The owners of Atoboy today open their deeply personal tasting menu restaurant Atomix. The $175, 10-course affair in Nomad at 104 East 30th St. between Park and Lexington avenues is only New York City’s second fine dining Korean experience, after Jungsik.
Diners start on the second floor in the bar area — open to the public with a light a la carte menu debuting in a few weeks — before heading downstairs into the lounge where snacks await. Finally, 16 people sit around a stage-like set-up for six seafood-heavy savory courses, dishes like raw sea bream with uni, mustard, and chungjang sauce orfried langoustine with nasturtium, chopi pepper, and anise hyssop — plus two desserts. Wine can be paired for $135.
Owners Ellia and Junghyun Park took extra care with the minimalist space, giving it an upscale bunker aesthetic full of gray tones and intimate details. They sourced the $600 ceramic plates from Korea, Ellia donated her personal chopstick collection, and diners will walk away with a booklet as a memento of the visit with cards that explain and memorialize each dish. See more photos of the space here.
Atomix contributes to an increasingly varied Korean dining scene surrounding the more K-pop-focused Koreatown. Hand Hospitality, which backs similarly cutting-edge, modern restaurants like Her Name is Han, Take 31, and the Parks’ Atoboy, is a partner here. Beyond Koreatown, NYC’s Korean dining scene has never been more creative with restaurants like Oiji, Soogil, and Hanjan taking the lead.