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Momofuku Ko Lunch Very Disappointing

I was really looking forward to this lunch. It was one of the most disappointing meal I've ever had, especially for the price.

I walk in and the restaurant has to be at least 85. I ask if they can do any thing and they say no. There are 2 waiters who act as if they are doing you a favor by being there. They are not friendly at all, if anything they give off a air of f*** you. My lunch date finally gets them to turn on the AC after a hour and then not much cooler. Besides the waiters bad attitude there is no atmosphere.

The food is just ok. I spent 3 hours there and the only dish I can remember is the Foie Gras. I feel completely ripped off for $175.

If you want a great lunch go to EMP or Jean George skip Momofuku Ko!

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Why did you stay and eat at an 85° restaurant?
    When they say “No” you go.

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    1. re: speyerer

      well for one, Ko takes your credit card info to secure the reservation, so if you walked out you might have to deal with the charge.

      I had an excellent dinner last summer at Ko, though we also had a heat issue.

    2. It took me a year to get the reservations. I came in from Ct.

      With the time and money invested and all the reviews I decided to take the plunge. I guess I drowned!

      1. I've eaten at Ko for both lunch and dinner more than a dozen times throughout the year (quite a few times during the summer months). It's not that warm inside the restaurant. You must have forgotten that the magic of Ko is that you're eating in the kitchen (things can get a bit warm, but certainly no where near to what you are exaggerating. BTW, I've actually seen some women wear wraps because the've felt chilly. I've alway found the staff to be very friendly and professional. Too bad you didn't appreciate Ko. EMP is one of my other favorite restaurants.

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        1. re: ellenost

          I assume you've never been in a place like an office bullding, restaurant, apartment, etc where the HVAC system has broken and the heat is stuck at 90 even though the thermostat is set at 70.

          1. re: Ricky

            I have never experienced a temperature problem (either cold or hot) regardless of the time of year I dined/lunched at Ko (and yes, I've certainly experienced HVAC problems in the office/stores so I do recognized excessive heat or cold). Again, I have never experienced an attitude problem from any of the staff at Ko; they've always been very nice/friendly/professional/knowledgeable.

            1. re: ellenost

              Ellen..have you been there lately to try the new menu?

              1. re: RayP

                Not yet. I try to go every two months to see how the menu has changed. I'll try to go back next month.

                1. re: ellenost

                  I'm supposed to go Sunday..I'll let you know.

        2. I'm one of those people who just doesn't deal with heat very well. The last time I went to Ko was last summer: my upper body was pretty toasty yet my legs wear chilly as they were blasting the A/C to compensate. The heat is one of those unavoidable issues when essentially seated in the kitchen.

          However, if they were attitude-y, there's no excuse for that. I've been a couple of times and the staff has always been very pleasant. Sorry you didn't enjoy your experience.