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Ken & Cook
Ken & Cook

Ken & Cook Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kenandcook.com
  • Phone: (212) 966-3058
  • 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: American, Wine Bar, Seafood
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Been to Ken & Cook twice - their food is great! Very cute place - crabcake, oysters, tuna - yummy!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was ok but the service was outstanding !!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Beautiful space in a very cool neighborhood but some of the worst food and most incompetent service I have encountered in a long time."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Service was rude and cocky. Food was mediocre. Ambience was loud. Would not recommend to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "BF loved the fried chicken, their signature plate, bartender, manager, entire team, wonderful. just wonderful perfectly cooked food. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Came here before a show at Bowery Ballroom and loved the happy hour specials, had dinner and the pappardelle was outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Very cute place, food was good but nothing really special. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Were really accommodating. Food and wine were really good."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Have eat here twice while on business in the city. Both experiences have been great. Good food, and wine and excellent service."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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....."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My husband and I had a GREAT time there! The food & service were fantastic. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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 :("
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Ken & Cook never disappoints. The service is always above and beyond -- our server was such a joy and so kind and helpful. The food is wonderful as well and the vibe is a perfect mix of laid back cool while still maintaining a fun energy. Go on Mondays of course to top your night off downstairs at Lil' Charlies."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Service excellent, food very good, wine tasty and with a very generous pour. Scene was fun but comfortable, festive but not loud. Warm lighting, friendly crowd. It could have been pretentious, but it wasn't at all. I would defintiely go back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food is good although we didn't try much on the menu - shared a couple of appetizers. Went for a late dinner with a friend. Scene is great. Lots of young people and and crowded."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "food is good - service is definitely hit or miss - but the outdoor seating is great and maxim is the sweetest person/bartender in town"
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "GREAT fried chicken. oysters so so and alot of menu overpriced. We chose carefully and were happy. Not a palce for everyday for me"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "Me and my gf took my parents there for their 43 yr wedding anniversary. Everyone enjoyed it. It's definitely a place I would go back to with a group of friends and then go the lounge downstairs."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "I didn't like anythig! The was commun. The ambience wasn't good. And service..."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Just another trying-to-be-hot spot with expensive so-so food, loud music, and Euro crowd. The menu is as uninspired in person as it appears online (no specials to look forward to, at least not dinner). The oysters were watery and mushy - i suspect they'd been previously frozen, and the short ribs were on the bland side. The layout is the worst part: impossibly narrow aisles in the dining area and at the bar so you're crashing into people, tables, and stools the moment you stand up or enter the place. However, the cocktails were expertly made and the service was warm and attentive. If you can get past the overpriced mediocre grub and deafening music without bruising your ribcage or knees on all the stabby furniture, then knock yourself out."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "I had the linguini and clams, macaroni and cheese and fried chicken... All delicious!!! I've gone there twice already and they will be seeing me again...."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Got there early so had HH oysters, it was small and shell bites everywhere! We got the restaurant week menu and unlike other restaurants in the city, they were not skimpy. The squid with yogurt sauce was pretty good, although I would've preferred it to be grilled. Friend had asparagus soup, creamy and rich, worth trying. We also had the linguine with clams, fried chicken and salmon. The salmon with asparagus broth was the best, grilled to crispy perfection without overcooking the salmon and the broth was delish. Fried chix was overfried and linguine was not al dente."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "Best wait staff in the city. Super friendly but chill. Simple menu which I always prefer."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "The restaurant is simply too loud, and the noise even extends to the sidewalk. This is not a place for an intimate date or a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Great looking restaurant, ok food (but nothing memorable, particularly for the price), and, despite an extremely friendly bartender, service that seemed spotty and lackluster."
    Dined on 7/24/2013