I have been meaning to write about Jungsik New York Tribeca for a long time now. This is my top 3 favorite restaurant in New York. I first went to the original location at Jungsik Seoul, and was totally blown away by the food. The experience at Jungsik was actually one of the motivating factors for me to even start this Korean food website. I had never tasted such elevated Korean food while still maintaining all the true Korean flavors and ingredients. I feel so lucky to be able to experience this food in New York at the old Chanterelle space in Tribeca. The quality of the ingredients, execution, service, and ambiance are all really stellar.
I love that this restaurant does not have huge entree portions so you can order one or two more dishes than you would normally at a fancy restaurant and taste many plates each visit. The Jungsik menu is divided into 5 categories: appetizer, rice/noodle/ seafood, land, and sweet. Most entrees are $25-$34. This actually feels like a value to me because at other similar level of cooking/ambiance/service these dishes would be over $35 in New York. I only come here on special occasions because I want to save this special place for the best days. I have dined here a few times and can say I have never been underwhelmed by any of the dishes.
Jungsik New York Tribeca
Address: 2 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013
Jungsik New York Tribeca on the corner of Harrison and Hudson Street in beautiful and quiet Tribeca
The gorgeous dark and cream interior at Jungsik New York Tribeca
Private Dining Room in the back
Beautiful table setting
Special flower delivery Jungsik had waiting for me on a special occasion
The amazing Amuse Bouche. Most Amuse Bouche are just so so, but I always look forward to the ones at Jungsik. The black squid ink breaded oysters are my favorite and a signature dish at the original location. Also pictured here: kimchi rice, apple gelee roll, wagyu beef brioche, and seaweed puffs with uni cream.
Spicy Jalapeno Bread and Onion Roll. Normally I try not to eat too much bread so that I can enjoy the main courses. However, the bread here is so good I end up eating both. I first tried this bread at the original location, Jungsik Seoul, over 4 years ago and am happy to see this in New York.
Jungsik New York Tribeca has a great wine list with some bottles that are normally not readily on hand. The sommelier is also very knowledgeable and nice.
Half Bottle of Quintessa
Domaine Perrot Minot Nuits Saint Georges 2009
Jever Pilsener Beer $12
My favorite dish is the uni sea urchin rice $25. I love this dish so much I tried to recreate it a few times at home and posted about this awhile back. The seaweed rice with crisped millet, iceberg lettuce, diced kimchi, and uni cannot be beat. This is one of those dishes I try to make at home but never comes out remotely close to the deliciousness of this dish. Part of the reason I have to keep coming back to eat here.
Another favorite, Bossam Rice $20, amazingly flavored rice with perfectly tender yet crispy pork belly. I get this dish every time I go here as well.
Quite possibly my favorite main dish here, the Tribeca Lobster. The best poached lobster I have ever tasted. I have ordered this many times and it is consistently amazing. The raspberry coulis is really unexpected and delicious with the sweet butter poached lobster.
Another Lobster Dish, Beauty & the Beast, Grilled Lobster Beurre Blanc $34. This is also quite delicious too.
The beef dishes here are always out of this world. They switch up the menu frequently so the beef entrees are always changing but they are all always very good. The quality of the meat is very high.
Gomtang $22, traditional Korean beef soup with a crazy rich and smart broth with the best marbled beef that barely cooks in the broth. This is ridiculously delicious.
Do you see that marbling?
Galbi $30, perfectly tender and smart marinade that is both homey and sophisticated.The charred tteok will transport you back to the street markets of Korea. The marinade will transport you to your mom’s dinner table. The elevation will only happen at Jungsik.
Lemon & Olive sorbet palate cleanser with dehydrated black olive
The famous Jang Dok dessert $16, 68% Chocolate with Hazelnut and chocolate cake crumbles, so delicious!
Petit Fours– black sesame madelines, macarons, and yak gwa
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