New year, new eats.
Some fine-dining vets have opened a West Village cocktail bar in the former Diablo Royale space and a restaurant bringing French-Korean delicacies to the East Village.
First up, Soogil. The man behind the eponymous restaurant, Soogil Lim, was a sous chef at Daniel before moving on to be executive chef at acclaimed progressive Korean spot Hanjan. On East 4th Street, Lim is marrying the French techniques he honed at Daniel with his Korean background, turning out inventive dishes like sweet potato beignets accompanied by white kimchi soup as well as cold-weather comfort dishes like soy-braised short rib with winter vegetables. To drink, there are Korean spirits like soju and makgeolli as well as cocktails made with Korean ingredients like hibiscus infused-soju. See the whole menu here.
On the other side of town, Due West comes from Jess Goldfarb, the former cocktail director at acclaimed Tribeca spot Locanda Verde, and Camilo Viafara, the restaurant’s former sommelier. They’re respectively overseeing a seasonal cocktail list that includes bottled bevies as well as a “build your own” Old Fashioned, and a wine list that focuses on small, domestic producers. There’s also a respectable champagne list.
The food, by chef Adabis Castro, includes a raw bar, bar snacks like a hot crab dip with cheddar cheese and smoked trout roe, and small plates like the requisite beef tartare. For splurgers, there’s a $65 chicken for two with foie gras and leek butter. The art on the walls is courtesy of ACA Galleries, and includes pieces by artists like the late Richard “Shadownman” Hambleton, among others. Check out PDFs of the dinner menu here and the drinks menu here.
Due West, 189 W. 10th St., West Village, 646-687-4609; open Sunday to Wednesday from 5pm to midnight, Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 2am.
Soogil, 108 E. 4th St., East Village; 646-838-5524; open Monday to Thursday, 6pm – 11pm; Friday to Saturday, 6pm – 12am; Sunday, 5pm to 10pm.