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Jungsik

2 Harrison St., New York, NY 10013 40.718665 -74.0089
nr. Hudson St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-219-0900 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Price Range: $$$$

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    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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    10 out of 10

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Official Website

jungsik.kr

Hours

Daily, 5pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Franklin St.

Prices

$80 for three-course prix fixe, $115 for five-course.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Notable Chef
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Jungsik, when it opened, aspired to be the first modern haute-Korean restaurant in all of New York City. The tables at this ambitious little establishment are covered with crisp white linens, and the painstakingly prepared dinners are served in handcrafted white bowls and giant plates as big as gull wings. The only dinner options are a $200 tasting menu, a $125 prix fixe, and a $55 dessert tasting menu, which, as any David Chang freak can tell you, is more enough to buy the entire menu at the original Momofuku outlet. The man behind this rash experiment in international dining is a talented young cook named Jung Sik Yim. He’s a veteran of Aquavit and Bouley, as well as several grand, Michelin-approved kitchens in Europe, and he runs a popular restaurant in Seoul called Jungsik Dang, which has been praised for its “nouvelle” approach to Korean cuisine. Here at Yim’s New York branch, the space is a generic modern style (clean, unadorned walls, white curtains over the windows) and divided into three dimly lit, slightly feng shui–challenged rooms, the last two separated by a sliding door. Most of the dishes are served in petite tasting portions, and the categories from which diners create their meal at Jungsik are salad, rice/noodles, seafood, meat, and dessert. The best of these nouvelle creations are the ones with roots in classic Korean homestyle cooking, like classic galbi short ribs, dressed boutique red peppers, and crispy fried rice cakes shaped like peanuts. As one stylish, mannered course succeeds another, however, it’s hard not to feel that infectious, communal quality that makes good Korean cooking special being slowly leached out of the meal.

Note

The pictures of Yim’s dishes on the restaurant’s website are some of the most beautiful food photos this grumpy critic has ever seen.

Ideal Meal

Bibimbap, sea urchin, miyeok or spicy kalguksu, Five Senses pork, apple rice-wine baba.

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