New Modern Korean Restaurant ”Oiji” East Village

Co owner chef Brian Sehong Kim & TK KU

Oiji is a new modern Korean restaurant in the East Village, unlike the other Korean restaurants such as the ones in K Town. I came here for dinner Saturday with my friend Eva ( City Baby Dining ). The ambiance was very cute and cozy, perfect place for any night of the week. They have one large table in middle of restaurant for larger group (maybe for 8 to 10 peoples). Other than that they have smaller tables of 2 and 4. All the plates are tapas style and perfect for sharing. Me and Eva shared three dishes and Beef Tartare with ramp aioli was delicious and artfully crafted. Fried Chicken with spicy soy vinaigrette was good but nothing special. For sure my favorite was the Ssam Platter with spicy pork and gang-deon-jang. It was so lovely to meet two talented chefs.  Co owner chef Brian and chef TK. I will definitely be coming back to try more dishes soon 🙂

Cuisine: Modern Korean

Neighborhood: East Village

Recommend Dishes: Beef Tartare with ramp aioli $16/Ssam Platter with spicy pork and gang-deon-jang (for 2) $34/House-made Honey Butter Chips

Chef-Owner: Brian Sehong Kim, TK KU

Oiji   119 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003  (646) 767-9050

♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Beef Tartare with ramp aioli $16 ♥♥♥

Fried Chicken with spicy soy vinaigrette ♥♥♥1/2

Ginger’s Secret (bourbon, dry vermouth, and sour ginger syrup) $13

Ssam Platter with spicy pork and gang-deon-jang (for 2) $34 ♥♥♥♥♥

Spicy pork on Shiso leaf

greens and steamed sticky rice

gang-deon-jang on green leaf

Namson Pine (white rum, pine extract, honey, lemon, egg white & lavender) $13

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Korean Ramen & Ho’ Cake at ”Mokbar”


The only thing that could warm me up right now is Spicy Kimchi‬ Ramen‬ at Mokbar 🍜

Mokbar is located at inside of Chelsea Market in Meatpacking District. I ate so many different kind of Ramen before yet this was my first time eating Korean Style Ramen ( except instant noodle Shin Ramyun ). Three of us shared three different kind of Ramen and a few appetizers. Also we had Saki and Marc A.K.A NY Journal had a Makgeolli #Cheers ~ 🍶

I had to try Black Ramen and Spicy Tofu Ramen as food blogger. They were very unique and delish but my favorite Ramen was Kimchi Ramen. If you’re fan of Mapo Tofu and spicy food you will love Spicy Tofu Ramen. It was #HotHotHot 🔥🔥🔥

BUT more than Ramen, more than dumplings or Disco Fries ”Ho’ Cake” was OMG delish and only $6!! I have never had a Ho’ Cake before and now I’m so in love with this cute bun with yummy dipping sauce 🙂 I started new page called ”Bucket Dish” on Tabelog (www.tabelog.usBucket Dish is a special dish that worth traveling across the world just to eat. I am so ~ adding this dish on BucketDish of New York City.

Mokbar      75 9th Ave, ( at Chelsea Market ) New York, NY 10011  (646) 964-4448

♥♥♥ $$1/2

 Kimchi Rame – Kimchi bacon broth. Braised pork. Stewed kimchi. Scallion $13 ♥♥♥

Ho’ Cake – crispy bun with heavenly pork belly filling $6 ♥♥♥

This dish is on Tabelog’s Bucket Dish NY

Black Ramen

Black bean, bacon, vegetable sauce. Pork belly. Cucumber. Pickled daikon. Scallion $13 ♥♥♥1/2

Open Kitchen

Spicy Tofu Ramen

Pork and tofu sauce. Spicy garlic paste. Minced pork. Poached egg. Scallion $13, Pork belly topping $2 ♥♥♥1/2

Disco Fries

ramen gravy, cheese curd, kimchi, nori $12 ♥♥♥

The chef /owner Esther Choi

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Halmoni Dumplings $7 ( 6 pc )

ground pork, zucchini, cabbage, tofu, kimchi, garlic chive relish ♥♥♥1/2


Japchae Dumplings $7 ( 6 pc )

Pickled shiitake. Glass noodle. Garlic chive. Tofu • Garlic chive relish ♥♥♥1/2

Saki ♥♥♥


Mokbar ( left side )

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Korean BBQ at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Ktown

Yukhoe 육회 – beef tartare with asian pear

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is a chain from South Korea, and there is already one in Flushing, Queens and one in Los Angeles, CA. I came here for dinner a few days after their opening and place was already packed when I arrived around 10pm. Luckly without reservation five of us waited less than twenty minutes. The menu’s simple Korean BBQ. There are two combo choices, one for beef and one for pork. One of friend couldn’t eat pork so we had a beef combo. I really enjoyed everything I had and service was awesome too! One dish stand out more than any others was Yukhoe 육회 ( Korean style steak tartare). It was so good that this dish is already on ”Bucket Dish List” in New York city. YOU MUST!!!

