Some friends recently took me to a new(ish) restaurant in New York named Ken & Cook. Apparently there is no Ken or Cook because the restaurant is run by celebrated locals Jean Georges and Chef Richard Diamonte. En route to the restaurant from Midtown some members of my group argued it’s located in the East Village and others argued that its located in Nolita, but the Ken & Cook website says its located in Downtown. Being an Angeleno I’ll admit I have no clue, so lets just say its in Downtown. In any case, the “industrial chic” space is small and lively and the crowd is [very] young, but more importantly the food is terrific. Rather than order an entrée I ordered two 1st course menu items including the [beef] Tartar with quail egg ($17) , and the Kale Salad with pomegranate, blood orange and parmesan ($13). While slightly expensive, the price was well worth it. The Tartar was particularly amazing. You can tell there was care with regard to the quality of ingredients, presentation, and portioning, which was exactly right.
Cost Rating: Inexpensive | Moderate | Expensive | Very Expensive
Overall Rating: (8.5) out of 10. Points lost for the decibel level making it difficult to have a conversation. Limited clientele.
Visitor Rating: Great for good friends or a romantic couple hitting the town. Not great for a first date (because of noise), or families with young children.
Would We Go Back?: Yes
Ken & Cook 19 Kenmore Street 10012, Downtown, New York