Momofuku Ko: My experience
As a child, you simply have no idea what you will be or where you'll be when you grow up. I think we all have our dreams and aspirations; some are more precise in realizing those dreams than others, but then there are some of us who just don't know. Take me for example, in hindsight, I can say with certainty that the one thing I absolutely knew I wanted to be was a mom. Check. Aside from that, I knew I really loved animals and was very fascinated by people and the way they chose to "be", hence my decision to move forward with psychology and counseling. Fast forward without the boring details, here I am. Nearly 33, married to this amazing man, living in a sweet little town, raising two precious babies and running a photography business I couldn't have dreamt to love more. I never would have guessed this is where I'd be, but I am.
Dustin and I love to visit New York City. Aside from the Finger Lakes, I'd say it's our happy place. It's a hope to one day have a little getaway apartment there so we can visit more often. My brother Sean and his wife Julie have lived there for ... gosh, I don't even know how long. Maybe 7 years or so? Less? More. I don't know. Time really starts to mush together once you get to your late 20's. Anyhow.
Sean. He's actually my step-brother, but I kinda hate saying that because it's a classic case of "what makes a brother." It's someone I grew up with (our parents both had full custody of all 4 of us so it was one big happy blended family), had silly sibling fights , passed in the hallways at school, had Sunday dinners, went to church, bonded and so on, and so on. Blood may not be a commonality, but everything else is, so he's my brother.
Sean has had quite a life. Trying to figure out what he wanted to be as he grew up. No need to get into personal details (seriously, who needs any dirty or even clean laundry aired on the internet), but I can honestly say that everything he set his mind to, he excelled. Like, really excelled. Sean is this super laid back, funny as hell (but you have to listen to catch the lines), hard working, determined, independent, marches at his own awesome beat, successful, really cool guy. I feel really proud to not only know him, but to be able to say, "that's my brother."
Fast forwarding through his journey, Sean is now the big boss man of a tremendously successful restaurant in New York City called Momofuku Ko. Dustin and I certainly would never seek out a dining experience like this, but I'm so grateful we had it. The menu is so intrinsic and unusual with flavors that dance perfectly together in your mouth. It was an experience to say the least.
Later, chatting with Sean after lunch and then over a casual lunch the next day, my pride continued to grow. From an outsider, it looks like he might just be cooking really awesome food all day, but he's running a business. I'm not even sure how to explain that is involved except, it's running a business. There are a lot of things to keep in order from meat/food orders, to how the kitchen runs, to creating new courses and menus, schedules, leasing, finances, what to do when the city calls and tells you your water is shut off for the next several hours and you have a packed house for lunch and dinner.... he's a serious boss, and I'm damn proud.
Thanks for hosting such an awesome lunch Sean and crew! You've made something awesome and I can't wait to watch it continue to grow. David Chang has created something brilliant with his Momofuku line of restaurants. I highly recommend checking them out any time you're in any of the cities that have a Momofuku restaurant!
Check out Sean and his team in action and some of the delicious dishes. And yes, I tried EVERYTHING but didn't finish it all. I have a very small belly and wanted to be sure I could taste every single course.