Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 02/11/2015

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  • Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
    1 E. 32nd St., 212-966-9839, Midtown, Manhattan
    Koreatown has more glitz now that Kang Ho Dong has opened a branch of his wildly popular Korean barbecue chain. The comedian and former wrestler—whose life-size cardboard cut-out greets guests—also owns outposts in Seoul, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Flushing, Queens. His reputation for seriously good food has preceded him, judging from the lines out the door and the parade of celebrity chefs (David Chang, Danny Bowien, Dale Talde, Anthony Bourdain) whose visits have been trumpeted. His own rising star chef, Deuki Hong (ex-Momofuku, Jean Georges), deserves credit, too, for overseeing the whole operation. Gaslit tabletop grills are vented by metal vacuums that look like high-tech immersion blenders. Go with a group and feast on the beef combo of brisket, short ribs and prime rib along with sides of soft tofu with soy-chile dressing, kimchi stew and steamed kabocha squash with mixed nuts.

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