New York’s consuming passion for improvised Asian street food—driven by hand-pulled noodles and fish-sauce chicken wings—gets new kindling with this adaptation of a joo mak, a Korean roadside tavern, from Hooni Kim (Danji). The toque, who earned his stripes at Daniel and Masa, modernizes the passerby fare of his native country: He braises Seoul bar-food staple jokbal (pig trotters) and serves them with sliced cabbage, sesame-apple vinegar and fermented shrimp sauce. Skewers—such as garlicky grilled pork belly—constitute a third of the small-plates-based menu, while a smattering of seafood dishes include a bowl of piquant cod-roe stew. 36 W 26th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-206-7226)
Sons of Essex
Fans of boozy brunch will want to try outSons of Essex. It has a speakeasy vibe, thanks to the deli counter out front: skip the sandwich and walk right by to enter the bar and restaurant. The brunch menu offers comfort food mashups like Cap’n Crunch–crusted challah french toast ($15) and lobster benedict ($21) alongside carafes of mimosas, bellinis and bloody mary’s (all $25). Consider adding a side of the truffle mac and cheese ($16), a fan favorite from the dinner menu. Other evening entrees include a mushroom pizza ($18), braised short ribs ($30) and fried chicken brined in sweet tea ($29). To drink, there’s a wide variety of signature cocktails, plus wine and spirits by the glass or bottle. Whether you come for breakfast, dinner or drinks, you’ll notice the party atmosphere—a DJ always seems to be spinning hip-hop jams from the ‘90s and early ‘00s.
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