K’ook, the casual Korean restaurant that replaced Jewel of India at 324 East 6th Street, opened this week and is now serving “crispy rice eggs” (boiled eggs wrapped in pork, rice, and kimchi and then deep fried). We stopped in for a visit this afternoon and they rolled out a feast of traditional and fusion dishes. That’s what “casual” means, explained chef Dantae (given name Yong Choi), who has worked in restaurants in Koreatown and on Long Island. (Owner Felicia Park was a partner in Han Joo on St. Marks Place.) Like another Korean newcomer, Yooeating, K’ook serves more than just the classics, as you can see from the menu and from the photos below.
St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)