Momofuku Ko - Counter Seating

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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
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WL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing like always

OT
Denver
160 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not like any other Michelin 2 Star restaurant we have ever tried...fun, innovative, and very un-French! The food and service were definitely beyond excellent, though. The food just kept getting more unique as the evening progressed: everything was super-fresh, and the flavor combinations were just incredible. The space was intimate, but we never felt crowded. It was really unique to watch each dish being prepared. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had had a terrible day thanks to flight delays, plane trouble, runway construction, and the mess that is LaGuardia. We left the airport right when our reservation should have been seating. Having called ahead and talk with the staff about what was going on and hoping they could hold our reservation, we made a mad dash for the restaurant. We walked in with suitcases, 45 mins after our scheduled time, and were treated like family. It was wonderful to taken care of so well, even when we had inconvenienced the staff. They turned a terrible day into a purely enjoyable evening. Thank you to the staff that made us feel at ease, gave us an enjoyable meal, and were nothing but professional hospitality masters.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Cozy and fun

w
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit here and enjoyed every course on the menu. Saw some classics from prior visits, but also got quite a few new dishes that were absolutely wonderful. Dungeness crab doughnut and 30 day aged strip loin were delicious. Bravo!

RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best culinary experiences I have ever had!

G
Chicago
326 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical, memorable dining experience. The staff are super friendly and really enhance the meal. The dining room is beautiful, unique and very comfortable; love being in the heart of the action at the counter and watching the chefs preparing your food. The food is extremely creative, top quality ingredients, interesting, perfectly executed and most of all delicious - from the opening bites through dessert. Fantastic wine program; tried some amazing wines with the pairing. Highly recommend Ko!

c
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Ko to super rich friends who like great music.

We went as a special birthday weekend of eating at David Chang’s restaurants and we thought Noodle Bar far superior in terms and flavor and value. The service at Ko was impeccable, almost spooky in its prescience and timing. The food was certainly beautiful and interesting but just not so delicious that the $510 price tag was worth it. Two of the 12-13 dishes were outstanding — the Danish yellowtail and the egg. The others were just a little too salty. The three courses with fried elements — the lobster roll, the chive potato pillow things, and the crab donut had good flavor but they were all cold. All of them. We saw the next diners’ donuts sitting for 12 minutes after leaving the fryer.

We love funky flavors, but every single course had something funky — too relentless, especially combined with the aggressive salt.

We wanted to be wowed, especially since my husband loves DC: listens to his podcast, reads about him, and follows him on social media.

We will be back to the Noodle Bar but we regret the splurge at Ko.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating here met every bit of hype that comes with it. The food was life-changingly good and the staff made you feel like family.

JF
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great service. I wouldn’t go with the wine pairing again, though. It was too much. Even though the pours are small, there are a LOT of them.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best meals I've had in my life. Service, food, everything.

FD
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening here was a revelation - regarding the amazing food, the personal and relaxed service and the innovative drink menu accompanying the food.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit here and just as amazing as our first. The menu was mostly different items but equally delicious. Service is outstanding. Music was too loud but I'm old and old people think all music is too loud. Lol

AA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, and gracious informative service. An outstanding evening. Plus, the best bottle of Sake I have ever had and I'm 71!! So I have had a few bottles of Sake in my time.

BN
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from start to finish. I loved the beverage pairings -- nice variety of red, white, sparkling, beer and sake. Service was outstanding and the fact that service is included was a pleasant surprise (I see now it's noted on the website, but I had not noticed.) I was dining solo and the counter is a fantastic place to watch all the kitchen action with never a boring moment.

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was beautifully presented and yummy. The place is kind of hard to find if u take taxi because they don’t know where “extra pl” is. Love the ambience and decor and service was excellent. Would definitely go again !

NB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a cool experience! Food was amazing. The place was amazing. The staff was amazing!

DA
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is innovative and delicious. I’ve done my fair share of tasting menus and left hungry but not here! Also the wine pairing is excellent - very thoughtful and really brings out flavor in both the food and wine. I’d come back here again when I am in NYC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Maybe the best experience in NYC now.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food. Service is not great. For the price you pay, you should not have to grab someone’s attention for drinks menu.
And for the price you pay, when a dish is supposed to come with a basket of bread, you shouldn’t have to remind someone that they forgot to give it to you.

CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once in a lifetime extravaganza! Incredible! Now we're hooked on white sturgeon cavier!

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting was great - only a small number of people sitting at a bar around the preparation area. The food was eclectic but delicious. The atmosphere was more casual than most other starred restaurants, but staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a culinary experience. I would highly recommend a dinner. The service and food were top shelf.
Try it you will love it.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

YM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible, personalized service, creative food, and impressive wine pairings.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great food from start to finish! Wish I was able to take a slice of that peach pie home with me

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome food! The tastes are so straight forward, and honest, and pure!
The wine (which we ordered by the bottle) was so lovely and fitted perfectly with the dishes!
The staff is absolutely jovial, open and helpful!
The vibe is just awesome!
We'll be back!

l
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In NYC? You must go... period. Amazing experience and food to die for. Perfect execution and staff.

BR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable decor, service and food. I would highly recommend you spend a few extra bucks to experience this....experience.

Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This is THE WORST Michelin two stars I have ever tried in my entire life. The food was just terrible. Definitely not worth it. NEVER TRY!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable. Words can’t do this place justice. Just go.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

out of this world amazing. we had a great time. We loved hearing first hand from the chefs about the meal.

the entire team was great!

Sitting at the counter and watching them cook and prep the food was amazing.

r
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I came in with extremely high hopes for an unreal dining experience. I knew this would be something I do just once while in nyc and made reservations based on a friend who had the best meal of his life. With so many dining options in nyc for the price I expected much more. First I enjoyed the intimate venue and the open kitchen The Somm was spot on with great wine recommendations. However perhaps my expectations were just too high. The music was too loud to hear the descriptions of each dish. After 2 tasting menus at Gary danko and 10000 waves in Santa Fe I would sadly place mr Chang’s experience not on par with those 2. I do understand the menu recently changed and this may just reflect my individual taste but each course was interesting but only one or two outstanding. I found the slow roasted ribeye a bit over done without the flavor I expected from well aged beef. Personally I would only recommend 2 or three of the courses as quite outstanding. Again it was by no means a terrible experience but with so many options in nyc I could not recommend momofuku ko without reservations to others for a dining destination worth the price.

BH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from A - Z. Service perfect and many flavour surprises. Will definitely return!

DF
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juxtapositions begin to flow in harmony until it becomes one with everything is what Momofuko Ko means to me. Maybe I am overreaching, but if you observe the yin and yang symbol swirl into one gray spot and the boundary of the symbol dissolves with what is outside of the boundary until it is a part of everything. This is my dining experience at Momofuku Ko. It is done brilliantly, as each dish presents a couple of initial ideas that are inherently different that come together and gives birth to something novel, which blends into you and then what is around you. In the culinary world one could call it fusion, however, this experience transcends this notion and makes me think of entropy.

The exquisite Danish yellowtail with cubanelle, dashi and aspic served after the four amuse-bouches is one example. It is presented in the spirit of sushi while purposefully offering a thought of the Nordic region. The first bite brought nostalgia of headcheese, which is a personal experience and very possibly accidental. After some reflection, now the food is absorbed within me, and its molecules are not simply something that disappears or rents space in you. The food helps me think, move and cause “accidental” interactions with the world such as sharing this. Now you have read this and it continues to blend into the universe, as you will have your own experiences that you will share or not share. Hence, it becomes something new, as it continues to morph with its old parts within.

An edgy world-class dining experience is to be expected at Momofuku Ko. All dishes could be someone’s favorite, and my personal highlights were ko egg, hake steamed in cabbage, and the razor clam with pineapple and basil. Lastly, I forgot to capture a photo of the beef and tomato dish, as I got too excited. Sorry. Anyway, I will visit again to experience the wonderful food and friendly staff that makes this a world-class restaurant.

BP
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely incredible experience on every level. Tasting menu is worth every penny. Excellent service and engagement from both FOH and cooks. Take a moment to start up conversation with them and you won’t regret it!! Shoutout to Grace, Matt, Stevie, Gabrielle, and Arthur!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome.

RD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and restaurant. It’s always a very good option to go

c
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing beef!

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