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Momofoku Ko Lunch & Peter Luger dinner same day?

CarlSeltz Nov 21, 2012 08:20 AM

Hi all
So here's my dilemma.

I made a 12pm lunch reservation at Momofoku Ko, at the same time the wife made a reservation at Peter Lugers at 7.45pm, same day.

Do I cancel one? If so, which one? Or is it possible to do both in the same day without having a Mr. Creosote moment at the end?

Thanks all.

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  1. ellenost RE: CarlSeltz Nov 21, 2012 08:26 AM

    Depending on your stomach capacity, you may be too full after lunch at Ko to enjoy a steak dinner. You will finish your lunch at Ko at about 3:00. I am never even slightly hungry for dinner after the lunch at Ko (and I have a very good appetite). I'm not much of a Peter Luger fan, so I would vote to cancel your dinner reservation.

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      kobetobiko RE: ellenost Nov 26, 2012 10:40 AM

      Hi ellenost,

      Just curious is the Momofuku lunch menu the same or different from dinner? I assume it is easier to get a reservation at lunch? When I was in NYC I had only tried their dinner (and it was when it first opened). Is there any significant change to their dishes or style?

      Thanks! kobetobiko

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        kathryn RE: kobetobiko Nov 26, 2012 11:15 AM

        The Ko lunch menu is very different from the dinner menu; they try not to repeat dishes between the two except for the shaved foie gras. Lunch is only Fri, Sat, Sun, though, and dinner is all week.


        From their site:
        "dinner is a set tasting menu devised by the chef and his aides de camp, and it is usually about 10 courses long; at lunch the menu stretches out to 16 courses."

        Note: I don't think their site is counting the amuse and palate cleansers as actual courses.

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          ellenost RE: kobetobiko Nov 26, 2012 04:33 PM

          Welcome back kobetobiko! I'm at Ko right now enjoying dinner (in between courses). As kathryn correctly points out lunch (other than the foie gras) is completely different. I do find lunch reservations are a bit easier than dinner. My favorite soft cooked egg with hackleback caviar, onion soubise and fingerling potato chips is served only at dinner; there is a puffed egg in a bacon daishi broth at lunch. Food wise: style has remained delicious after 4 years of fairly regular visits.

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        pauliface RE: CarlSeltz Nov 21, 2012 10:54 AM

        IMO it is definitely too much for one day.
        After my lunch at Ko I was blissed out for hours and quite full.
        I'd hate to have to prepare for a steak meal immediately following.

        I'd say cancel Peter Lugers. Ko is one of the best meals I've had in my life, and a very tough reservation to score.
        Peter Lugers is amazing, but not as much so as Ko; it has been there forever, and will be there forever, and you'll always be able to get a table.

        1. Cheeryvisage RE: CarlSeltz Nov 21, 2012 11:01 AM

          Depending on your stomach capacity, really. Ko and Luger meals are doable in the same day if you have a LARGE appetite.

          Can you push the Luger res to later in the evening? Like 9pm?

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            mlc66 RE: CarlSeltz Nov 21, 2012 06:00 PM

            We went to Ko for lunch over Labor Day weekend and followed up with the pasta tasting dinner at Maialino that evening, so I do think it is possible. I would definitely try to move the Peter Lugers reservation a little later and do some walking around in between. And if you are choosing, I've never been to Peter Lugers, but I love Ko and I would definitely choose Ko.

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              JohnRC RE: mlc66 Nov 22, 2012 07:13 AM

              Thanks guys for the replys. I'll see if I can push Lugers back, if not I'll just go with Momofokus.

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                kathryn RE: JohnRC Dec 2, 2012 08:21 PM

                Keep in mind even with a 7:45pm reservation, they will actually seat you around 8:15. You probably won't get your steak until 8:45pm at the earliest. I had a 7:45pm reservation tonight, waited half an hour to sit, I don't think we got our steak until 9pm.

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              jester99 RE: CarlSeltz Nov 23, 2012 08:25 AM

              i dont see a problem here, i see a very good day of eating. i would push back the Luger reservation or cancel it because Ko is great and I feel it is a harder reservation to get.

              1. sgordon RE: CarlSeltz Nov 24, 2012 06:53 AM

                As pretty much everyone else has stated, try to push back the Luger rezzie - maybe even until 10PM, honestly. Enjoy a nice loooooong walk after lunch to work it off a bit - maybe walk over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn? If the weather's nice, it's a nice walk.

                That said, if you're going to do two higher-end places on one day, that's not a bad combo, since they're so radically different. It just might be difficult since they're both food-coma-inducing experiences.

                That said, if you've got a nice cast-iron skillet, leftovers from Luger's make a fantastic next-day breakfast - give 'em a quick char, plate 'em up with some eggs... mmm....

                1. uhockey RE: CarlSeltz Dec 2, 2012 08:39 PM

                  You'll be fine.....the dishes at Ko are "bites" and the meal takes so long you have plenty of time to digest, especially if you're not drinking any alcohol (especially carbonated stuff.)


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                    calf RE: uhockey Dec 2, 2012 08:56 PM

                    I skipped breakfast for it, and got hungry shortly after the epic degustation. And then I ate the kimchi onigiri and was very happy.

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                      uhockey RE: calf Dec 2, 2012 09:15 PM

                      I went to Balthazar before, then to Sweet Revenge and Casa Mono after.


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