Danji

Restaurants , Korean Hell's Kitchen
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With butcher-block tables, inventive Korean-inspired small plates and a Michelin star to boot, this diminutive eatery is of the rare breed that would likely be just as packed downtown as it is on West 52nd Street. Chef Hooni Kim (Daniel, Masa) brings his haute French training to bear on the food of his homeland, splitting the menu between traditional dishes and modernist riffs. His flavors are bright and fresh, with a great balance of sweet, spicy and funky elements. The classics seem, for the most part, like upgrades on their source material—scallion pancakes are exceptionally fat and crispy, while chili-slicked buckwheat noodles are paired with a beer-friendly salad of spicy vegetables and chewy, briny whelks. The updated stuff is equally appealing. Sliders may be passé, but you won’t want to miss Kim’s addictive bulgogi beef variety, served on pillowy grilled buns with spicy pickles and scallion salsa.
Venue name: Danji
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Address: 346 W 52nd St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 6pm–1am; Fri noon–3pm, 6pm–2am; Sat 6pm–2am
Transport: Subway: C, E to 50th St (Eighth Ave)
Price: Average small plate: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Marcia G

A neighborhood gem, with some bright flavors and slightly soigné execution. Come with a friend who likes to eat (and share!) and you'll do some good damage. Bulgogi beef sliders, yessss.

Christa Sully
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If I didn't work near Hell's Kitchen, I probably would've missed out on this amazing Korean restaurant located on the same block as a small (but really good) Farmer's Market, a gay bar, Totto Ramen, and the post office. i.e. the location doesn't fit the restaurant. Danji is worth a trip even if you're not in the area.


I came here after an office party once I found the few other places I had originally wanted to go to were closed. Danji is open until midnight through the work week, so it was meant to be. I didn't try as much of the menu as I wanted, but everything I had was memorable and I would easily order these dishes again, particularly the kimchi trio (under sides) and the soy-poached black cod. With that being said, don't sleep on the bulgogi beef sliders or k.f.c. wings. 


Ok, now my mouth is watering again.