By Chef Junghyun Park

JP Park & Ellia Park

JP Park & Ellia Park

Chef Junghyun "JP" Park recently opened Atoboy, which is his ode to Korean banchan, the small plates traditionally served as side dishes in Korean restaurants. He is elevating them and serving them tapas style to make up his entire menu. Previously, he was the chef de cuisine at Jungsik, a high-end Michelin-starred Korean restaurant.

ATOBOY
43 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016
T: 646.476.7217 | atoboynyc.com
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Squid, Pork, Shrimp, Salsa Vverde  | Photograph courtesy of Atoboy

Squid, Pork, Shrimp, Salsa Vverde  | Photograph courtesy of Atoboy

Atoboy's Banchan Menu

"My goal is to create a menu that features local New York ingredients, while at the same time Korean traditional techniques. It's difficult to find good Korean ingredients here, due to different climates and environments. So this is a new challenge for me, it has a distinct New York and Korean style."

Pork Jowl, Barley, Ssamjang, Romaine | Photograph courtesy of Atoboy

Pork Jowl, Barley, Ssamjang, Romaine | Photograph courtesy of Atoboy

Why Banchan?

"In Korea, we enjoy a meal based on white rice and banchan dishes. Korean people enjoy their meal family-style, sharing plates with many different banchan dishes. Instead of serving unlimited banchan dishes as other Korean restaurants do in the city, I decided to showcase our banchan dishes in a more refined, but approachable format.

The banchan-style, which is very much meant to be family-style, enables one to consume a balanced and harmonious meal of Korean food. Expect different temperatures of banchan dishes, and Korean Kimchi and Jjangajji--highlighting fermentation and pickling techniques."


Chef Park's NYC Korean Food Guide

Photograph courtesy of The Kunjip

Photograph courtesy of The Kunjip

TRADITIONAL | The Kunjip

In Koreatown, order the Premium Galbi [short ribs].

32 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
T: 212.564.8238 | thekunjip.com

Photograph courtesy of Her Name is Han

Photograph courtesy of Her Name is Han

MODERN | Her Name is Han

Order the Slow Cooked Pork Belly.

17 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016
T: 212.779.9990 | www.hernameishan.com

 

Shopping

Hong Kong Supermarket | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Hong Kong Supermarket | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

New York Mart + Hong Kong Supermarket

At both these stores in Chinatown you'll find fresh, seasonal ingredients everyday that are so reasonably priced.

NEW YORK MART
128 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
T: 212.374.4088

HONG KONG SUPERMARKET
157 Hester Street, New York, NY 10013
T: 212.966.4943

Late Night

Photograph courtesy of Take 31 (Instagram)

Photograph courtesy of Take 31 (Instagram)

Take 31

There's great food and good vibe. I feel like I am in back in my country when I come here.

15 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016
T: 646.398.9990 | www.mytake31.com


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