Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Revive shifting sustenance with today's Groupon for modern Korean fare and sushi at Chom Chom in Midtown. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner cuisine.
Chom Chom offers fresh, eclectic Korean cuisine and specializes in the hybrid-meal format of kapas, or Korean tapas. Shareable small plates feature such whimsical fare as fried-chicken lollipops sidekicked with blue cheese and tofu dipping sauce ($7), as well as tofu pizza topped with tofu, kimchi, peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella, and wistful remembrance of youthful holidays in Capri ($10). Rice dishes are crowned with the tastiest of trimmings, or opt for miso-marinated black cod in a red wine balsamic reduction ($12). Chom Chom's protein purveyors also serve up meat and fish fusions such as eundaegu jorim, black cod with radishes and assorted vegetables in a spicy chili sauce ($26), kalbi jjim braised beef short rib ($28), or nakji bokkum, stir-fried baby octopus served without its child-sized tentacle shoes ($22). Pacify ravenous sweet teeth with key-lime pie ($7) or ice cream in flavors such as green tea, chocolate, and black sesame ($6).
Chom Chom's modern, upscale décor features dark wood accents and a 120-seat bi-level area with backlit vertically cut trees to make visiting lumber barons feel at home. Treat famished ocular cavities to this elegant visual feast while indulging parched blood-alcohol levels with selections from the full bar, including specialty cocktails, Korean beer, soju, and premium sakes and wines.
- They offer perfect portion sizes and the seafood scallion pancakes and Kalbi-jjim are the best I have ever tasted in NYC. – raken81, Zagat
- Good, creative Korean food with very pleasant service. Interesting small plates made it easy to try a number of different dishes. – An OpenTable.com user who dined on 10/09/2010
Chom Chom's chefs serve up authentic Korean entrees, sushi rolls, and shareable Korean small plates, or kapas, in a chic, modern restaurant. Nimble fingers stuff homemade dumplings, and a stone bowl of dolsot bibimbap arrives to the table crowned with a fried egg. The 5,000-square-foot eatery rambles over two floors and seats 120 diners, whose optic appetites are sated by walls bedecked with yellow horizontal light fixtures and backlit cross-sections of tofu tree. Signature cocktails flood martini glasses with flavors such as green tea, lychee, and traditional soju as wooden spoons and chopsticks at each place setting lie in wait of post-meal stilt races.