By Chef Junghyun 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'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."
"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
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
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
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
HONG KONG SUPERMARKET
157 Hester Street, New York, NY 10013
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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