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Five Senses Korean

Pan | Jul 4, 201502:56 AM

My girlfriend and I had an early dinner today at Five Senses, a 2-week-old Korean restaurant on 32 St. It's excellent and you should try it, too.

We shared an order for 2 of braised galbi with jujubes, carrots, enoki mushrooms, Korean rice cakes, quail eggs, etc. Soothing stew, not spicy but with a somewhat earthy sauce with a bit of sweetness. A surprising ingredient was white asparagus. Every ingredient was perfectly cooked, in my opinion - the vegetables retained some crunch, and the quail eggs had a really pleasant texture. And of course the galbi was enjoyable.

Also, every banchan dish was very good - their kimchi was delicious, and they also served sliced burdock root with dried silverfish (the anchovy-sized fish, of course, not the bugs!), sliced jalapenos with sweet soy sauce (or something similar), sweet-and-sour pickled cucumber - particularly delicious, with some horseradish or fresh mustard taste and a bit of chili, some julienned smoked fish with julienned daikon in gojuchang, and a cauliflower dish with mixed diced vegetables (which we ignored, but the cauliflower was very pleasant). In the case of the banchan, too, everything was cooked perfectly, so that it had optimal texture. I was very impressed.

The price of our meal was $35 plus tax and tip in total, amounting to $45 all told. We drank tap water and corn tea, for which we were not charged.

You'll notice, too, when you go, that this restaurant took their interior decorating seriously, with an interesting stone wall and tiny succulent plants and such on the long tables in the middle of the room, for example. I don't eat decor, so I care less about it than I do about food, but I do take note of it.

The address is 9 W. 32 St., and it's next to BCD Tofu House, where we had planned to go. It's a different kind of place, but their banchan is certainly superior to BCD's, and their overall cooking may be more refined, but I look forward to going repeatedly to try other menu items and see.

Five Senses,
BCD Tofu House
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