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My new favorite Korean restaurant - Kori

foodwhisperer | Feb 17, 2012 07:34 PM

Kori is a Korean restaurant in Tribeca. It is upscale compared to 32nd St. It is not upscale compared to Jung Sik. Kori is way more Korean than Jung Sik though. The service and the staff are as good as it gets. Very friendly and accomodating staff. The cocktails are great. I had Shochu and ginger on the rocks, fantastic. Amazing I can still type,
For Starters: We had the shrimp bomb ( grilled shrimp, cucumber, fish roe, kyuja sauce) it was served in a porcelain soup spoon and you got 6 of them.
Then we had deep fried octopus witha yuju chili sauce, octopus was nicely crisped,
Then Kimchi Pork Belly served with kimchi and tofu
We also had tuna tartare or cham chi moo chim. wild yellow tail tuna with seaweed sald and korean pear. The crispiness of the pear went really well with the tuna. A great combination.
After that we had some complimentary kimchi and pickled veggies. and some kind of bean puree amuse bouche. Not as many of the free things like in K Town. But this is Tribeca, and it was enough of the free stuff.
Then we had the best Juhn ever. It was a seafood Juhn ( Pancake) served on a hot black griddle. It was crisp around the edges and not at all greasy like most places on 32nd street. Absolutely excellent.
For a main course we had the Dolsot Bibim Bap. This was the more traditional variety. it was served with white rice, sauteed spinach, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms,carrots , onions, zucchini,radish,seaweed and other things. We had Kalbi on top. it was served in a Dolot , which is a hot stone bowl. It was offered in 3 heat variations, we ordered medium, but should have got hot. I had to add hot sauce and i asked for kimchi on the side to mix in. In Korea, it was much spicier. But it tasted really good. They offer kori Bibim Bap, but its more modern style and most of the choices are not in a stone sizzling bowl.
For dessert we had warm chocolate cake with hot chocalte liquid center and vanilla ice cream.
The teas are really good, we had the plum tea and the ginger honey tea.
They have lots of great stuff on the menu. This place gives you an upscale Korean food but keeps the authenticity of real korean food, except for some dishes are more creative.
We started out trying to get into Super Linda (Uraguay/Argentina) food, they said the place was booked , but the tables were mostly empty . They try to create a false scene, making you wait an hour , like Buddakan does. We left and went to Kori, No wait. I am so happy we went to Kori.

253 Church St, New York, NY 10013

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