New Restaurant Alert: Korean outpost Oiji

New Restaurant Alert: Korean outpost Oiji

Ever since my first sampling of flavorful bulgogi (thin strips of marinated beef) alongside tart, kimchi—fermented vegetables—I have been in love with Korean food. Fortunately, I work near Koreantown, the area of Manhattan teeming with Korean restaurants. However, there are several Korean eateries peppered throughout the boroughs, and, a new one just opened in the East Village.

Oiji, which translates to salted pickled cucumber in Korean—opened to the public this past Tuesday, May 12. The 32-seat dining room and seven-seat bar venue is accented with an open kitchen, reclaimed wood, exposed brick and ambient lighting, with factory sash windows that open out to the bustling streets of downtown Manhattan. Although tried-and-true classics like Bi Bim Bop and Bulgogi don’t make an appearance on the menu, foodies can feast on the likes of Chil-jeol-pan Seven Flavors (a short stack of small rice flour crepes surrounded by six composed piles of different ingredients—egg whites and yolks, marinated beef, marinated shitake mushrooms, julienned carrot and cucumbers) and other dishes rarely seen outside of Korea.

The beverage list includes a curated selection of traditional offerings such as Soju, Chung Ha (rice wine), Seolijungmae (Plum Wine) and Hwayo (a rare super premium Soju) alongside a small but well crafted wine list. The beverage list also includes eight seasonal cocktails. For more on the restaurant, click here.

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