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chewbie Aug 26, 2011 07:44 AM

Not that I don't like surprises, but I'm going to lunch at Ko tomorrow and it'll be my first time there. I'd be interested in hearing about any recent experiences there. Thanks very much!

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

  1. ellenost Aug 26, 2011 09:26 AM

    Here's my most recent report from early June:

    Another fantastic lunch at Ko on Saturday. Here's what was on the menu:

    1) amuses: oyster; mussel soup; carrot purée with hackleback caviar in pommes souffle.

    2) diced octopus, green tomato and country ham in spoon

    3) sashimi: sea bream with fish scales; branzino; Spanish mackerel with beets; scallop with poppyseed.

    4) trio of vegetables: spring onion filled with rice porridge; Japanese
    eggplant; kimchi asparagus.

    5) kimchi gelee consommé with spring vegetables. Gorgeous and tasty.

    6) mixed mushroom salad (tempura and grilled) with candied cashews and a side cup of mushroom consommé with chive oil. Excellent.

    7) puffed egg in bacon broth. Creamier texture-better.

    8) bento box: rice rolled with pork fat; soft shell crab tempura in hand roll with house made XO sauce: uni with pea shoots and
    melon balls in chilled dashi; and mustard greens.

    9) ricotta dumplings in fried chicken consommé with fried chicken skin and ramps. Fabulous.

    10) trout with radishes over diced potato salad. Fabulous.

    11) charcuterie: rabbit Terrine; smoked lamb and sliced pig head terrine. Not for me--nothing wrong with it, but I don't care for either rabbit or pig's head anything.

    12) chicken breast stuffed with chicken thigh stuffing and asparagus. Lovely.

    13) marscapone cheese with gelee. Light.

    14) foie gras torchon with lychee, pinenut brittle and riesling gelee.

    15) English pea ice cream with white chocolate foam and goat butter pound cake. Interesting.

    16) white miso ice cream with toasted black rice and sticky white rice in waffle cone.

    17) onigiri to take home.

    Service was (as always) friendly and attentive. Chefs were very friendly and informative.

    Fantastic way to spend an afternoon.

    Note to self: need to do this more often.

    P.S. I'm returning to Ko next weekend for another lunch, so I'd be interested to hear from you about changes to the lunch menu. Thanks.

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

    10 Replies
    1. re: ellenost
      c
      chewbie Aug 26, 2011 10:10 AM

      thanks!

      1. re: chewbie
        ellenost Aug 26, 2011 10:49 AM

        I was just checking the Ko reservation system and it looks like Ko may be closed for both lunch and dinner tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. I had noticed this morning that a few seats were available for lunch this weekend. You may wish to contact them to see whether they will be open this weekend.

        1. re: ellenost
          c
          chewbie Aug 26, 2011 02:57 PM

          They called and cancelled on me :-(

          1. re: ellenost
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            pbjluver Aug 26, 2011 04:28 PM

            NYC Transit is shutting down Sat. afternoon
            How do you expect all the workers to get to the restaurant?

            1. re: pbjluver
              ellenost Aug 26, 2011 04:38 PM

              Neither the Ko team nor their guests will be able to travel this weekend. All of the Broadway shows have cancelled performances too. Ko has updated their website indicating they'll be closed due to the storm. I imagine many restaurants will be closed too.

              1. re: ellenost
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                nmprisons Aug 26, 2011 04:49 PM

                ushg did the same

                1. re: nmprisons
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                  filet_minion Aug 26, 2011 05:46 PM

                  Other announced weekend closings on Facebook and Twitter:

                  Per Se and Bouchon Bakery
                  Jacques Torres
                  Aldea
                  Bar Boulud
                  Boulud Sud
                  Luke's Lobster
                  Benoit Bistro
                  Craft
                  Craftbar
                  Colicchio and Sons

                  I heard a rumor that Fairway will close at 10 am tomorrow? Curiously, there are several restaurants still accepting reservations for tomorrow evening on Opentable, including:

                  Bouley
                  Brushstroke
                  Cafe Boulud
                  Ciano
                  Dovetail
                  Fatty Crab
                  Jean Georges
                  Kajitsu
                  La Silhouette
                  La Sirene
                  Lupa
                  Molyvos
                  Peasant
                  Public
                  Resto
                  Soto
                  Strip House
                  The Harrison
                  Tocqueville
                  WD-50
                  Wolfgang's

                  This list will probably change though.

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                  Per Se
                  10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                  Jacques Torres
                  350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                  Cafe Boulud
                  20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

                  Soto
                  357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

                  Bouchon Bakery
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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

                  Tocqueville
                  1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  Resto
                  111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

                  Molyvos
                  871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                  Fairway Market
                  2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  Craftbar
                  900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

                  Craft
                  43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

                  Wolfgang's
                  4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  Wolfgang's
                  409 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                  The Harrison
                  355 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                  Peasant
                  194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                  Jacques Torres
                  285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

                  Public
                  210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                  Fatty Crab
                  643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                  Dovetail
                  103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

                  Bar Boulud
                  1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  La Sirene
                  558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

                  Benoit
                  60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

                  Fatty Crab
                  2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                  Kajitsu
                  414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

                  Ciano
                  45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                  Aldea
                  31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                  Bouley
                  163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                  Strip House
                  13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Luke's Lobster
                  93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                  Colicchio & Sons
                  85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                  Luke's Lobster
                  426 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  La Silhouette
                  362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

                  Wolfgang's
                  200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

                  Luke's Lobster
                  26 William St, New York, NY 10005

                  Brushstroke
                  30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

                  Boulud Sud
                  20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

                  Fairway Market
                  240 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                  1. re: filet_minion
                    ellenost Aug 26, 2011 06:22 PM

                    No wonder there was a line half way down 86th Street to get into Fairway at 5:30 today. Even Food Emporium and Gristedes were packed with long checkout lines.

                    1. re: ellenost
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                      filet_minion Aug 27, 2011 03:17 AM

                      Other announced closings this weekend:

                      15 East
                      ABC Kitchen
                      Blue Water Grill
                      Del Posto
                      Empellon
                      Freemans
                      Gotham Bar and Grill
                      Hearth
                      Junoon
                      Kin Shop
                      Momofuku Milk Bar
                      Otto
                      Peels
                      Perilla
                      Riverpark
                      Rubirosa
                      Telepan
                      Terroir
                      Tocqueville
                      Torrisi Italian Specialties

                      Mario Batali just tweeted that all of his restaurants will be closed this weekend. Presumably that will include:

                      Babbo
                      Bar Jamon
                      Casa Mono
                      Esca
                      Lupa
                      perhaps Eataly?

                      Closed on Sunday:

                      Little Owl
                      Ma Peche
                      Market Table
                      Momofuku Noodle Bar
                      Momofuku Ssam Bar

                      Lyon will remain open this weekend.

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                      15 East
                      15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                      Del Posto
                      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                      1. re: filet_minion
                        loratliff Aug 27, 2011 06:28 AM

                        Public is another one that will be open as well.

                        John Dory Oyster Bar is closed today and tomorrow, but the Breslin and the Spotted Pig are open.

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                        Spotted Pig
                        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                        Public
                        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                        The Breslin
                        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                        The John Dory Oyster Bar
                        1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

      2. f
        filet_minion Aug 27, 2011 08:46 AM

        Updated list of weekend closings:

        All Momofuku restaurants (except Saturday lunch at Ma Peche)
        Bar Americain
        Balthazar
        Little Owl
        Mesa Grill
        Po

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        Po
        31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

        Bar Americain
        152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

        Balthazar
        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Mesa Grill
        102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Momofuku Noodle Bar
        171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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