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

Oiji on Urbanspoon

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 ♥♥ 😦

Take 31 on Urbanspoon

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