Remember Danji, the 33-seat Korean small-plates joint coming to Hell’s Kitchen? A blog tracking the restaurant’s construction originally put its opening at October; a couple of months later, Danji opens this evening. Again, this is Hooni Kim’s first solo venture after stints at Daniel (as chef de partie) and later at Masa, where he prepared the restaurant’s Korean staff meals. He’ll be applying French technique to the flavors of Korea (where he was born, though he was raised in Manhattan), and his menu is separated into “traditional” dishes like kimchee pancakes and grilled pork belly, and less rigorously authentic “modern” dishes like kimchee bacon-fried paella. The desserts come from Paris Baguette, and former Counting Room mixologist Vincent Favella’s cocktails incorporate ingredients like ginger ginseng, milkis soda, and Asian pear. See the menu below, and for an idea of the food, consult our slideshow of plates from a preview tasting.
Danji, 346 W. 52nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-586-2880