Make it through the reservations ringer (the system mandates booking six days in advance, at 10am, only via momofuku.com) to gain access to chef David Chang’s minimal 12-seat spot. Here, the chefs double as waiters, serving eight or so dazzling courses from behind a counter. The ever-evolving menu features raw fluke, in a coating of tangy, mellow buttermilk, poppy seeds and sriracha chili sauce. A frozen foie gras torchon is brilliantly shaved over lychee puree and pine-nut brittle. Ko’s embrace of dessert may signal Chang’s high-end arrival. A panna cotta made from milk that’s been mingling with cornflakes is nothing short of genius.
Momofuku Ko (CLOSED)
|Venue name:||Momofuku Ko (CLOSED)|
163 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 10th and 11th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Seatings: Mon–Thu 6–9:30pm; Fri–Sun noon–12:45pm, 6–9:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Dinner prix fixe: $125. Lunch prix fixe: $175. AmEx, MC, V|