WHEN YOU NEED: TO REALLY IMPRESS A DATE
How’s this for impressive: David Chang’s Momofuku Ko, located on Extra Place, has retained its two Michelin stars every year since 2009 (it opened the year before). No surprise, reservations are required for the tasting menu, which runs $255/person, plus $195/person for the beverage pairing -- in other words, take someone you really like. (For a more affordable option, you can always try your luck at the walk-in only bar for a la carte dishes.) Executive chef Sean Gray’s Japanese and French-inspired menu changes based on market availability; think dishes like sea urchin with chickpea and Chang’s trademark Hozon seasoning, and beef au poivre. Oh, and since Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar empire started as a result of Ko (she was its original pastry chef back in 2008), you’re assured a show-stopping dessert to end the 10-course meal. Sure, it’s pricey, but Ko is a piece of modern culinary history that anyone would be lucky to experience, making it the perfect special occasion date spot. Go revel in the mastery together, even if only once.