This spot from classically trained chef Hooni Kim was born of his frustration at not being able to find real, authentic Korean food. The restaurant's name refers to a small container for ingredients like the doenjang (fermented bean paste), gochujang (spicy fermented bean paste) and ganjang (soy sauce) that Kim has shipped to his restaurants directly from Korea four times a year, and it’s what gives the food here a unique depth of flavor. Crispy tofu teases three textures out of the bean curd: a crunchy exterior, a pudding-like mantle and a mochi-like interior, while the bossam employs pork belly cooked in Korean aromatics (soy, garlic, ginger and onion) punched up with dehydrated radish kimchi.
With Koreatown stalwarts, top-secret Flushing BBQ hideaways and refined takes on classic comfort foods, each of these seven spots could be considered the best Korean restaurant NYC has to offer. Pop into a K-town spot to sample the best Korean BBQ—like grilled eel—or soups and stews stuffed with kimchi.
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