IT'S: A Korean steakhouse-slash-KBBQ
12-06-2017OPENED: June 12th, 2017
ADDRESS: 16 W 22nd St.
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 23rd Street
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-12pm, closed Sun
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Classic American steakhouse favorites meet new-age Korean barbeque at Cote, the newest restaurant in Midtown. The brainchild of Simon Kim – who also manages the Michelin-starred Piora in the West Village – the name means ‘flower’ in Korean, perhaps itself an allusion to its sister restaurant, which means ‘to blossom’.
Designed by MNDPC, a New York-based architecture firm whose motto is ‘overwhelming simplicity’, its influence can readily be seen in Cote‘s interior. The space is sleek and nearly futuristic, with a marble-topped standing bar and accents of red oak adding just the right touch of warmth. Of course, as a Korean barbeque joint, all of the tables feature that telltale grill that is a sign of deliciousness to come.
It’s all about the meats at Cote: Executive Chef David Shim has put together an impressive selection of proteins that is sure to impress diners, whether they are looking for a traditional steakhouse meal or playing with their food via their tabletop grill.
All of the classics are present, including a shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, steak tartare and thick-cut bacon. However, the menu also features traditional Korean dol-sot bibimbop – served sizzling hot – and spicy casseroles, along with KBBQ favorites like marinated short rib.
The prix-fixe Butcher’s Feast gives you the classic Korean spread, including mounds upon mounds of banchan – side dishes – and several different cuts of beef for your grilling pleasure.
Victoria James, who also hails from Piora, curates a Korea-inspired liquor selection. Most people don’t know craft soju is a thing, but it definitely is, and Cote puts several varieties front and center. There’s also wine by the glass, as well as a selection of cocktails.
The Butcher’s Feast clocks in at 45 dollars per person, with everyone at the table required to participate. Non-meat entrees range from 14-22 dollars, while meat served a la carte is 30-44 dollars per serving.
In A Nutshell:
KBBQ is all the rage these days, with burgeoning waiting times at some of Koreatown’s most popular restaurants. Cote takes that demand and turns it on its head, combining ever-popular KBBQ with classic American comfort foods.