I happen to be making a short trip to NY this weekend. The big dilemma was what restaurant to go to. I also would be dining solo which limits my choices. I don't want to be sitting in some stuffy dining room staring at the ceiling. Thankfully a guy I know out there told me about Momofuko Ko. It may be the hottest restaurant in the country right now. It already was sizzling when it got the James Beard BEST NEW RESTAURANT award this week. If it's not the hottest restaurant right now it's definitely the hardest to get into. It only seats 14. All the guests sit at "the bar" which surrounds the open kitchen. As one reporter noted,"you can see the beads of sweat on the cooks foreheads". You can't call them, you can only make reservations online and only a week in advance and only if you register with a credit card. If you don't show it will cost you $150.00. Reservations for 1,2 or 4 only. The race for reservations starts promptly at 10:00 am every morning. By 10:00.01 the reservations are gone. If you delay hitting that key for a milisecond you are out of luck.
I scored a reservation this weekend. I think years of PC gaming has finally paid off. It is going to be an interesting experience.
I'm sure I'll have plenty to say when I get back. If I'm lucky I'll get some good photos as well. (They don't allow them in "Ko")