Vatos Urban Tacos
Jan06

Vatos Urban Tacos

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Mexican, Ko-Mexican Price: $$ Reservations: Taken Suggested Items: Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Galbi Tacos, Mexican Martini, Sid Burger Every now and then a restaurant comes in that changes the scene. Vatos could very well be it. They serve modern California-Baha style Mexican street tacos–the kind that have been hitting the U.S. by storm. People rave about the Kimchi Carnitas Fries, loaded down with tender...

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Jung Sik Dang ANZU
Sep22

Jung Sik Dang ANZU

Location: Apgujeong Cuisine: Modern Korean, pub Price: $ Reservations: Accepted Suggested Items: Bossam, Sea Squirt Bibimbap, Green Chile Pasta ANZU is the casual outlet for the trailblazing Jung Sik Dang. The clever flavors and interpretations are there along with some Korean classics and a very affordable a la carte price. ANZU is open for lunch then closes its doors before re-opening as a pub. The Bossam is a cousin to JSD’s...

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O Kitchen 2
Jan13

O Kitchen 2

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Korean fusion Price: $$ Reservations: Accepted Suggested Items: Lunch set menu, most anything This is hopefully a sign of good things to come. O Kitchen 2 is one of those upscale trendy restaurants, but it gets it. Not only is the decor cool, shaped like a traditional hanok. Its food and service would fit in comfortably with hip restaurants in New York’s West Village (minus NYC restaurants’...

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The Bungalow
Jun18

The Bungalow

Cuisine: Fusion, Barbecue Price: $$ Reservations: Optional Suggested Items: Any of the skewered meats The Bungalow is designed as a hangout and is one of the most unique lounges in Seoul.  The rooms and the rooftop have a layer of beach sand to cool your feet in on sweltering days.  It feels like you’re in the tropics–not in northeast Asia.  The tiki atmosphere lends credence to the noshing items, which consist mostly of...

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2nd
Jun18

2nd

Cuisine: Fusion Price: $$ Suggested Items: None 2nd (pronounced “two-N-D”) is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with “fusion” food in Korea.  All the dishes claim to be from different parts of the world but are really gussied up versions of Korean fare with squiggles of various bottle gunky sauces.  The interior is cool, with an Arabian mystique.  Drapery flow through the place like an...

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