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

Service: ****


  • 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:
* poor
** fair
*** good
**** very good
***** excellent


About thenummylist

Blog about eating, drinking, and everything related written by Icy Liu.

One comment

  1. Sounds ridiculously tasty. 🙂

    Great to meet you last night at the Food Meetup!

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