Initially just open for lunch, Katianna and John Hong’s critically acclaimed Korean-ish deli eatery has found its groove at dinnertime by blending high-low culinary traditions in the Arts District. Unlike other places on this list, Yangban Society takes the dyed-in-the-wool definition of Korean cuisine and shoves it, and that’s exactly why we love the place. Early favorites like the congee pot pie and twice-fried chicken wings are fast becoming classics for devoted fans, and after initially shying away from tasting menus (the couple previously worked in Napa), the restaurant’s Yangban-style spread has offered a gentle, and worthwhile, introduction to new-school Korean American cuisine. Within the bright blue walls of the stylish, industrially inflected dining room, there’s always something new and interesting to try.
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