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Dec 1, 2011 11:37 PM

Momofuku with a nut allergy

Is it possible to take full advantage of a meal at any or all of the Momofukus with a severe nut allergy? I am painfully aware that high-end places use peanut oil to roast their meats (pork belly, duck etc.) and stya away from most of the places in Chinatown for this reason. Just wondering if I should pass on David Changs places- I do not enjoy going to restaurants and passing on the highlights due to my allergies.


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  1. They typically cook with grapeseed oil but do use treenuts on occasion as garnish and in desserts.

    Overall they are pretty good at helping you order if you have an allergy.

    The biggest signature dish that's going to be a problem is the shaved foie gras at Ko which has a pinenut brittle.

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

    1. If you're going to Momofuku Ko, as long as you indicate in the notes area when you make your reservation that you have a nut allergy, they should be able to accomodate you. My sister doesn't eat pork, and they've never had any problem making changes to her menu to accomodate her.

      If you dine at Ma Peche, let your server know about your allergy, and he/she will check with the kitchen to let you know what are the "safe" dishes. (I was at Ma Peche last night and there was a woman at the next table who told her waiter that she doesn't like cilantro, and the waiter was able to steer her to the "safe" dishes).

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

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