While I probably will not make a list of my favorite dining experiences of 2015, if I were to do so this dinner would easily be in my top 5. This was my first time sitting at one of the two tables instead of the counter and certainly some of the presentations are just far more impressive for a larger group. There was not one course which I did not absolutely love which is consistent with previous visits. Our essentially second course could have been a meal in itself and if it had ended at that point I would have gone home very happy. If there were not any witnesses I probably would have eaten the guinea hen to the point of making myself sick. Food aside I just love the entire environment of Ko 2.0. I am often down on friendliness of service in New York restaurants but Ko embodies the concept of hospitality. Now that I am somewhat thinking about my favorite experiences of this past year, the stand outs are the ones that not only have amazing food and impeccable service but also have figured out, for lack of a better description, the ‘it’ factor in hospitality. I am definitely looking forward to many more visits in 2016.
a blank canvas
vegetable roll. pommel soufflés. lobster paloise. millefeuille.
black bass, madai, uni, mackerel, chickpea, finger lime, bonji, shiso, sudachi
razor clam – apple, basil
siberian sturgeon caviar – radish, potato
sourdough bread & radish butter
halibut – cauliflower, hungarian pepper
guinea hen – matsutake, black vinegar
celery root – white truffle, tandoori
beef – daikon, scallion
foie gras – lychee, pine nut, riesling jelly
carrot cardamom – meringue
pistachio – apricot
chocolate – fernet branca