Momofuku Ko - Counter Seating

4.8
316 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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[Momofuku Ko - Counter Seating shows reservations for dining at the kitchen counter for parties of 1 to 4. Please visit Momofuku Ko - Table Seating for table dining of 4 to 6 guests. *PLEASE NOTE THAT KO HAS A SEPARATE A LA CARTE BAR THAT DOES NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS.]

Momofuku Ko serves a set multi-course menu for lunch and dinner in our main dining room along a kitchen counter and two tables. Executive Chef Sean Gray uses seasonal ingredients, and changes the menu frequently based on market availability. Please allow at least 2.5 hours for your meal.

Ko, which means "child of," has two Michelin stars, which it has retained since 2009. In 2014, Ko moved from its original location on 1st Avenue to Extra Place.

For parties of 7 to 14 guests, please contact us for private dining offerings.

MENU $255*
BEVERAGE PAIRING $195*
*Service is included
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday & Saturday, 12:30pm-1:00pm; Sunday (starting March 4th, 2018)
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday: First seating 5:45pm - 6:30pm, Second seating 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Bar: walk in only. Tuesday through Saturday 3:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 203-8095
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Gray
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Momofuku Ko can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 259-5355
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North alley off 1st Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery
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Public transit
F to 2nd Ave;
4,6 to Bleecker St;
B,D,F,M to Broadway - Lafayette;
N,Q,R to Prince St;
J,Z to Bowery
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
316 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
89%
Very Good
7%
Good
2%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good experience, deserve the 2 stars!

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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Worth the price

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New York Area
11 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, inventive fare in a casual, yet refined setting. A must go to spot for any foodie.

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PG
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience. The staff were so attentive and friendly. Of course the food was phenomenal. We had gone to the original Ko many years ago, and this was a wonderful second coming.

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LB
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If only we could afford to come here more often! But you can see why, with so many chefs preparing your food right in front of you. Tip: The wine pairing is more than enough for 2 or 3 people to share. In fact, there is so much wine that 4 moderate drinkers could share it.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , great service and cool ambiance!
It was delicious and innovative food

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New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Been a while since I’ve been to Ko (last went in 2010 at the old location)...the general experience was good but the food was a bit of a let down. The dishes were fairly generic NY Times list selections of things that might be considered “peculiar” but were generally just overly rich and unremarkable. Obviously it’s been a long time (since 2010), but the menu used to be more focused on savory and just all around delicious dishes...that said, the service and ambiance were still fantastic. I personally enjoy the bigger venue relative to the old one but can see the merits of the smaller intimate setting of the old location. Either way though, the service and ambiance exceeded expectations again and made for a very enjoyable experience.

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BB
1 review
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Overall dishes were too salty (even the desserts!) which spoiled this dining experience for us. Very disappointed considering the reputation and price of this restaurant. We won’t be returning or recommending this place.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing dining experience. Have eaten at multiple 1, 2, and 3 Michelin star restaurants in the past month and this was easily my favorite. Highly highly recommend!!

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LL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To the team at Momofuku Ko,

Thank you for such a wonderful and gracious experience at your restaurant. The food, ambiance, and service was impeccable. I loved the open kitchen and the immaculate and precise preparation of our entire meal. We traveled from Texas to have your tasting menu and it is by far the most wonderful meal my partner and I have ever had. From the meticulous plating and presentation, to the incredible staff in the kitchen and on the floor, it was all around an outstanding few hours spent in your company. My hat goes off to every single employee at Momofuku and to the amazing David Chang (fan girl moment).

I thank all of you for your work in making this the prime highlight of our trip to New York City.

With Warm Regards,

Laura Calderon and Trevor Stephenson

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AL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal, one of the best of my life! We had the tasting menu with drinks pairing, all courses and drinks were outstanding. The 6 weeks aged meat was super tender and yummy. The ambiance was great and quite relaxed - nice 80s and rap music - and the service was spot on. Would definitely recommend, even though the price is quite high. Once in a lifetime experience!

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Great food, service and ambiance. 9pm seating was ideal. Stayed until 12:30. Never felt rushed. Everything exquisite and tailored to your tastes.

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SM
London
1 review
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very very good.

For this price it should be somewhere between amazing and wonderful. Which it wasn't.

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GD
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent sushi chef, Cozun. Probably the best I've ever experienced, and I've been in many traditional Japanese sushi restaurants. If you're looking for atmosphere " quote " don't go. If you're looking for amazing skill and amazing food and you're willing to pay the price for such a thing. Please go.

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New England
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Such a splashy fun experience.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the best. I come here every time I visit NYC

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F
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Momofuku Ko. I was there last year as well. The tasting menu dishes changed little. Still great. The counter seats still offer one of the most exciting dining experiences available in NYC. Wine list was comprehensive and service was 5 star worthy. Here's something to improve upon: reduce the amount of weirdness; by that I mean there were flavors from a few of the dishes I don't know whether to consider good or bad. It was my first time trying shrimp tartar; not sure I would try that again. The dry-aged beef slices more than made up for that though.

