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Kori now closed

foodwhisperer May 3, 2013 03:30 PM

Kori, a korean restaurant with a modern touch, which I enjoyed frequently, is now closed by Taxation Dept. Stickers on windows and padlock on door.Another Tribeca restaurant that closed this year , i think it is #6

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    Bkeats May 14, 2013 07:20 AM

    I don't get this place. I tried it a couple of times after reading some of the posts here and I have to say I was disappointed. Unlike foodwhisperer, I thought the scallion pancake was a greasy mess. Did like the bibimpap a lot but the bulgogi wasn't that different than what I can get at the korean deli. What's with the flavored soju? No plain simple soju. Everything has some infused flavor. Never seen this place crowded. As foodwhisperer points out, you can walk in pretty much most evenings and get a table with minimal or no wait. Indication that business isn't doing well which is probably why they are having tax problems. I was hoping for better korean when they opened up since its so convenient, but I don't really see going back when they reopen.

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    1. re: Bkeats
      foodwhisperer May 14, 2013 08:31 PM

      The last two times I ate there they were almost full. I got the last table available. So they did seem busy. The food was all very fresh tasting. So I think they were doing business, especially on the weekends. Mondays and tuesdays the place is dead. As far as the infused drinks, I think people like them. I usually like shoju uninfused and unmixed. Or I drink a vodka on the rocks or a beer. But I do like the ginger infused shoju, I think i tasted a cucumber one that wasn't bad. The pancake (jun)has been excellent every time I have been there. Much better , although smaller , than places on 32nd Street. I think perhaps their rent is too high for them to make any money. Rent in the area is crazy. You have to do over $4000 a day to make it. I don't think they do that much. However I hope they come back and somehow manage to make it.

      1. re: foodwhisperer
        Bkeats May 15, 2013 06:51 AM

        I guess we will just disagree about the pancake. I agree that the typical 32nd st version isn't that good. But I thought Kori's was way too thick and I couldn't even pick a piece up without it falling apart. It tasted more of batter than scallions. Recently, I met some buddies for beer and fried chicken at BonChon and I thought their pancake was better. But Kori's bibimpap is outstanding. The one dish that might entice me back. I guess when it comes to liquor, I am not a fan of infused flavors and I like plain soju served cold. Primary exception to avoiding infused liquor being gin of course.

        1. re: Bkeats
          foodwhisperer May 15, 2013 07:53 AM

          I never had the pancake at Bon Chon, i'll try it. Somehow I think the kori pancake you had was not the usual. It is usually not thick, slightly crispy in a way, and not greasy or soggy. I've had it about 10 times. I used to drink cognac straight up, now its mostly kettle on the rocks, shoju on the rocks, sake, or Jameson straight up

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      foodwhisperer May 14, 2013 01:42 AM

      I passed by Kori this weekend and the lights were on and it appeared that they were once again opened. Anyone hear anything?

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      1. re: foodwhisperer
        kathryn May 14, 2013 06:22 AM

        Google is your friend. I searched for "kori reopening" and found these:


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          foodwhisperer May 14, 2013 07:03 AM

          OK thanks. I'll have to go by there tonite and see if they re-opened

      2. squid kun May 12, 2013 07:12 PM

        Apparently reopened ... http://tribecacitizen.com/2013/05/09/.... Since that report, Kori's Facebook page announced a Mother's Day special.

        1. Peter Cuce May 3, 2013 04:31 PM

          What did you like at that place? I liked it before 9/11, but tried it a couple years ago and thought it was pretty bad. I'm not sure if the restaurant changed or my familiarity with Korean cuisine did.

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          1. re: Peter Cuce
            foodwhisperer May 3, 2013 09:17 PM

            The seafood pancake was really good. Smaller than 32nd st. but not greasy at all and a little crisp. Friends of mine like the shrimp bomb, but it was a little too mayonnaise for me.The dolsot bibimbap was real good too. And I liked the shoji ginger drink. Also, it was a comfortable atmosphere with friendly service.

            1. re: Peter Cuce
              downtownchica May 13, 2013 07:46 AM

              Also, in a neighborhood filled with Jung Sik and Atera, it was nice to have someplace you could always show up sans reservation and get a solid meal for about $20/person. Tribeca is very much lacking in the everyday dining category.

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