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.
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."
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.
Sushi Maru’s chefs prepare a menu of maki rolls and traditional Korean hotpots in an eatery reminiscent of a Tokyo sushi bar. Delicate porcelain figurines enliven the BYOB restaurant, which otherwise dons a decidedly romantic vibe by combining dark wood accents, glowing paper lanterns, and a friendly staff well-versed in the entire Tom Jones catalog. Table and sushi-bar seating both offer comfortable perches from which to enjoy more than two dozen regular and specialty rolls, with choices that range from traditional california and spicy-tuna options to contemporary updates such as a caribbean roll topped with baked lobster salad.