Momofuku Ko - Counter Seating

4.8
381 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 381 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très créatif. Excellente expérience.

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SG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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ES
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
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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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good Restaurant, very good food, good drinks. Too expensive for serving what they serve.
The food was really good thats the fact but for 500 dollars is too much.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I've been to many New York Michelin starred restaurants with expensive tasting menus -- Eleven Madison, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Le Bernadin -- and never have I had dishes that were truly not delicious. Of the 10 courses at Ko, a solid 50% were not good. My date literally didn't eat two of them. The main course, dry aged lamb, was tough to the point of inedible and what's worse you can watch them cooking and making mistakes. Our lamb was left to rest, usually a 5-10 minute process, for over an hour. It ended up rubbery and flavorless. When paying $350 for a meal, before drinks, that's unacceptable. Of the things we ate only two were memorable -- a smoked egg and caviar dish that David Chang over a decade ago -- and a marmelade tart with cheese. That's it. The rest were, at best, fine. I will never return and would never recommend this restaurant. There are options for 1/3 the price -- I'd suggest Contra -- that are twice or three times as good.

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing short of a top-tier culinary experience. David Chang outdoes himself with the Ko version of his Momofuku franchise. 14 courses of incredibly creative and impeccably executed dishes. My personal favorite was the first of the dessert courses: foie gras, lychee and riesling jelly in a graham crisp cup, covered in grated foie. Unexpected and delightful explosion of flavour in your mouth.

The staff are top notch and clearly well-trained. Throughout the service, you are witness to the true meaning of teamwork, from the chefs behind the counter to the bus staff filling your water and taking away your dishes. The consistent service delivery and the attention to detail were astounding, I cannot compliment the team enough.

Congratulations guys on delivering an incredible experience, as much in the kitchen as in the dining room (counter). Keep up the great work!

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h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive food, lovely staff. The setting -sitting at the counter watching the chefs work is amazing fun. A really wonderful experience for a special occasion.

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

Everything is nice.......

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An perfect experience of dinning

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

literally mind blown, flavors I never could have imagine.

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PP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfreakingbelievable. Worth every pretty penny

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super super friendly and welcoming experience, better then almost all the counter seat experience I have ever had. Definitely will come back with friends. Ps: music choices are bomb, want their playlists! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beyond Expectations. We wrapped up watching all episodes of Ugly Delicious through Netflix. Generally, too much-marketed restaurants have disappointed us. but, I cautiously chose Momofuku Ko for my husband's birthday, and We both enjoyed the full-package of Gastronomy. Especially I was impressed by the experimental and unconventional approaches to integrate Western & Eastern ingredients and how to push the boundaries on Culinary Art. My favorites are Grilled Scallops, floating in Basil soup with Pineapple flavor (Genius! See photo) and Eggplant pudding with Chocolate & Shi chuan style- Black bean source (Innovative! ) For every epicure like my husband, Momofuku ko is one of restaurants where you must eat BEFORE YOU DIE.

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

Excellent food and service!

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OW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Destination restaurant. The prix fixe tasting menu at the bar with drink pairing was one of the most spectular culinary dining tasting experiences I've ever encountered. Each tasting is masterfully created. Nothing overpowering or overcooked--subtle, yet amazing. Every bite worth slowly savoring and appreciating. I flew from Seattle to NYC to see one play and have this dining experience, and I must say, Ko is a worthy destination onto itself. This is a splurge---nearly $500 for the dinner and paired tastings--so be prepared ahead of time for this --even if you can only afford to to this once in a lifetime. If you appreciate the exquisite food preparation, you won't be disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started at the bar, and enjoyed a cocktail and the cold fried chicken. All staff, management, and chefs were very courteous and hospitable. The tasting menu and beverage pairing did not disappoint. A very memorable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. My wife and I love spending anniversaries here

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal we've ever had. The thought that went into every dish was spectacular; each bite was an explosion of creativity and freshness. Waiters and chefs paid attention to every action we took and wanted to make sure we were happy and pleased, willing to adjust for us at any moment. It was truly a divine evening. We had counter seating that allowed us the amazing experience of watching chefs make our food in front of us. We can't believe we had such a fabulous, thoughtful, delightful meal and we can't stop talking about it to our family and friends! Bravo and thank you. We will be back!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty amazing and well worth the price. Tip is included in the $255. I've been to two of the other Momofuku restaurants and this is by far my favorite one. Every dish was delicious and the service was excellent. I look forward to coming back with friends. I was served around 11 courses and each one was staged so that my palate was not overwhelmed. I tried things I'd never had before (sea urchin and lobster crudo) and discovered that I'm fan.

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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best tasting menu

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience with delicious food and excellent service

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of our lives. The service and food were perfect. Can’t think of anything that would make this place better. HIGHLY recommend!

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, the best meal of my life. Impeccable service too. 100% worth it.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not say enough great things about our experience! It would be a 9.8/10 with the only minor return of feedback referring to the wine pairing - while wonderful beverages were selected, the portion control was miserly and left you feeling like you had a thimbleful of a tasting. But even that could not mar the extremely fabulous experience. I can still recite the entire menu of 12 plates as each dish was so distinct and the combinations of flavors was new and fresh. The staff were beyond professional and highly capable. An unparalleled dining experience even in NYC that walked all over The French Laundry!!

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VB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food, service but the price is really a way to high. We paid near a 1k for a dinner for two. Come to Montreal and you will get the same even better for 350-400$

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EL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was mind blowingly great with tremendous originality. An extraordinary experience.

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CC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & Great team, very knowledgeable without arrogance.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal at Ko. Service is excellent, you’ll feel like there’s one staff per one customer.

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CD
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was sublime. It drips creativity and lives as a gorgeous extrapolation of the ‘high-end’ meets ‘low-end’ credo that made David Chang’s restaurants famous. In two Michelin star-land, the talented chefs expand this philosophy by smashing together more disparate flavors and executing more delicate textures and preparations. Some highlights: A fried chicken oyster with caviar that might skew predictable but the combination proves to capture just the right amount of 3am fridge-lit magic to transcend. A unimpressive-looking bowl of smashed tomatoes, broken rice with dollops of Uní knocked every one of us off our feet. The chefs are brilliant to pair the complex umami sweetness in the Catalonian-inspired smashed tomatoes with the similar umami profile of the uni. Over a bed of texturized broken rice, it felt indulgent, new and somehow like something we always knew. The service set a new personal bar for me as to how good it could be. We traveled with my pregnant wife and they made accomodating her food restrictions seem more like a creative challenge than a nuisance. We continued to have a discussion as the meal progressed and it felt like they wanted to make sure she was comfortable with every decision. The substitutions were so brilliant they often met or surpassed the brilliance of the traditional dish. Bravo to the Ko team for their humble brilliance and welcoming spirit.

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best current options in New York.

Tasting menu is amazing. Great execution and really creative plates.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was quite the experience. Everything was delicious with surprise after surprise. I wish there were some items we could re-order a la cart!

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A memorable experience. The food was exceptionally creative and delicious. The service and presentation were wonderful. It’s expensive but worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing

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