The West Village Has a New Korean Fusion Spot Worth Checking Out

The West Village Has a New Korean Fusion Spot Worth Checking Out

(Courtesy Zusik)


 

New Korean casual spot Zusik opened in the West Village this Summer. The new spot combines Korean flavors with French ingredients and techniques. The "Zu" part of the name, as the large sign in the main dining room explains, translates as "alcoholic beverage" (while "Sik" means "food"). There's plenty of room in the main dining area, with seating for about 40 at wooden tables, with another, cozier space further back, used for spillover or private events. The slatted wood walls and exposed beams give the place a relaxed and welcoming feel. There’s also a wide bar up front with a dozen stools if you’re not looking a full dinner experience. Multiple servers, runners, and hosts are available to answer questions and are happy to explain anything unfamiliar.

 

At Zusik, you will find dishes on the dinner menu highlighting fusion preparations, influenced by France and America. Chef Nam plates up more traditional staples for lunch with Gui, pan fried or grilled dishes, with selections such as Galbi, pan seared and marinated beef short rib, and Bulgogi, sautéed, marinated thinly sliced beef. A selection of Dolsot rice dishes are served with choices like Bibimbap, seasoned ground beef with assorted vegetables and Al bap with fish roe, kimchi, pickled radish and seaweed. Authentic Korean stews known as Jjigae are highlighted including Boodae, a traditional dish served in the army barracks featuring dashi broth, kimchi and assorted sausages including spam.

 

Some highlights from the dinner menu include spicy rice cakes served with a secret spicy sauce made with ten different ingredients; and an adventurous Korean meets Chinese Jelly Pork, which can’t be found anywhere else in the city and is made from pork belly and skin, paired with a flavorful cilantro salad. Chicken Wings are a masterful melding between Korean and American fried chicken, served with pickled radish. The best dish on the menu is both aesthetically pleasing and delicious is the generous and large fried pork rinds and nori crackers, paired with a creamy and rich truffle chicken liver mousse, finished with pine nuts. 

 

The cocktail menu features Korean-influenced sips with their mixers made in-house. Make sure to sip on the Summer Sky, a sparkling blue libation with soju and yuzu extract or the refreshing ginger pom mojito, gin and freshly muddled ginger and pomegranate. Fire Obsession with tequila, mezcal, plum syrup and lime with a spiced rim is smoky and spicy for the adventurous drinker, and Yuzu Bees Knees with gin, egg whites, yuzu extract served in a martini glass is a well-balanced cocktail perfect for the season. They also have a selection of soju, draft and bottled beer as well as a curated international wine list.

(Courtesy Zusik)


 

Brunch is also offered at Zusik with selections including the very traditional dish Juk, rice porridge with chicken breast, assorted vegetables and pine nuts; the Korean Breakfast Sandwich, a popular Korean street food that has been refined with fried egg, ham and cabbage on a toasted brioche bun with smoked ketchup and fruit dressing; the Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thighs and kimchi coleslaw on a brioche bun; Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, salmon and spinach, topped with a white soy hollandaise sauce on a steam bun; and Korean rice wine flavored pancakes with strawberry compote. There are so many reasons to check out this new joint in the West Village. Its fresh spin on Korean cuisine is sure to delight, so don’t wait and make a reservation here.

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