A paneled ceiling design, stained glass, and simple wooden furniture inform the welcoming decor at the Korean Hanbat Restaurant. With an extensive menu of traditional dishes, the Zagat-rated and 2013 Michelin-recommended restaurant's Korean roots run deeper than a wide receiver whose brakes are broken. Its kitchen staff whips up plates of pajun, a scallion pancake with seafood, or bi bim kook soo, Korean-style noodles with beef and vegetables including strips of carrots, peppers, onion, and large chunks of broccoli.
UFC’s lightly fried, thoroughly crispy, delicately sauced Korean-style fried chicken has been both praised and profiled by the New York Times and New York Magazine. Fresh cuts of meat fry in oil free of trans fat and cholesterol, pulling out the fat in the skin and leaving each piece without the build-up of grease that makes American fried chicken so difficult to properly throw. The resulting crunchy exterior gets doused in a coat of one of four sauces, including traditional Korean soy garlic or tangy American barbecue mustard.
"It's a game of chicken wing roulette," remarks Simon Chin on the Gentlemen Know Style blog. He's talking about Debasaki's gyoza wings, which forgo bones for the kind of stuffing you'd find in the traditional Asian dumpling. The chefs fill the meaty morsels with corn, shrimp, hot peppers, or a blend of veggies—order the combination platter, and you'll know exactly what Chin was talking about. Korean fried chicken, both stuffed and otherwise, is the highlight here: aromatic plates of wings that Serious Eats calls "blissfully meaty" with a "spicy gloss [that] is enough to snap you to attention, but not enough to overwhelm the interior." But there's also plenty for the adventurous: kimchi fried rice comes adorned with an over-easy egg to temper its blazing spice, and the seafood oden soup brims with a medley of mussels, fishcakes, crab, and dumplings. As diners cleanse their palates with spoonfuls of green tea ice cream, a ritzy cosmopolitan décor complements feasts with playful, jellyfish-like light fixtures and geometric furniture.
Japanese and Thai cuisines share table space within the romantically-lit dining room of Aozora Restaurant. Plates of fresh sushi sporting bites of white tuna or giant clam sit next to steaming plates of pad thai or thai red curry. At one of the restaurant's hibachi tables, a large hibachi grill sizzles hunks of Angus steak or lobster tail. The space includes a large dining room and sushi bar, a separate hibachi room, and a separate private party room.
One of the best parts about living in a big city is the access to food from a variety of countries. But it can be tricky to decide if you want Thai or Indian, Mexican or Greek. Venue hopes to make that decision a little bit easier with its menu of international cuisine from 14 different countries.
Patrons can dive into the Mexican-Indian hybrid Nanchos—clay-oven flatbread loaded with classic nacho toppings, including guacamole and cheese—or Thai chicken satay before switching countries and devouring a jerk chicken with fresh yucca, Turkish beef with eggplant, and Mediterranean wraps. Venue also dishes out classic American eats, like burgers with fries, to sate hungers of all sizes.