeared to be of African descent and British/English schooling, was amazing. Servers, bow down. And other restaurants, keep and eye out for him and drop him your card. He's destined for better things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    magikareno
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    I was disappointed with the service at this restaurant. The waiter spilled water on our table and never wiped it up. We ordered a cheese/meat board but they never explained what was on the board. I requested extra bread for the board, but it never arrived and I had to ask twice. Food was decent but a bit overpriced, there are other brunch places nearby that are a better value.
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  • Good, could have been great.
    maximman121
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Well designed, food well seasoned, well stocked bar, pleasant service. Missed on a few things: 1) Boxed pasta being served 2 blocks north of Di Palos. (this is just an oops, the marginal cost to get the fresh stuff is tiny) 2) Half of my girlfriend's clams (linguine ala vongole) were closed. Being a sweetie, she didn't want to say anything. 3) Horrible paper in the washrooms left your hands smelling like arts & crafts That said, the food was really well cooked, and the drinks we had were well prepared. We would come back, we'd probably just get something that wasn't pasta.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE this place.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This my regular whenever I am in the city for brunch. Love the dishes and the Boozy Brunch......the staff is friendly and always amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.