Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of modern Korean fare at Bann.
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.
A multilevel design, elegant stone table tops, and amalgamation of modern and antiquated Asian décor lend this upscale eatery an atmosphere of sophistication for dates, business gatherings, and soy-sauce-filled balloon fights. Bann also provides chair-less ondol seating for those who would like to undergo a traditional Korean dining experience.