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15 East or Momofuku Ko

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calumin Apr 18, 2012 07:57 PM

Hello, I'm in Manhattan for the weekend and reservations at 15 East at the bar and Momofuku Ko (and can only go to one). For those of you who have been to both, which would you prefer?

Obviously they serve different kinds of food so a direct comparison isn't possible -- but I still have to pick only one place. For what it's worth, I've been to Kajitsu and thought it was absolutely amazing. I've been to the Momofuku noodle bar and didn't think it was that great -- too salty. I am coming from San Francisco where the sushi restaurants are very good but nothing at the level of what you can find in Tokyo - so would like to try a sushi place if it was really exceptional. Otherwise, I can find pretty good sushi at home.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Cheeryvisage RE: calumin Apr 18, 2012 08:07 PM

    I adore 15 East, but I still recommend Momofuku Ko in your case. Ko is much different from what you can get at home. And like you said, you can get pretty good sushi in SF already....

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      foodwhisperer RE: calumin Apr 18, 2012 09:01 PM

      If you want sushi as good as in Tokyo or better, go to 15 East. There is nothing in SF or in the Bay Area as good as 15 East. But since you already had great sushi in Tokyo, you might want to try a great meal at Momofuku Ko.

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        strangemd RE: foodwhisperer Apr 19, 2012 07:10 AM

        15 East, at the bar, after specifically requesting Mr. Shimizu. Absolutely lyrical.

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        kathryn RE: calumin Apr 19, 2012 07:13 AM

        Momofuku Noodle Bar is totally different than Ko.

        If the frozen shaved foie gras intrigues you at all, choose Ko.

        1. sgordon RE: calumin Apr 19, 2012 08:07 AM

          Simply put, it's not terribly easy to get a rezzie at Ko, while you can often get same-day rezzies at 15 East. Your odds of having a second chance to go to Ko next time you're in Manhattan are MUCH slimmer. You're lucky enough to have a rezzie at one of the harder (no longer hardest, thanks to Brooklyn Fare) to get tables in town - go with it.

          Ko is a whole different animal than Noodle Bar. It's a whole different animal than ANY other restaurant, really.

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            lexismore RE: calumin Apr 19, 2012 09:05 AM

            I love sushi, and 15 East is among the best in the city. But in your case, I'd go to Ko.

            1. Miss Needle RE: calumin Apr 19, 2012 09:29 AM

              Being fans of both restaurants, I'd pick Ko in your case as it is very unique.

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                calumin RE: Miss Needle Apr 24, 2012 08:39 PM

                Thanks everyone.

                I went to 15 East. It was a really phenomenal meal. If I didn't have the handmade sushi from Shimizu-san, I would say it would have been great but similar to what I could get in San Francisco -- his preparation is at a very high standard and made the meal unique. Plus the braised octopus is unlike anything I've ever tasted.

                I also had lunch at Hakkasan. It was very good. I went to the first London location when it first opened ~10 years ago -- I remember that experience being more dramatic, while the food here (years later) is very good but more conventional. If I didn't pay attention to the fact that the price was 50%+ more than the best dim sum restaurants in San Francisco (and at the same quality level), I'd be very happy with the experience. The service was very professional and accommodating. It is very expensive though.

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