Here's a look around one of the more unusual restaurants to open in New York this year. Gaonnuri is a brand new Korean bar and restaurant located on the 39th floor of an office building in K-Town. The space is laid out so that each table has a view of the skyline. After a first visit, Post critic Steve Cuozzo remarked that the "Empire State Building seems close enough to touch."
Gaonnuri is the brainchild of architect-turned-restaurateur Andy Sung. Chef Tae Goo Kang's menu features traditional Korean favorites like bibimbap and bossam, plus a wide selection of seafood and barbecue options (each table is equipped with a grill). During lunch, most entrees are $15, and the menu has a three-course prix fixe for $29. At dinner, the majority of the entrees are priced in the high teens and the mid-20s, and the restaurant also offers a $95 six-course tasting menu, which is reprinted below.
So, the food is slightly more expensive than what you'll find at most Korean restaurants down on 32nd Street, but the obvious difference here is the view and the sleek, spacious interior. After an early dinner at Gaonnuri, NY Journal wrote: "The food was excellent, with high-quality ingredients, well prepared." Steve Cuozzo also enjoyed the seafood hot pot he sampled on a first visit.
Gaonnuri opened about two and a half weeks ago. Check out the space above and below, and do send any early reports our way.
Here's the tasting menu:
TUNA SALAD ?? ???
Tuna Sashimi Salad
YUKHOE ?? or BOSSAM ??
Beef tartare marinated with sesame oil & soy sauce, topped with Korean pear or
Steamed pork and raw oysters served with a side of lettuce and spicy special Kimchi
Korean pancake sampler with fish, beef and vegetable
SENG GALBI ??? or MARINATED GALBI ????
Unseasoned prime short ribs or
Beef short rib marinated in our signature sauce
GONDRAE BAP & JJIGAE ????? ????
Rice mixed with Korean wild greens steamed in a stone pot served with
Korean miso-based stew with sliced beef, tofu and vegetable
*Choose one of desserts
+ DECONSTRUCTED SOO JEONG KWA
Poached Korean pear, yakgwa, cinnamon chantilly, ginger ice cream, pear sorbet
+ BFBA (BLACK FOREST BAKED ALASKA)
Devil's food cake, french meringue, vanilla ice cream, cherry sorbet
+ PINEAPPLE CREMEUX
Lime-rum poached pineapple, coconut rocher, coconut sorbet
+ SNICKERS BAR
Snickers cremeux, malt mousse, cocoa nib tuiles, salted caramel ice cream
+ YUZU PARFAIT
Green tea biscuit, candied black sesame, green tea ice cream
[View from the top by Krieger]