A Visit To Michelin Starred Momofuku Ko For… Pizza!

Momofuku KoDavid Chang’s Momofuku Ko, located in NYC’s East Village, has held two Michelin stars since 2009.

When I heard that they were offering pizza, it immediately became a must-try on my list. While pizza isn’t a part of the menu that Michelin recognized the restaurant for, I thought it would be fun to say that we had pizza from a Michelin starred restaurant!

We first stopped by to pickup pizza (and their cold fried chicken) back in December. Around a month later, we were able to make reservations to dine outdoors at Ko.

Here is what our experiences were like dining at and taking out from Momofuku Ko.Momofuku KoWhile I was thrilled to take out from the restaurant in December, dining at the restaurant was an even better experience.

The staff at the restaurant were very friendly and thankful (I assume) since so many are reluctant to eat out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before arriving, I had looked over the menu and had a good idea of what we planned to order. A bunch of things caught my eye. We limited our order to a couple of pizzas and an appetizer. Regardless, we still had a lot of leftovers. Yes, the pizzas are HUGE!

BBQ Chickenchicken, tangy BBQ sauce, red onion, mozzarella, ranch dressingWhen Kim and I first saw this pizza on the menu, we thought of California Pizza Kitchen. Regardless, we were looking forward to giving it a try.

After the first bite, our immediate thoughts were simple- tasty and sweet. There was a lot more going on than just tasty and sweet, don’t get me wrong.The crust had a pretty distinct flavor and it was nice and crispy. (I’m pretty sure it’s a sourdough crust.) There wasn’t a ton of chicken on the pie but it was enjoyable. The bbq sauce was where the sweetness came from and the ranch added a good creaminess.

Square Spicy Tomato PieSicilian-style square pie with Ko’s special spicy tomato sauce, parsley & parmI had read (I don’t recall where) that this was the pie to order at Ko and I’m glad that we did.

The star of this pie was the excellent crust. The crust was airy, light and crispy- almost focaccia- like. The one negative was that some parts were a bit charred.

The crust was topped with a very tasty sauce which had some noticeable heat which we really liked.

 Potato & Ricottawhite pie with whipped potato, ricotta & parsley
(We picked up this pie during our first visit.)
This pie had the same crust as the BBQ Chicken. It tasted good but it gave my jaw a bit of a workout. Had the pie been hotter when we picked up, it would’ve been fine. (The leftovers reheated really well.)

The pie was very interesting. There’s a lot going on here when it comes to flavor and texture. The potato and ricotta was very creamy and it was also noticeably garlicky. Some bites had a bit of heat.

BurgerThe burger was not on the menu when we ordered back in December but I had to order it when it was on the menu in January.

The burger came served on a hotdog bun. (I believe its a Martin’s Long Potato Roll, heated with some salt on it.) From the first bite, I loved the burger and wished I wasn’t sharing it. The meat was very rich and flavorful. The Japanese mustard added a very nice taste, too.

This was my favorite item from Momofuku Ko, I’d love to get it again!

Cold Fried Chicken -quadruple-fried chicken drumsticks served cold with picklesTalk about a weird-sounding dish but one that I believe Ko is known for!

We ordered this the first time when we picked up. I didn’t know what to expect but it was awesome! I wish that I remember more details besides loving it! Sorry!

Final Thoughts:

I was really excited to get the chance to dine at Momofuku Ko, both at the restaurant (outdoors) and taking out.

The pizzas at Momofuku Ko are far from traditional pies. They were pretty unique, interesting and tasty. And while the burger is the most memorable things that I had at Ko, the pizzas are well worth a try.

When else will you be able to say that you had pizza at a Michelin-starred restaurant!

Momofuku Ko is located at 8 Extra Place in New York City.

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