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong 319 5th Ave, ( on 32 Steer, b/t 5th Ave & Madison Ave ) New York, NY

♥♥♥   ♥♥   ♥♥♥ $$$

Bart and  Anthony with owner Joseph Ko 🙂

Cold noodle

Scallion pancake

Kimuchi soup

owner Joseph Ko



Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong


Miss Korea BBQ

Miss Korea BBQ

Miss Korea BBQ


First Floor: http://www.misskoreabbq.com/best_korean_bbq_restaurant_nyc/

Second Floor: http://on2nd.misskoreabbq.com/

Third Floor: http://on3rd.misskoreabbq.com/about/

I was dining at first floor 🙂

I highly recommend you to order Bullak Jeongol 불낙전골 A spicy hot pot made with bulgogi(soy sauce marinated beef) and octopus $49.95. One of the best Korean hot pot in NYC 🙂

Miss Korea BBQ    10 West 32nd St., New York, NY 10001  (212) 594-4963

♥♥ $$$

Prime Seng Deungsim 프라임 생등심    37.95
USDA Certified Prime Boneless Rib Eye(10oz). Wet Aged 2 weeks in cryovac. Juicy & tender

Hang-ali Dwaeji Galbi 항아리 돼지갈비    29.95
Marinated pork short ribs in a special clay pot

Bullak Jeongol 불낙전골 49.95 

A spicy hot pot made with bulgogi(soy sauce marinated beef) and octopus


Take 31


Korean Cafe ”Take 31”


slow cooked Korean style pork belly with white kimchi and scallion topped with special hot sauce ♥♥♥1/2

Three of us ordered four different dishes to share. I only enjoyed one dish but I still highly recommend you to try slow cooked Korean style pork belly!!!!! ( picture above ). I give  🐷🐷🐷🐷 Oink.

TAKE31   15 East 31st St., New York, NY 10016  (646) 398-9990

♥♥♥ $$$

cold noodle soup ♥ 

lazy chicken ♥♥

seafood noodle stew ♥♥ 😦

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Gaonnuri       1250 Broadway, 39th Fl, NYC 

This is like no other Korean restaurant along the Ktown block. It’sGaonnuri means ‘center of the world’ I was here for birthday dinner with large group.This is a great venue for a special occasion like company Holiday dinner. Located on the 39th penthouse floor at the corner building of Broadway, it offers stunning panoramic floor to ceiling views of the city below. My favorite two dishes from dinner were Japchae glass noodle & Spicy cod fish.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2    ♥♥♥     $$$1/2


Korean Fine Dinning ”Jungsik” 2011 & 2014 Menu

uni bibinba ♥♥♥1/2

NYC doesn’t have many Korean fine dinning. Most of Korean restaurants are located in Korean town in midtown. We ordered two different kind of 3 courses tasting menu with wine pairing. Each plate was pretty and delicious. Our waiter was very helpful ( Cutie Patroller doesn’t talk about service normally but it was very memorable service we had so I’m mentioning this time ) \(^_^)// My photos are two different kind of 3 courses tasting menu. Mushroom dashi with poached egg was wonderful. Me & undercover patroller Kim were smiling when waiter brought us House made tofu soup because before they added broth this tinny tinny tiny tiny tofu with mushroom was in big plate ( You can understand if you check my photos below ) Hahahaha (^_^) I recommend you to come here for special occasion and intimate dinner with someone. xoxo

Tasting Menu $80, Wine Pairing $50/$75.  ( 2011 )

9 Course $180, Wine Pairing $110 ( 2014 )

www.jungsik.kr 2 Harrison St,New York, NY 10013

Overall Food Atmosphere Price

9 Course $180 from 2014 Menu


Octopuswith ssamjang aioli

2011 Tasting Menu $80

Mushroom Dashi Poached Egg ♥♥♥1/2


Three Kind of Bibimba ♥♥♥1/2Img_1658Img_1660Img_1664


House Made Tofu with Dashi Broth ♥♥♥1/2Img_1651Img_1649Img_1652

Spoonable ♥♥♥1/2Img_1657

Crispy Red Snaper ♥♥♥1/2Img_1666

Truffle Chicken ♥♥♥1/2 “Whoops..I was playing with the green piece…..haha”


Raspberry Creameux, Sponge Sninach Cake & Complimentary Macaron and ect ♥♥♥1/2Img_1675

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Momofuku Ssam Bar

www.momofuku.com – 207 2nd Ave , NYC 10003

Ssam Bar, located in the East Village, is one of Chef David Chang’s five restaurants. I’m a fan of his original Momofuku noodle bar (one of my favorite pork based Ramen shops in the city- my #1 pick is Ipuddo). Ssam Bar showcases David’s Korean and French influences, but for me it seems very similar to the Japanese Izakaya style (Japanese tapas pub). I like this place for combining a casual dining vibe created by the staff, open kitchen, and long community tables yet it still serves some very sophisticated food (like a Uni dish that amazed me). Start with a sake or magnum size Asahi beer (really cool). This pig lover’s paradise, as a matter of fact the menu explicitly declares “we do not serve vegetarian…”, is known for its whole slow-cooked pork shoulder (special order in advance). They also have a great raw bar but in this case skip it – you should order a second plate of pork buns. Before you leave, make sure to check out next door’s Milk Bar for dessert!! P.S. Chang’s newest place is Ma Peche in midtown, known for their ‘cool’ foodie version of Vietnamese style 7 courses of Beef, but this Cutie Patroler doesn’t often patrole midtown…….(>_<) so hopefully one day I will make it up there!

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ $$$


Santa Barbara Uni lomo, preserved tomatoes, asian pear –  A must order, amazing dish ♥♥♥   


Pork Buns pork belly, cucumber, hoisin, scallions $9 – The bun is sooo cute and the pork melts in your mouth  ♥♥♥                                      Continue reading