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.
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.
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.
Who wants some tiger balls? Korilla BBQ is planning to open its first brick-and-mortar location this Friday in the East Village.
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.
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.)