New Seoul Garden’s chefs conduct culinary tours of East Asia without setting foot on the continent. Instead, they bring the food stateside through a hefty menu of Korean and Japanese specialties, including barbecue and sushi. Like shark-themed mylar balloons, most of their entrees celebrate seafood such as sushi with squid and salmon, though many plates star beef or chicken. Hot-pot dishes actually simmer at the table; rolls of soft-shell crab or sweet shrimp come into being at the sushi bar. The restaurant's interior itself bespeaks Asian roots; spindly tree branches open toward a skylight and several low tables are ringed with mats or seats for sitting on the floor. East Asian fans and artwork cover the walls, culminating in a rooftop tier that evokes a pagoda.
Since 1988, Charlie Kangs Restaurant has treated its customers to hearty, homey Korean and Chinese cuisine. Tender morsels of beef, fresh veggies, and fried egg bubble in stone bowls of bibimbap, and jajangmyeon noodles glisten with a savory black-soybean sauce.
Soho's low-lit dining room is cut in half by a meandering line of smooth, barren tree trunks. This touch of nature where it's least expected creates an aura of romance that complements the menu's artistically rendered Japanese cuisine. But sushi isn't the only highlight here; the restaurant also specializes in Korean dishes such as beef bulgogi. There's even some attention paid to contemporary trends, especially on a brunch menu that features Asian omelets and chicken katsu benedicts.
The fare in an average lunch box is typically nothing to get very excited about, as it usually consists of convenient foods such as leftovers or crumbs found in between the couch cushions. But Tomo's bento boxes break the mold and eschew the cartoon characters, too. In each box, the chef pairs the sushi or sashimi of the day with gyoza, inari—fried tofu—barbecue beef, or tempura. Boxes are complemented by orders of baked mussels, fried chicken wings, and mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna.
If you have trouble ordering at Sushi-N-Grill, try asking yourself how hands-on you want to be in the creation of your dinner. You can simply sit back and relax while the sushi chefs do all the work, rolling grilled salmon, spicy crab salad, jalapeno tempura, and cream cheese inside sheets of seaweed. Or, you can play the role of cook yourself, grilling spicy morsels of marinated chicken and pork, short ribs, and beef brisket atop a sizzling grill set right into your table. Of course, if you can't stand the heat, he kitchen is happy to whip up a bevy of piping hot Korean specialties for you: classic Korean stews arrive in steaming pots loaded with ingredients like kimchi, noodles, soft tofu, and even sliced rice cakes, while entrees include standbys like teriyaki salmon and sweet and sour pork.
Putting requires intense concentration, which is especially difficult when you have an elephant standing over your shoulder. At Sport-N-Fun, miniature golfers putt their way through three 18-hole courses adorned with statues of exotic wildlife such as gorillas and giraffes. These distractions are one of the many obstacles on the terrain, where bank shots and undulating hills stand between players and holes-in-one.
Sport-N-Fun's other exhilarating activities likewise vie for visitors' attention. Thrill-seekers zip around the curves and down the straightaways of the Go-Kart track, or leap skyward while securely harnessed on the bungee trampoline. In seven batting cages, machines pitch balls toward batters at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour, offering a range for different skill levels. Inside, classic games blip and bleep as players frantically tap buttons at the arcade. Amidst all the action, GG's Pizza renews energy with servings of pizza and fountain drinks.