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Her Name Is Han

Restaurants, Korean Midtown
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Her Name is Han
Photograph: Courtesy Kove Lee

Time Out says

Kihyun Lee named the sister restaurant to Take 31 after his mother, and the inspiration at this self-styled Korean soul food spot is home cooking. Small plates include an innovative take on dukbokki—the chewy rice cakes are topped with slices of grilled kabocha squash and strewn with shishitos—and japchae noodles with garlicky short-neck clams. Larger dishes include slow-cooked pork belly served with kimchi, berry wine sauce and the unctuous deep-fried pork shoulder, as well as a lovely spicy seafood stew with beef dumplings.



Address: 17 E 31st St
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this place is amaaazing - got the seafood hot pot and was very pleased. the decor is adorable and they have a special weekend menu too. all the main dishes come with sides. 


I was happy to have the opportunity to eat here twice within two weeks. I agree with a lot of Korean-Americans in which they describe the food as more home-y, fresh, and more balanced than your typical Korean join in K-town. The stews to share are always very hearty and delicious. Anything involving pork on their appetizers is super good and fun to share. Even their panchan or side dishes are of higher quality. Get there early or try to only go with one other friend because the restaurant is quite small and there's always a huge group of people outside.


Upon entering, you feel like you're walking into a friend's living room. Except that friend is a talented Korean chef who's about to fill your stomach with delicious grilled meats. The staff is extremely friendly, the space is warm and cozy, and the vibe is super chill and laid back, 

But you didn't come here to meditate (I assume). So let's move on to the food. If you're unfamiliar with homestyle Korean cuisine, the menu can be a bit intimidating at first. Rule of thumb- one big plate and one small plate is plenty for 2 people (that is, 2 plates in total, not 2 plates each). I visited with a group of 6 so I was fortunate enough to try a significant number of items. Absolute musts are the spicy seafood stew and black cod steak. However, this would be to neglect their robust assortment of pork dishes, which are typically the crux of any Korean menu. While I can't vouch for every pig-derived option on the menu, I will tell you that what we did order-the spiced pork with gochujang-was excellent. 

And you can't do a proper review of Her Name is Han without mentioning the music. Everything from "Video Killed the Radio Star" to MJ's full discography to The Roots. Because hey, isn't that what your friend would be blasting in their living room?