FOOD / June 18, 2014

HANJAN – EXPENSIVE, INVENTIVE AND OILY

Koreatown is home to tasty, cheap Korean food so when I heard a cooler version opened with a hipster esthetic I had to go and try.. But what I found was sadly not in line with TeresaTastes… it was fatty, oily and overpriced.

HANJAN is Chef Hooni Kim’s second restaurant after Danji, located in the Flatiron District in New York. They use only meats that are hormone and antibiotic free and they believe in paying more for better quality meat so you have to appreciate that.

It may be slightly more conceptual but for the price the food was not delicious enough to merit a special trip or a substitution for the great original Korean spots on 32nd Street like Wonjo. The restaurant itself had a cool interior with industrial details and modern lighting that was well thought out. The staff was personable and accommodating.

They did have a few dishes that were inventive and strong and if you don’t mind a fatty meal or the calories, maybe you’d like to try it.

MUST TRY

– Atlantic Sashimi Salad

– Fresh Killed Chicken Thigh Skewers

– BBQ Beef Galbi Skewers

– Scallion Pancake with Squid

Cool industrial interior is a fresh change from the regular Koreatown dives.

Cool industrial interior is a fresh change from the regular Koreatown dives.

Atlantic Salmon Sashimi with seasonal greens, red onion and chojang was tender and delicious MUST TRY

Atlantic Salmon Sashimi with seasonal greens, red onion and chojang was tender and delicious MUST TRY

Namul Duo of Seasonal Green and Root vegetable (sprouts) was crisp and refreshing as a side

Namul Duo of Seasonal Green and Root vegetable (sprouts) was crisp and refreshing as a side

Fresh Killed Chicken Thigh Skewers were tender and well flavored

Fresh Killed Chicken Thigh Skewers were tender and well flavored

Fresh Killed Chicken Heart was gamey and a little dry

Fresh Killed Chicken Heart was gamey and a little dry

BBQ Kalbi ShortRib Skewers were sweet and succulent. MUST TRY

BBQ Kalbi ShortRib Skewers were sweet and succulent. MUST TRY

Pork Belly on Frisee was super fatty and rich.

Pork Belly on Frisee was super fatty and rich.

Kimchi - Korean Spicy Pickled Radish

Kimchi – Korean Spicy Pickled Radish has a dense and sour flavor that cuts up the fatty food and cleans the palate

Spicy Braised Short Rib Braised in Korean Red Pepper

Spicy Braised Short Rib Braised in Korean Red Pepper was fatty and relatively bland

Scallion pancake with local squid

Scallion pancake with local squid was an interesting dish. Very fried but the combination of bold scallion, firm squid and crispy batter was wonderfully sensuous. MUST TRY

 WHAT TO WEAR:

Get a little edgy and mix up the pop culture influences in this new part of Korea town that is defining its roots. Dress by Charlotte Ronson, Goorin Bros Hat, Chanel Necklace.

Get a little edgy in this new part of town that is defining its roots. Dress by Charlotte Ronson, Goorin Bros Hat, Chanel Necklace.

Get a little edgy in this new part of town that is defining its roots. Dress by Charlotte Ronson, Goorin Bros Hat, Chanel Necklace.

Koreatown is home to tasty, cheap Korean food so when I heard a cooler version opened with a hipster esthetic I had to go and try.. But what I found was sadly not in line with TeresaTastes… it was fatty, oily and overpriced. HANJAN is Chef Hooni Kim’s second restaurant after Danji, located in the […]





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