Fine dining Korean restaurant Jungsik arrived on the Tribeca scene in 2011, and has since garnered two Michelin stars. Helming the kitchen is Korean born chef Ho Young Kim, who previously worked at Jungsik’s original Seoul location. The restaurant’s two offerings are its nine course Signature Tasting ($200) and five course Seasonal ($125) menus, both with wine pairing options from the 700-800 types on hand. Through his cuisine, Kim’s goal is to present not only Korean ingredients and techniques, but also insight into Korea’s cultural background. For example, the Tasting’s octopus is braised for 2-3 hours in dashi before being lightly fried and served with an aioli sauce made using gochujang (fermented red pepper paste), to give it a Korean flavor. Also, this menu’s branzino is grilled so that its skin remains crispy, and then served over white kimuchi with perilla (sesame) oil surrounding it. Desserts even get a Korean twist, such as the Bingsu (shaved ice) topped with Omija syrup. Omija is a Korean berry said to contain the five flavors of sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty. For those who have a sweet tooth, there is a five course dessert tasting ($55, wine pairing option for an additional $35) that includes the Omija Bingsu and is a fusion of Korean and Western tastes. In addition to Jungsik’s wide selection of wines, there are Korean inspired cocktails like Omijarita which uses the aforementioned berry and Live to Be Hundred, comprised of Makgeolli (unfiltered rice wine), soju (distilled rice liquor), and Baekseju (ginseng herb liquor). Drinking the latter just might guarantee you a long life!
Galbi is the final savory offering of the Signature Tasting menu, and these barbequed beef short ribs are prepared in traditional Korean style.
The Signature Tasting’s octopus is braised in dashi for 2-3 hours.
Omija Bingsu (shaved ice with berry syrup) is one of Jungsik’s delectable desserts.
Jungsik’s stylish interior is the perfect place to enjoy its fine dining offerings.
2 Harrison St. (bet. Hudson & Greenwich Sts.), New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-219-0900 | www.jungsik.com