Momofuku Ko - Counter Seating

4.8
412 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
[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 Thursday 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Friday and 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
What 412 People Are Saying
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New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was very attentive. The food was good, interesting blend of textures and flavors but the desserts were a disappointment. There were 3 of us in the party and none of us enjoyed the wild rice ice cream with seaweed(my husband and I took a little taste and my daughter passed entirely) and the 2nd dessert was a mandarin tart tartin (but it was baked as a round circular individual dessert -but each person's serving was a half of one-a little tacky at this price point to not bake and serve individual portions but presented to diner as an obvious cut half of a round tart......onto which they shaved cheese over it....presentation could definitely have been better. As for the rest of the dinner, I guess I have had better sushi ( one dish was a black seabass sushi wrapped around a green veg) and the Maine uni with chickpea puree was good(but again have had better uni). One of the mains was cod with butternut squash.....it was ok- not something to be wowed by. And the feature dish of duck breast was also ok- the meat was tender but the skin and fat were a chewy texture and the accompanying mushroom lacked flavor.

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GC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered to the moment we left, it lived up to the hype and then some. Utterly fantastic experience and meal.

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C
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This 2 service system is not good. We were almost kicked out (they bring the bill even before you ask for it) since our table was booked for the second round of service.

This is sad in a 2* restaurant where you would lîke to spend the evening.

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EC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. From the very first time I ever ate here at the original location. Every time and I mean every time I visit NYC, I eat here. One of my all time favorite places in the world to eat.

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! We make an extra trip every year to visit Momofuku Ko. It never disappoints!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!!!

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New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I used to dine a Ko a lot. It was very exciting with excellent, new dishes along with a few regulars.
Now there are more regulars and the entire meal is merely very good.
It may be that the chef de cuisine was not in the house..
The music used to be fun. Now it's just loud.
The attitude of the support staff from when you arrive until you leave is unndessarily unwelcoming. So much millennial vibe.
The wines are superb and this is the only thing left of the Ko that I used to know.
Not going back so fast. Too bad.

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Unforgettable experience. The beef and peppercorn is the best beef I’ve ever tasted

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were happy to eat at Ko, beautifull dishes and very tastefull. The showcooking is a nice extra to the cool environment! Overall we had a superb diner!

The only important remark we can make is : ‘cool should not be chilled’. We were seated in the corner close to the door and it felt uncomfortable cold. We mentioned this and was anticipated very kindly with a blanked (so probably not the first time someone complained), but no other seating was offered. I booked the restaurant 30days in advance, so it wasn’t a last minute...

Rudy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Honestly i was disappointed. I went to three 2 star restaurants in 3 days with my mother who was visiting and this was our least favourite. Dishes are overpowered by one ingredient every time, the duck dish is a lot to take as part of a 15 course dinner. The fois gras dish was the highlight i have to say but nothing else is really memorable. The music was blasting and we could hardly hear the waiters telling us what we were eating let alone have a conversation. Im surprised this place got their second star renewed. You can find much better fine dining with an edge in the city for the same or cheaper.

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NY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except the music choices, played mostly rap which was not the demographic of the people eating

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Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best tasting menus I have ever had. Definitely the best duck I have ever had. The presentation of the food was lovely. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of my life.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally worth the investment. Amazing experience!

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

Everyone was super friendly and personable. Truly cared about how we were enjoying the experience and loved that we were celebrating our anniversary with them. The food was obviously incredible!

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was not perfect, but memorable. Give it a try.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

The dishes at Momofuku Ko were unique and well presented but, unfortunately, no single dish was exceptional. We left just full enough, but we were quite underwhelmed with the experience. Honestly, if this menu was around 150pp i'd maybe go back, but it wasn't anywhere near worth the cost when compared to what you would get at an equivalent. Also, the drinks list needs work - a limited selection and the not having non-alcoholic beverages (coffee etc) included in the degustation cost was a total suprise and quite frankly, a little tacky. The staff did put in effort to connect with us, but it felt quite forced and that everyone was trying to create some sort of "experience", i'm still not sure what it was though.. We left feeling confused by the evening and, to me, it was all very manipulated and lacked heart. I'm sorry to say that I would not reccomend this for a special evening to remember.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! And original.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch. Excellent food, friendly service, wonderful to see the chefs at work and to interact with them. We had the wine pairing, which was very exciting as they have two different teas and a sake. It was beautiful. The service could not have been friendlier, we got a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for our anniversary. It made the occasion all the more special.

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R
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at the counter. Staff calm and professional. Lighthearted and engaging. Lovely to see them enjoy their work allowing us to enjoy our food even more seeing their passion. The music hit all the right notes for a fantastic evening with my daughter and wife. Perfect combinations of food, family, staff, and environment. Only thing was a touch cold but was offered nice warm blanket. The way me pairing helped too! Thank you for the memorable evening!

