Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Korean fare at Rice Bar.
Rice Bar's trained chefs transform fresh, authentic ingredients into artfully crafted Korean delicacies. Creatively plated meals, such as shin ramen noodle soup ($8.95), launch eyes into frantic semaphore, preparing the tongue for imminent food landings. The talented chefs whip up a variety of authentic Korean and pan-Asian fare, though they specialize in the blending techniques of bibimbap bowls constructed from white rice, protein, veggies, and gochujang, a fermented red-pepper paste that ties all the flavors together. Diners can introduce taste buds to a signature bibimbap such as spicy chicken ($9.95) or kalbi ($11.49) or send chopsticks bobbing for personally chosen comestibles in a design-your-own bibimbap ($6.49).
Rice Bar's rustic, urban décor, including tree-like frames affixed with dangling polaroid photos, complements the earthy style of the eatery. Boards of unfinished plywood span the front counter, behind which diners can spy chefs at work, and a colorful outdoor patio invites customers to cozy up to a wooden folding chair or a tree stump carved into a functional lay-z-boy.