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Oct 6, 2009 08:44 AM

Momofuku Ko - reservation road detour

Have any of you hounds had any luck or heard of anyone just showing up at Momofuku Ko without a res and snagging a seat?

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  1. That's not going to happen. The website pretty much assures that any cancellations are snapped up pretty quickly.

    1. When they first opened, I walked in and asked if they took walk-ins. They politely (but firmly) told me no. It was before their reservation system was so well known. Granted it was ages ago, but they almost seemed amused - here comes a kooky local?

      I'm curious, do you ever see an empty seat at Ko? There must be some last minute cancellations and the occasional no show...

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      1. re: hungrycomposer

        I've scoured the website but cannot figure out how far in advance reservations can be made on-line. Can anyone help?

        1. re: EarlyDrive

          10 am, six days in advance. If you logged in this morning, you would have a chance for a reservation next Monday, Oct. 12.

          To the OP, there are no seatings. The reservations are staggered throughout the entire night.

      2. I am a born and bred nyer but now am an out of towner - but i will give it a try tonight --- the vagaries of life sometime can even cause a sophisticated and much hallowed res system to breakdown once in awhile - maybe thew stars will line up - call me crazy -- but do you know how many sittings or is it just 1
        thanks !

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        1. re: porkchampnc

          There's really no chance that's going to work. Keeping an eye on the reservations for tonight, looking for a cancellation, would be a better way to go. In fact -- no joke, right now there is a 9:20 reservation available for tonight for 1 person (good luck).

          1. re: big o

            i dont know, i have tried every tuesday at 10:00 am (well, I sign in at 9:50 am) for over 2 months and have never gotten lucky. a couple of times i've seen the mythical green checks (for open) but when i click, they are already sad.

          2. re: porkchampnc

            Nothing available for tonight (unless you've snagged the 9:20 resy listed below); there is a 9:30 solo res. available for Saturday night. Don't walk in without a reservation; you'll only get turned away. (I've seen it a number of times; I've also seen some people try to simply run in and grab a seat before the staff can stop them; they get told to leave).

            1. re: ellenost

              Ellenost, did you ever see an empty seat?

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                I've never seen an empty seat at either lunch or dinner in the past year.