I'm in town for one dinner, with a friend, next week--I am feeling eclectic in my choices, but they all look good. Jungsik might be a little too stuffy (the dining room looks like that, but maybe I am wrong), Back Forty West maybe a little too lowdown. Which would you pick and why?
Back Forty West
I would pick Jung Sik , which i don't find stuff at all. Some of the clientel might be stuffy ,,but i ignore them ,, I go there with an unstuffy attitude ,,and i stuff myself,,that's the stuffy part.
Kyo Ya : love the place
I don't like Fatty cue or Empellon,,,I've never been to Nomad or Black forty west ,,, Acme i'm not sure if it's the same ol' Acme around lafayette st.
To report back: we did eat at Jungsik and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Rather than doing the tasting menu, which had a couple of items that neither of us wanted, we got 2 different dishes (the small sizes) from each category and split each one. So we ended up with our own little tasting menu anyway.
The sad thing is that I fully expect the place to be out of business within 6 months, unless some drastic action is taken on marketing/positioning (or perhaps pricing). We arrived for dinner at 7 PM and were one of only two occupied tables in the restaurant. By the time we left at 9:45, there were perhaps three other tables filled. I just get the feeling that people think this place is Korean, see the prices on their website, and run the other way.
OK, thanks all. I am booked at Jungsik, which had wide-open availability, to my surprise. I might still give NoMad a call just to see if they have anything, but OpenTable is saying that they have nothing within 2.5 hours of my requested time (and I am not a person that can sit down to dinner at 10 PM!)
Of your picks, i would try either Kyo ya or Jungsik. ( Jung Sik isn't really stuffy, just ignore the stuffy people that might be there.
Of Simon;s more difficult picks I would choose 15 East and Osteria Morini.
Or maybe try picking from this list: