Alternative rock music and grafitti style wall murals form part of the backdrop to one of the most unique experiences in all of New York fine dining.
AAA Inspector Notes
Dining here is an "experience" in the tradition of Japanese kaiseki, with reservations notoriously hard to get for the fixed tasting menu. The groundbreaking visionary who created this unique eatery is David Chang, of Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious”, who conjures up some very untraditional Pan-Asian textures, all infused with a New American bravado. The results are both gratifying and exhilarating. Seated around a U-shaped table made of exquisite richly grained wood, the open kitchen is in full display for diners to watch an elaborate multi-course tasting menu being prepared by a small legion of highly skilled kitchen staff. Meats are grilled, and flames shoot up vents in the center of the kitchen as intricate, small and deliciously savory appetizers are at first served. Ko egg with sturgeon caviar is the first signal that the chef’s heavy artillery is coming; the grilled dry aged beef steak au poivre with green peppercorn sauce is as scrumptious as much as it is blissfully beautiful in presentation; lobster follows with a heavenly subtle bubbly vegetable garnish, grilled pork or lamb come off the smokey flame and bring a simple base pleasure. Once the signature shaved foie gras bowl arrives the realization comes that you are having the type of meal which you will not have many times in your life. Next door to the main dining room is the Ko bar, which accepts only walk-ins, and which partly exists as an incubator to develop new ideas for main dining room dishes, offering a glimpse into the culinary mind of David Chang, an ever evolving grand master.
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