Yesterday, in a Good News/Bad News feature, we learned Yelpers, bloggers, and 'Hounders seem mostly impressed with the new modern and expensive Korean restaurant that opened in the old Chanterelle space, Jung Sik. Critics haven't been won over so quickly. An unnamed critic recently commented to Eater that a dinner there was an unmitigated shitshow. And this is what Sifton writes of the place in his last "Hey, Mr. Critic" column:
I wish I could send you back to Chanterelle, which closed in 2009. The restaurant occupied a wide-windowed space on the corner of Harrison and Hudson Streets in TriBeCa that was among the most beautiful dining rooms in New York City. Now it is a strange and untested haute Korean restaurant called Jung Sik, which most closely resembles an airport lounge. It is early yet, so Jung Sik may rise to great heights in the Manhattan ecosystem, but as of last weekend it was still puttering around on the runway, serving lush plates of not particularly interesting (and not particularly Korean!) food.Perhaps it just needs time, but remember this is $125 a head—half of Romera but the same price as Le Bernardin.
· Pleasing Finicky Parents and Nostalgic Texans [NYT]
· The Early Word on Modern Korean Restaurant Jung Sik [~ENY~]