Jung Sik is said to be the first truly modern Korean restaurant to open in New York City. It's definitely the most expensive. The restaurant, the brainchild of four young Koreans and Korean-Americans who met at the C.I.A. in Hyde Park, opens in the old Chanterelle space in Tribeca on Monday, complete with tablecloths, lush white seating, orchids on the tables, and a prix fixe $125 menu of modernist Korean fare (check out some photos here). It is the second branch of a restaurant the chef Jung Sik Yim opened in Seoul, South Korea in 2009.
The menu may look strikingly familiar to anyone who's been to Eleven Madison Park. For the five course menu, diners pick one item from the following categories: Salad, Rice/Noodle, Seafood, Meat, and Dessert, and items are explained as sparingly as possible, with titles like Mom's Scallops, Anchovy, and Four Seasons.
It's not the most straightforward home run of the season, but it should quiet any of those critics complaining about the casualization of the New York restaurant scene.
2 Harrison Street, Tribeca