Restaurant Review: Cote

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The above picture was taken before all the side dishes came out. There was much more food on the way.

Details: Located at 16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010. Official site is https://www.cotenyc.com/

Score: 7.8/10

Cote is the only Michelin starred Korean barbecue restaurant in New York City. It is very trendy at the moment and very much in demand. I had to make my reservation about a month in advance, though I was only looking for open weekend times. What differentiates Cote from your average Korean barbecue places is that the cuts of meat are ones usually used for high end American steaks and the service is exemplary.

Since this was everyone’s first time here, we all opted for the Butcher’s Feast. This is a set meal which requires that everyone at the table participate if you order it. It cost forty-eight dollars (before tax and tip) for four selected cuts of USDA Prime and American Wagyu beef. It also came with two ban chan appetizers, a scallion salad, red leaf lettuce with ssam jang, savory egg souffle, two jigae stews with rice, and some soft serve ice cream at the end.

The meat was amazing. They cook everything for you so you don’t have to worry about anything. I recall some ribeye and American Wagyu, though I can’t recall the specific cuts. You only get about two pieces per person for each of the more expensive cuts, but you get more galbi (Korean marinated short rib) at the end to fill you up I guess.

With the side dishes, the amount of food is more than enough. The stews are mostly soup and had few pieces of meat or tofu in them. The egg souffle was great. There were only two ban chan dishes and I wished we had more. You also get a bowl of lettuce to make sandwiches. The ice cream was amazing mostly because the caramel they drizzled on top was amazing.

The interior is also very roomy, stylish, and comfortable to dine in. We got our own booth and noticed even two person parties got their own booths, though the booths could easily fit more people.

Overall, this is a great place to eat. The quality of food and service was clearly a level above you’re average Korean barbecue place, even the more expensive ones. The quantity of food was enough and we left stuffed. For forty-eight dollars, eating at Cote is a great experience that I can easily recommend.

Score: 7.8/10

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