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My new favorite Korean restaurant - Kori

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Kori is a Korean restaurant in Tribeca. It is upscale compared to 32nd St. It is not upscale compared to Jung Sik. Kori is way more Korean than Jung Sik though. The service and the staff are as good as it gets. Very friendly and accomodating staff. The cocktails are great. I had Shochu and ginger on the rocks, fantastic. Amazing I can still type,
For Starters: We had the shrimp bomb ( grilled shrimp, cucumber, fish roe, kyuja sauce) it was served in a porcelain soup spoon and you got 6 of them.
Then we had deep fried octopus witha yuju chili sauce, octopus was nicely crisped,
Then Kimchi Pork Belly served with kimchi and tofu
We also had tuna tartare or cham chi moo chim. wild yellow tail tuna with seaweed sald and korean pear. The crispiness of the pear went really well with the tuna. A great combination.
After that we had some complimentary kimchi and pickled veggies. and some kind of bean puree amuse bouche. Not as many of the free things like in K Town. But this is Tribeca, and it was enough of the free stuff.
Then we had the best Juhn ever. It was a seafood Juhn ( Pancake) served on a hot black griddle. It was crisp around the edges and not at all greasy like most places on 32nd street. Absolutely excellent.
For a main course we had the Dolsot Bibim Bap. This was the more traditional variety. it was served with white rice, sauteed spinach, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms,carrots , onions, zucchini,radish,seaweed and other things. We had Kalbi on top. it was served in a Dolot , which is a hot stone bowl. It was offered in 3 heat variations, we ordered medium, but should have got hot. I had to add hot sauce and i asked for kimchi on the side to mix in. In Korea, it was much spicier. But it tasted really good. They offer kori Bibim Bap, but its more modern style and most of the choices are not in a stone sizzling bowl.
For dessert we had warm chocolate cake with hot chocalte liquid center and vanilla ice cream.
The teas are really good, we had the plum tea and the ginger honey tea.
They have lots of great stuff on the menu. This place gives you an upscale Korean food but keeps the authenticity of real korean food, except for some dishes are more creative.
We started out trying to get into Super Linda (Uraguay/Argentina) food, they said the place was booked , but the tables were mostly empty . They try to create a false scene, making you wait an hour , like Buddakan does. We left and went to Kori, No wait. I am so happy we went to Kori.

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Kori
253 Church St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. Good review. I will be in Tribeca, and eating alone. I see that they serve cocktails. Do they have a bar that one can eat at? I am really wanting to try this place.

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    1. re: fondaddict

      At Kori, the bar is perfect to eat at . I highly recommend all the appetizers. I eat at the bar quite often,very friendly bartenders.

    2. Thanks for the post. We will try it.

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      1. re: comiendosiempre

        I've been to Kori 3 times in the past week. Everything is so good.

      2. We had an early dinner at Kori tonight. Since it was a cool night, and since I'm missing BCD Tofu, I had the seafood soondooboo. Kori's version is only medium good. It's not quite spicy enough, and there's no egg in it, which is disappointing. The seafood is also cut too small, and the clams and mussels aren't served in the shell, the way I like them. My companion had the mandoo kook, which was pleasant but a bit dull.

        The banchan were (was? is banchan singular or plural?) cabbage kimchi, suspiciously fluorescent green seaweed, onion, and something that was either pickled cucumber or pickled zucchini - it tasted pretty good, but the texture was super mushy. We were also served little dishes of pea puree with creme fraiche, a nice little appetizer. For dessert, we had green tea ice cream with some sort of deep-fried rice croquette on a stick, served with a small pot of honey.

        The drink menu looked very interesting, but we were going to a show and I didn't want to fall asleep in the middle of it, so I just had an OB Lager. It's great that there's mid-priced Korean food in Tribeca. The space is quite attractive, the service is good, and I'd happily go back if I were in the area to try the bibimbop and the mixed drinks. I wouldn't make a special trip, though.

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        1. re: small h

          Went to Kori tonight. The bibimbop is so good, and I love scraping the crispy part off the bottom of the black iron pot. The shrimp bomb served on spoons i'm addicted to. They do have interesting cocktails too. Service and atmosphere and food is more refined than K town, but it is still Korean and excellent.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I tried Kori recently for the first time since 2001 and was completely underwhelmed. I have to dig out my notes to remember everything we had, but my overall impression was blah. Expensive too.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              I tried it late last year and wasn't impressed. I went with a Korean friend who called it American style and mostly too sweet. I agreed. She didn't hate it, though, and it might just be the best in Tribeca.

              1. re: Peter Cuce

                I recommend you try it again. I think it has gotten better. The seafood pancake for instance is as good as any i have had in Korea, and better than anything on 32nd Street. But it is smaller. And you don't get much on the free beginnings of the meal.Just a little bit of kimchi and some cucumbers. The kimchi, was mild, But they had stashed some extra hot kimchi, so you have to ask for that. It is a good spot in Tribeca , i will agree. It is more Korean than Jun Sik and a third of the price.