Superheroes watch over Tangier Korean BBQ, keeping the peace in street scenes painted on the walls or as cartoonesque sculptures flexing against the backdrop of exposed, weathered wood beams. Wait staff weave between the futuristic super statues carrying trays of Korean dishes such as bibimbap and kimchi stew. Tangier's signature all-you-can-eat Black Angus smorgasboard pummels hearty appetites with short ribs, chicken, vegetables, and other flavors, which deluge tables nestled between cozy booths and mod red chairs. The drink menu embraces the same Pacific flavors, featuring Sapporo beers and mojitos with lemongrass and lime. Couples chat at café seating on the outdoor patio, where they can sup under the stars or challenge the moon to 20 questions.
Woo Lae Oak tantalizes budding taste receptacles with a tempting menu of traditional Korean dishes with contemporary flourishes made from choice ingredients. Smokeless barbecue grills sear up succulent meat entrees such as the Ta Jo ostrich filet ($22) and Ko Be beef ($50), a choice cut of tender Kobe beef that promises an epic meatsperience for meal adventurers. Nip blossoming hunger flowers in the bud with traditional Korean favorites such as Kal Bi Jim, tender beef short rib simmered in sake-ginger soy glaze ($25), or vegetarian options such as Bo Sot Jun Gol ($18), wild mushrooms dancing to Tchaikovsky in a vegetable broth.
Bann infuses traditional East Asian cuisine with modern culinary adaptations to create an expansive menu that captures the distinct flavors of Korea's diverse tastescape. Masters of Korean comestibles use natural ingredients to prepare dishes in an open kitchen where diners can behold their flame-wielding skills as open nostrils catch the wafting aromas of exotic spices. Additionally, all tables are fitted with smokeless grills so guests can watch their succulent servings sizzle tableside. Doo boo kae nip ($8), an appetizer of bell peppers, soft tofu, and scallions swathed in fresh frocks of sesame leaves is a great launching pad for chew-infused conversations. After premeal noshing, order a juicy kal bi, a boneless beef short rib ($28), or a yang nyum dak, a tender chicken breast stuffed with five organic grains and glazed with honey and chili ($18). Hungry herbivores can enjoy the bi bim bap ($12), a heaping helping of steamed rice decorated with seasoned and marinated veggies to stop tongues from diving taste-buds first into hot woks.
Haus Dessert Boutique’s owner, Chris Kim, earned himself the bold moniker "Coffee Hunter" by introducing his award-winning Hawaiian coffee beans to his home country of Korea. The nickname reflects Kim’s commitment to coffee, which also comes through at his Korean-themed café, where lattes come topped with artistic foam featuring hearts, leafs, and detailed sipping instructions. In addition to premium, hand-dripped coffee, Haus Dessert Boutique also offers a range of organic tea, in exotic blends such as green tea latte, lychee oolong, and jasmine. Diners can also opt to cool off with an iced tea or smoothie.
A range of handmade desserts provide a sweet pairing to the myriad beverages. The menu's European and Asian influence is easy to see in dishes such as the crème brulee, tiramisu, and a variety of cheesecakes.
Sweeping contours shelter So Hyang's upscale Korean fare, prepared with an eye towards healthfulness and authenticity. Known collectively as banchan, a set of small plates laden with kimchi, potato salad, and marinated vegetables accompany the entrees like so many ducklings following a man in a duck costume. Forming one of the signature dishes of the Korean peninsula, the seafood and scallions of haemul pajeon are griddled together in a savory pancake. Asian pear adds sweetness to the broth of mul-naengmyeon and the marinade of grilled short ribs, eschewing the need for added sweeteners and pairing well with vinegar or spicy mustard sauce. Vegetarians may request alternative items to munch between sips of sweet, vodka-like soju or soda-like soda. Asian American pop group Far East Movement found So Hyang's sleek atmosphere sufficiently party-friendly to be featured in their video for "Like a G6".