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“Absolutely phenomenal food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #422 of 13,479 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Midtown
New York
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Absolutely phenomenal food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

I don't consider myself a huge fan of Korean food (too spicy), but was blown away by the quality and inventiveness of the cuisine here. The food is tapas-style, small plates, and each dish was better than the previous. Some of the items I particularly recommend were the whelk salad, short ribs, kimchi trio, sliders, crispy calamari.
The ambience is nice too, elegant yet low-key, and not too loud. Service was a mixed bag. Finally, while not cheap, certainly not terribly expensive by New York standards either. The entire bill for our party of four was about $150.

Highly recommend- but go early if possible as there's often a long wait.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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312 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“With an elegant touch of the Orient”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

Michelin starred restaurants are rare, and Michelin starred Korean restaurants are even rarer. While the Korean cuisine can be good, most Koreans seem to regard cooking as just a labour, not a passion. Danji of chef Hooni Kim is, according to the reviewers of Michelin, an exception to the rule.

The interior of this little restaurant was bright with an elegant touch of the Orient.

The tofu with ginger scallion dressing was interesting, but lacked any deep flavour. The bulgogi beef sliders were equally interesting with very tender beef. Unfortunately it was too salty.

Service was correct without being overtly friendly. The bill for two for this light meal came to 50 USD including a bottle of mineral water. Reasonable of course, but the dishes were, given our high expectations, a bit disappointing.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, TX
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Classy Korean Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We loved the tapas-like small plate approach to both traditional and "modern" Korean food. Try to pork-belly slider and kimchi chorizo fried rice.

Visited May 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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83 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent pre-theater fare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

Right in the theater district. Korean "tapas" (small plates) are fantastic. Get there very early if you're going to a show- it's a small place and VERY popular. Try the honey garlic wings.

Visited April 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great after theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

We came here after theater and just walked in. The food is inventive and well executed. I loved the tofu with Ginger. They also have a small but impactful drinks selection.

Visited May 2014
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