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WZ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Savoury is average, no wow factor. Dessert is superb.
I think the food was revolutionary when they first started. but no longer compelling to try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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OF
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly unforgettable experience that will be your new benchmark for genius food and excellent service...to the detriment of most other restaurants.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the open kitchen cinematic, but the people working here left the most lasting impression. Every single person, chefs, servers, captains - were all so engaging, warm and friendly. Chefs answered questions while they worked (under pressure) sharing technique and ingredient information. Servers were both personal and conversational yet invisible when necessary. Everyone made us feel so welcome. Hospitality Perfected!!!!

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Overrated and truly bad value for money. Good wine list but very arrogant sommelier.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming and did not disappoint. Wonderful food and great service. Did not leave hungry and worth every cent.

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DP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 12 courses (actually, 14 if you include the palate cleanser and special birthday dessert) were beyond our expectations. My partner and I travelled from Toronto to New York for this unique experience, and are glad that we did because we were blown away! Service was impeccable- from the minute we were greeted by the Maitre D at the door, to the minute we left. The team is young, extremely professional, and know how to go out of their way to make their guests feel special. Dinner for two plus beverages will easily run you almost a month’s rent, but that’s to be expected with the quality and service provided at this Michelin- star restaurant. We also received souvenir copies of the menu, complementary digestivos from the manager, and miniature desserts to take home- which were all lovely touches! Go for a special occasion, go with an open mind, and go HUNGRY! This was an experience we will never forget, and we hope to be back the next time we’re in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très créatif. Excellente expérience.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my fiance for her birthday and she said it was her best birthday ever so that pretty much says it all. She is gluten free so instead of a birthday cake, they gave her a birthday steak! You are made to feel very special by everyone working there and the music is on point. Wish we could go once a month...future goals.

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a once in a lifetime experience! Everything about Momofuku Ko was perfect! From the food to the drink pairing, presentation, music and staff, we were blown away. The staff was extremely friendly, energetic and knowledgeable, making the experience that much better. We would highly recommend!

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MW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Amazing waitstaff, everyone from the kitchen we spoke to was great. Food was very disappointing, as was the pairing. For the price a total joke, would not recommend certainly never returning. Stick with the Momofuku Noodle Bar fried chicken dinner!

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ES
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was most impressed with the Originality of the recipes involved in each dish. I also was totally blown away at how spot on the wine and tea pairings with each course were for me. Very attentive to details here. Exquisite sensibility to Mel flavours together sensibly and creatively. Very unique meal, multiple courses was nicel times. Server was sincerely interested in my liking my experience overall. Which I loved!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals and experiences with some of the best staff in a restaurant I’ve ever encountered! Couldn’t recommend it enough!

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AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had for a long time.
Everything was superb! Thank you

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CK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny and beyond the hype. Counter seating is amazing because you get to watch preparation and chat with the team.

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FC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time we celebrated a birthday and wanted to him to experience something different and unique. The entrance was different from the last time we dined here about 2 years ago. The counter seating had enough space not to be over crowded, but enough space not to be on top of the chefs. I enjoyed most of the dishes and always happy to hear chef explain what was served. The interaction with the chef was good, but I think I would like more interaction, but that is me. Part of the experience is to learn how they sourced the foods. I do like when they explain how something is prepared. 2 ingredients that surprised me was with a dish that had shaved frozen fois gras and the other dish with wild rice ice cream. It amazes me how much food is served and I would love more of a particular dish, but there is a progression to be had, and unfortunately, eating one dish too much can impact the next dish. Overall, I would definitely visit again!

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R
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was okay but

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, cocktails, wine and staff super friendly!

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VT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Must try in NYC. Thanks for a great time.

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Z
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had high expectations for Momofuku Ko and it easily surpassed expectations. The tasting menu was creative, well-executed and most importantly delicious. Each course was different from the last & constructed in the perfect progression.
The meal started with a single "sour cream and onion" chip (pomme soufflé). Served warm and freshly fried with a cool sour cream filling! This starter is the reason you should never judge a book by its cover; I never would've expected a "chip" to be one of my favorite bites … ever. Other highlights include the Razor clam, apple & basil consommé - masterfully balancing the sweet, sour, savory and umami tastes. The Chicken Oyster was fried to golden perfection. Delicate, rich, melt in your mouth chicken! The Wild Rice and Kombu ice cream was a textural masterpiece of creamy yet crisp flavors...and just one of the exquisite desserts.
The staff was super friendly and genuine. They explained the dishes, answered questions, chatted and made the experience memorable. Ko is a relaxed environment with great music and an inviting vibe. A refreshing detour from some of the pretentious high-end restaurants that are overly concerned with following the "rules". If you get the opportunity to visit Momofuku Ko, take it. You won't be disappointed!

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