Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/01/2015
Cho Vege Rolls. Photo: Dantae Yong Choi
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324 E. 6th St., 212-254-0300, East Village, Manhattan
K'ook is pronounced "cook," not "kook." The name is a play on the words Korean and cook, both of which describe chef-partner Felicia Park. She grew up in a Korean restaurant family (her mother still helps run Han Joo in Flushing) and channels her parents' traditional recipes for steamed dumplings, kimchi and short rib stew with carrots, radishes and chestnuts. Bibimbap in a hot stone bowl is particularly satisfying, a mound of rice with vegetables, mushrooms and a fried egg, customized with beef, pork or tofu and fiery chili paste to meet your personal level of tolerance. Dantae Yong Choi handles the modern fusion part of the menu, including fried Scotch eggs wrapped in ground pork, rice, kimchi and bread crumbs, extra good with a cold beer. The homespun eatery sports whimsical decor (like a framed "WTF: Where's the Food" sign) and has gained a word-of-mouth following in the East Village, which means a young and cool—but not loud—crowd.