Michelin updated its ratings last week for New York and, surprisingly, Momofuku Ko got two stars. That’s an impressive feat (congratulations David Chang) considering the restaurant is merely a year old and it is far less formal than most, if not all, two-starred restaurants. I have not eaten at Ko but I’m a true believer in Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Ssam; if they were located in San Francisco, I would eat at one or the other weekly. For my past New York trip, a friend and I ate decided that Ssam was the way to go and we had nearly every dish on the menu 1. It was a feast served at a ridiculously low price point 2 – this restaurant is about excellent value.
The Momofuku’s are known for pork, with its infamous vegetarian-unfriendly menus, but I find the (raw) seafood dishes perform best. They are the most creative, in terms of conception, and they definitely provide the most delight. I suspect, but I don’t know, that the seafood dishes served at Noodle Bar and Ssam provided ample inspiration for what would later become Ko. I would suggest ordering a few different seafood dishes, the (delicious) ham plate, and a meat dish for the end. The food, particularly the seafood, is good enough for one Michelin star.