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Fire-Felled Ella Cafe Sneaks Back Onto Bedford Avenue

Ella's back patio. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Ella’s back patio. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

After being knocked out by a fire in early 2013, Ella Cafe reinvented itself as a Korean gastropub that never really took off. But yesterday, a signboard outside of Sujo announced that Ella was back. The owners explained the move on Facebook: “Over the past couple of months, we tried a new concept called Sujo but we kept hearing how much people missed Ella.”

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Closer Look at K’ook, a Korean Upstart Now Open on Curry Row

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

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.

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East Village’s Curry Row Loses Two More Indian Spots, Gains a ‘Casual Korean’

Mitali East (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mitali East (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

There’s more upheaval on the East Village’s Curry Row, where Banjara and Brick Lane Curry House moved away in recent years. Earlier today, workers were spotted moving fixtures out of Mitali East, the Indian restaurant that, having been open since 1973, was the oldest existing eatery still on East 6th Street, between Second and First Avenues. A sign on the door reads, “We lost our lease” and directs customers to sister spot Haveli.

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Oiji Has Quietly Opened in Dok Suni’s Former Digs

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Oiji, a chic Korean restaurant, has opened in the space that housed beloved Dok Suni for over two decades. As noted when we spoke to Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku back in October, the chefs and co-owners have experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants (Kim at Bouley, Ku at Gramercy Tavern) and it shows in the refined technique they apply to the Korean dishes here. 
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The Korean Spot In the Old Dok Suni Space Shall Open Soon

Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku in June (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku in June (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Way back at the start of the summer East Village staple and Quentin Tarantino’s favorite restaurant, Dok Suni, closed its doors. Back in June, B+B got a chance to speak with the two guys that will be taking over the space. As of today when we walked by, the defunct restaurant’s original sign hung in the door, but construction was in high gear. The owner says the place should be open in 3-4 weeks and that a full menu is forthcoming within the week.
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Korilla Opens For a Test-Run Tonight, Launches Next Week

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Hurry now to Korilla for their soft opening at Third Avenue and St. Marks Place — but don’t tell too many people, because they’re trying to keep it on the DL. The official opening should happen sometime next week (exact date TBD).

At the food-truck fleet’s first brick-and-mortar, you can choose from rice bowls, burritos, and salads with a selection of spicy pork, chicken, beef, tofu, and a wide array of kimchi and toppings. Rice bowls will go for $9, burritos for $8, and salads for $10.
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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

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.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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