346 W 52nd St
(between 8th Ave & 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10019
[Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West]
Reservations: accepted for parties of 6 or more.
Food: ****1/2 Extra 1/2 star for re-creating traditional Korean dishes and with using Asian flavors for cocktails.
- Tofu with ginger scallion dressing, soy vinaigrette****1/2 – must order. After frying, the potato starch outside the tofu tastes like mochi.
- Spicy yellowtail sashimi, tsukiji market hamachi, cho jang, jalapeño**** – must order
- Steak tartare with quail yolk, toasted pine nuts, asian pear*** – asian pear was an interesting touch. I’m not a huge fan of steak tartare so didn’t love this dish. Order if you like steak tartare though.
- Bulgogi beef sliders, spicy pickled cucumber & scallion salsa**** – must order. Supposedly the beef sliders are nummier than the pork ones.
- Spicy ‘K.F.C.’: korean fire chicken wings, honey, garlic, four chilies**** – really good but not better than Bon Chon.
- Kimchi bacon chorizo ‘paella’ with fried jidori hen egg**** – must order
- Soju Sangria: fruit-infused soju, sparkling shiraz, orangina****
- Yakult Colada: rum, yakult, pineapple & drunken cherry****1/2 – must order. I used to drink Yakult all the time as a kid. Now I get to drink a nummy adult version of the yogurt drink.
Would have liked to order but did not have enough stomach space for:
- Poached sablefish with spicy daikon
- ‘Danji’ braised short ribs with fingerlings, cipollini & toasted pine nuts
- Chef-owner Hooni Kim is a Korean-American who grew up in New York and cooked at Daniel and Masa. (Source: NY Mag)
- New-style Korean take on a Japanese izakaya. (Source: NY Times)
- No dessert menu.
The Rating System:
**** very good