Round 2 Ko Bar Presents

Ko Bar Presents is back for round two.

The inaugural series launched back in February 2022 with a collaborative spirit in mind.

This next round will still feature Ko alums and industry friends, but will allow them to have creative free rein over the Ko Bar. For 5 nights, only, spread over the course of the summer, each guest host will create a menu inspired by their latest culinary endeavors.

Guests can expect a multi-course dinner where tickets to each night can be purchased through Resy. Scroll below to learn more about each guest host and to visit their respective event pages.

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Tuesday, June 21 — Claud 

Ko alums, Chase Sinzer and Joshua Pinsky, provide a sneak peek of their forthcoming restaurant Claud, opening this summer in the East Village. Through the years, Chase has curated and managed reputable wine programs in New York City and California, while Josh lead chefs through the pioneering kitchens of Momofuku’s Ko and Nishi. They will be previewing dishes from their à la carte restaurant, showcased at Ko Bar in a tasting menu format.


Sunday, July 17 — Chapter One Dublin

Mickael Viljanen is the Chef Patron of Chapter One Dublin which has recently been awarded 2 Michelin stars from the Great Britain & Ireland Guide. Prior to Chapter One, Mickael opened the Greenhouse in Dublin in 2012 where he won Food & Wine Magazine Chef of The Year twice and Restaurant of the year in the Georgina Cambell guide. He has also appeared in Masterchef Ireland as a guest judge in 2012.


Tuesday, July 26 — Adolfo Garcia & Ileene Cho

Ko alum Adolfo Garcia attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where he was classmates with Ileene Cho. Adolfo is currently the Chef de cuisine at Goodman Bar in Bergdorf Goodman and Ileene is now the pastry chef at a soon to be opened restaurant called The Noortwyck in the West Village.


Tuesday, August 9 — Tira Johnson

Upon landing in NYC, Tira Johnson began working as a sommelier at restaurants including Terroir, Crown Shy, and Hawksmoor. During the restaurant shut-down, Tira took time to expand her knowledge, and took a deep dive into sake. She now leads the sake program at Brooklyn Wine Exchange. She wants everyone to see the great variety of sake styles, and their ability to create unique pairings.


Tuesday, September 13 — Quang Nguyen

Q began his cooking career  in the kitchen at Momofuku Má Pêche over thirteen years ago. There, he spent his formative years along with the team lead by Paul Carmichael.  Following his time at Má Pêche, Q worked at ABC Kitchen and Cosme before becoming the sous chef of Wildair. He ran the kitchen there for nearly five years before embarking on a series of pop up dinners in and around New York City and Brooklyn. Q is now the Executive Chef of Cool World in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.