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G
Chicago
308 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic dining experience. Love the vibe; comfortable seats in a sexy space right in front of the action. Was so much fun watching the chefs work their magic in front of you and they were super friendly anytime we had a question. Not a single dud in the 15 or so courses, most of which were really interesting and/or incredibly delicious. Nice balance between seafood and meats and the desserts were on par with the savories. Just the right amount of food to be well satisfied but not overstuffed. Great service, lots of spacing between parties and a very reasonable value between the intimacy, number of courses and quality of the ingredients. Well worth the splurge.

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Orlando
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahh-mmmaaayy-ZING!

OH THAT RAW PRAWN AND FRIED PRAWN HEAD...
AND THE SIX WEEK AGED SIRLOIN SLICES...
AND THE LYCHEE PINENUT TART WITH FROZEN SHAVED FOIE GRAS....
EVERYTHING WAS SPECTACULAR!

Sorry for the caps. It was that good!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was super attentive and very nice. The food was amazing and the overall experience was fantastic.

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p
Mexico City
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came again after a few years, last time I experienced Ko it was still at the old place with the much smaller counter.
The food was great as always, Ko never disappoints. We opted to share a wine pairing and I must say that some choices are a little funky, very tasty but sometimes hard to fully enjoy. So if adventurous spirits are not your thing, got for a good bottle of wine or sake.
The atmosphere is still pretty great, I kinda liked the old Ko was super intimate and you could speak more to the chef, but this occasion we went with friends, so we were not paying as much attention as other times.
Overall, if you get the chance, do come. It is one of the best tasting menus I´ve had, even the desserts were awesome.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is everything they say!

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SS
1 review
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was impeccable. With a meal at this price point it's hard not to wonder if it's going to be worth it, and it was absolutely worth every penny. My only suggestion would be to turn the music down just a touch. Without written menus, it was hard to really appreciate some of the dishes as we couldn't hear the cook's description. The printed menus given to us at the end of the night were a nice touch to help remember what we'd just experienced.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

about as extraordinary as any meal you could possibly have from top to bottom. an extremely memorable meal made possible by a friendly staff and personable chefs.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. I took my thirteen year old son for lunch on a Sunday. We were visiting NYC on a boys weekend and he got to pick all the activities. He chose M ko after an exhaustive internet search. Per se and Jean Georges lost out. Everyone at the restaurant treated him like a Prince and we got a tour of the kitchens and got to take a picture with the chefs. The food was delicious and inventive. Presentation artful. Deserts were a very interesting mix of sweet and savory. I never would have thought that frozen foie grad could be used for desert. I do not have the wine paring as I was alone with my son but the sommelier was very helpful in pairing a few wines by the glass. These were excellent. I recommend this restaurant without hesitation. I have put it on my favorites list. It is without question a foodies restaurant and has a price tag to match (well worth it.

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A
London
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly exceptional culinary experience from start to finish. A must.

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WT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous experience. Dining there was the only thing planned in our trip from Montana and they did not disappoint. You don't have to be an 'adventurous' eater to enjoy, one or two bites of each dish from the tasting menu is the way to go. Then you can decide how adventurous you truly want to be.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience. Staff was outstanding, with the food inventive and delicious at the same time.

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SJ
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and inspiring food. From the decor to the staff everything was thought out and perfect.

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New York Area
4 reviews
2.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food is very bad. Wine is very bad. Hard liquor is very bad. Good service. Don’t go. By a new TV set and order a pizza.

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1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I became a woman last night at Ko. The hype is real. Be sure to get the wine pairing, it is hands down the best pairing selections I have EVER had accompany a meal.

This place is truly special. A must-do in NYC.

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P
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbe expérience culinaire, dans un cadre très agréable,
avec un service excellent. Un grand plaisir de regarder les plats en train d’être cuisinés sous nos yeux et des saveurs d’une grande originalité.
Nous y retournerons sans aucun doute.

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New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There is a lot of hype around this restaurant. For the price $1000/couple including tip with wine pairings — I’ve had better food. Happy we tried it. Don’t need to go back. Service was amazing.

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JE
London
1 review
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had high expectations of this restaurant and was disappointed. A lot of the dishes were over-salted and one (poached egg with caviar) had no flavour despite being salty as well. Whilst the ambience is great (retro tunes with a great view of food prep, quite buzzing), the service was lacklustre. Dishes and their matched wines were served without any real explanation or guidance. The staff were polite but didn't come across at all interested in my experience. Those things, tied in with the very high price (nearly US$500 for one) left me very unimpressed.

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CW
Chicago
4 reviews
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to all of the Momofuku restaurants and figured we'd give Ko a try for an anniversary dinner. Really nice experience, but the fish/artichoke dish was lacking sadly. For the cost, I wanted to be wowed at every course, but not this time. Still, great dishes otherwise and nice service.

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VL
Miami
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Momofuku Ko! The food was amazing, the service was excellent. I am excited to try all of David Chang's restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality, amazing atmosphere and great to see he chefs do there work

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DP
1 review
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was really inventive and very friendly and the food was not only good but allowed the tasters a chance to experience new and innovative flavor combinations

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