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346 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Ninth Ave.
By mattybotwin on 12/21/2010
The braised short ribs were delectable and melty-good. The poached sable fish was tender, flaky and spicy. The service was gracious and warm on a cold night, with an impromptu sharing of a bottle of wine around the bar at the end of the night. An utterly wonderful evening all around.
Danji Restaurant: The new addition to Hell's Kitchen!
By ireneetraveler on 3/8/2011
According to many bloggers and media, his vision was to apply his French technique to the flavors of Korea. It was an intriguing and exciting concept, which would definitely attract many food lovers; but, can he deliver? Danji is a 33-seat modern Korean restaurant that has been opened for about two months. The modern-chic dĂ©cor gave a comfort, cozy aura, which gave the sense of wanting to remain longer with good company, good wine and good food. Although the food was delightful, the food was not what was expected from a 'modern Korean restaurant,' nor was it filling. Not all the dishes had a Korean influence or had any French technique presented. The dishes are fairly small, which gave the impression it was more of a tapas bar, than a restaurant. Danji is a Asian Fusion tapas bar serving American-style appetizer dishes. Hey, just look at the title of the dishes: Korean fried chicken wings, spicy pork belly sliders, fried calamari with wasabi mayo or skirt steak Korean BBQ style. Recommended Dish: Kimchi bacon fried paella on an iron cast plate. You know how they say â€śsave the best for last?â€ť Well, this was definitely the best and last dishâ€”a great way to end the meal. This had various spices and texturesâ€”soft, crispy, spicy, hot, salty, and juicy-congregating in a happy festival in your mouth. Just Scrumptious!
Danji, great for the culinary naiive who wants to overpay! A crushing disappointment.
By 070543 on 4/3/2011
After reading such positive reviews of Danji, and being generally excited about the concept, I had to check it out for myself. A true disappointment to say the least! Hats of to them for picking up on the "trend of the moment" and making themselves some money - because they are doing that to be sure! Even if I were not Korean-American, anyone who has an interest in gastronomy and rudimentary knowledge of asian food would be greatly underwhelmed by the offering at Danji - which could be acceptable if they weren't charging obscene prices for some of the most basic dishes imaginable. The most infuriating part of the meal was the couple forkfuls of $10 Japchae (one of the most basic korean dishes - glass noodles with a shaving of beef and veg), and the braised short ribs....or should I say "rib". Let me expand on that one - for $16, we received ONE (3in.) short rib, one pearl onion, one corner piece of carrot, and one 2in fingerling potato....you have got to be kidding me!! that was what put it over the top for me and my dining party. We just got robbed. Anyway, to sum up - if you don't mind uninspired, ridiculously overpriced (for what they're offering) dishes, please go to Danji - otherwise I say, just walk a few blocks and get a likely much better korean meal that will satisfy.
A hidden gem
By Mercy on 6/20/2011
Worth the trip to this side of town. Mixologist was lovely. Awesome, refreshing cocktails! Had the beef sliders, the kimchi paella, and the yellow tail sashimi. Fresh food, excellent quality. Great decor and atmosphere. Will be back to try more plates!
Fantastic Hell's Kitchen Korean/American Fusion
By rmaldonado on 3/20/2015
For folks who work in the West 50s, Hell's Kitchen is the lunch-time antidote to Midtown West overpriced mediocrity. There are plenty of creative, affordable, and delicious ethnic food options in the area. Of these, Danji may be the best. The bulgogi sliders ($12 for 2) are a revelation of flavor combinations and juiciness, an absolutely perfect combination of gentle spice, semi-sweet flavor, and fatty goodness. The "k.f.c." wings ($12 for 6 wings) are crunchy yet not overcooked and again a wonderful balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy. Wash it all down with the milky makgeolli (unfiltered rice beer, $8), and you have yourself a spectacular meal (the kimchi trio for $5 on the side is a nice touch, too). We ended up ordering two sets of the bulgogi sliders because we just could not believe the flavor, but those with greater will power could make due with just one order. All told, it would come out to a bit over $20 per person (assuming one order of sliders and perhaps passing on the kimchi)--pricey by any other city's standards, but eminently reasonable for a nice meal in New York. And this one is worth every penny. The pleasant white-painted brick walls and attentive-but-not-intrusive staff are just icing on the proverbial cake. A must if you're in the area or love Korean/American fusion.
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