The menu at Kalbi House is a celebration of popular Korean dishes. Small grills built into the tables allow diners to sear up marinated pork ribs and scallops to their liking. Alternatively, the chefs can prepare the entire meal for you, including hot pots filled with noodles and beef tripe or traditional casseroles studded with monkfish and bean curds. But they don't stop there, branching out beyond these Korean specialties to craft a handful of Japanese favorites such as sushi rolls and teriyaki entrees.
For almost 25 years, Gammeeok has been treating hungry New Yorkers to authentic Korean dishes. The menu includes classics?like bibimbap?as well as lesser-known gems, like seolleongtang, a white ox-bone broth brimming with brisket and wheat-flour noodles, which The New York Times dubbed one of "two things Korean food lovers can't live without". Other must-trys include abai soondae, a sausage stuffed with pork, sweet potato noodles, and steamed pig's feet, and the platter of briny raw oysters, sliced steam-softened pork belly with radish and white kimchi.
Lined with busy shops bearing Korean-language signs, Palisades Park's Broad Avenue is the "epicenter of life in Korean New Jersey," according to food blog Serious Eats. Nestled on this bustling strip is Hanbat Restaurant, the sister location of the Michelin-recommended Manhattan eatery of the same name. Hanbat's menu reveals its chefs' commitment to traditional Korean cuisine: iconic ingredients like kimchi and L.A. kalbi or marinated beef short ribs help chefs add their distinctive flavors to select dishes, and the barbecue section spotlights everything from grilled brisket to duck. The dishes' presentation also adds to this deeply rooted sense of authenticity: in addition to serving rice in hot stone bowls, chefs also stir-fry a couple of entrees tableside, incorporating pork belly, vegetables, and a choice of seafood into the mix.
Lauded by the New York Times for a "vision that stretches far beyond Asia," Neo World Bistro and Sushi Bar forges new cuisine out of Eastern and Western influences. Indonesian-born head chef Sianto Njotoatmodjo borrows liberally from Italian, French, and Indian culinary traditions, turning out new takes on classics including seafood risotto, chicken in teriyaki beurre blanc, and spicy tuna with avocado and mango in paratha-style bread. Decked out in shades of light green and chocolate brown, the sleek dining room lies adjacent to the sushi bar where specialty rolls are named for positive and inspiring feelings such as "hope," "humble," and "hey, this is tasty sushi."
The name says it all at Global Grill, where Chef Myong's innovative culinary style manages to transcend both borders and traditions. Above all else she values the integrity of her ingredients, including sustainably grown produce, locally raised meats, and freshly caught Bronzino and Orata that are flown in from Greece overnight. Every recipe she creates accentuates the naturally vibrant flavors of these ingredients, a feat which she accomplishes by using an internationally-inspired spice rack. Rather than constrain herself to the culinary style of one culture, she adopts an approach that incorporates flavors from every corner of the compass. In addition to garnering a handful of Westchester Magazine's "Best Of" awards in recent years, Global Grill also earned praise from The New York Times for its cuisine's freshness and staff?s attention to detail.
A razor-sharp sense of balance is evident throughout the seasonal menus. Crispy Hudson Valley duck arrives with a rum-apple-apricot-chili compote and cider reduction, using the tension of sweet, savory, and spicy to create a distinctive entr?e that has endured as a crowd favorite. Chef Myong's organic, Korean-style fried chicken achieves an extra layer of flavorful depth by soaking in a spicy brine, and the miso-marinated Chatham Cod with forbidden black rice and exotic mushrooms lend a hearty-yet-balanced contrast to the fish's bright citrus gloss. Beyond its main fine-dining menu?which comprises an impressive number of gluten-free options?Global Grill also features a selection of tapas-style small plates that Chef Myong updates whenever she receives a new flash of inspiration or a particularly intriguing ingredient from the market.
Though BC Chicken—formerly Bonchon Chicken—may have changed its name, its menu still centers on poultry. Here, diners get their fix with crispy fried wings or drumsticks dressed in soy-garlic sauce. The Asian-inspired marinade hints at dishes included in the expanded menu, which features pot stickers stuffed with chicken or hot shrimp. Beef makes an appearance in the form of Korean-style bulgogi, which is the basis for the cheeseburger buried under kimchi coleslaw and the beef tacos with soy sauce and onions. Set to the backdrop of the bar’s 70-inch projection screen, meals are complemented by helpings of fried Oreos.