Photo by Kathryn M. Sheldon

Kōbo  is set to open tomorrow, December 21st;this will be the fourth East Village restaurant from Executive Chef/Owner Ruben Rodriguez. For Kōbo, Chef Rodriguez has created his own flavor profiles and techniques through tireless experimentation with his three prior restaurants, NaiAmigoEmilia. Kōbo will showcase recognizable dishes that combines his Spanish upbringing with his travels throughout Italy and the Mediterranean

Menu Highlights Include: 


  • Mortadella with cornichon on housemade sourdough 


  • Grilled Sardines with cilantro chimichurri and charred lemon

Pasta Dishes: 

  • Mafaldine in pork cheek ragu with paprika breadcrumbs and aged pecorino
  • Lasagna with lamb and curry béchamel

Main Course: 

  • Iberico Pork Milanesa, served with frisée and honey mustard dressing

The Wine Program is designed by Service Director and Sommelier Raul Oleaga, who has curated a wine list that cohesively matches the restaurant’s concept; it leans Italian and highlights selections from Spain,France, and other wine producing regions from the Mediterranean. Kōbo will also have a full bar program, showcasing classic cocktails.

Kōbo is set in a large dining room, centered by a natural Brazilian champaign pink quartzite stone counterthat serves a dual purpose for cocktails and dining. Above the bar is a custom-made lighting fixture designed by a renowned Seattle-based, Native New York designer and is composed of 1,117 handcrafted pieces of wood that form a three-dimensional wave shape.

LOCATION: 202 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009


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