IT'S: An American-Korean restaurant
12-07-2017OPENED: July 12th, 2017
LOCATION: Lower East Side
ADDRESS: 163 Allen Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 2nd Avenue Station
OPENING TIMES: Daily from 5 p.m
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: (917) 261-2490
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Fans of the recently opened American-Korean hybrid, mokbar, will be pleased to hear that the chef, Esther Choi, has opened a new spot on the L.E.S – Ms. Yoo. Named after her grandmother who taught Choi how to cook, Ms. Yoo, is a Korean take on an American food driven cocktail bar.
The two-storey, 50-seat restaurant is located on Allen Street and offers a slightly more glamorous offering in comparison to Choi’s other spots. The decor has an art-deco feel and there’s another area dedicated to events for up to 75 guests – the first offering of its type for Choi.
The menu concentrates on re-imagining classic American dishes with a Korean twist. There’s a riff on wings that’s instead, Korean fried feet. Mac-n-cheese is instead, Tteok-n-cheese (rice cakes, gruyere & cheddar, bacon with panko topping and kimchi tomato sauce. There’s also an Asian-inspired hot dog and hamburger called ‘Korean Dog on Bun’ made with a house made Korean sausage, grilled jalapeño and yoo sauce served on pretzel roll. The hamburger features a kimchi bacon, onion relish and American cheese served on a brioche bun.
Cocktails play a big part here too and they don’t disappoint. There’s the ‘I Ms Yoo’ (with bourbon, jujube, sweet vermouth), the ‘Between the Knees’, (with gin, ginger, strawberry, and lime) and the ‘Mist Whispers Like Woman’, (with vodka, maesil, lemon) among others.
Dishes range from $12-$32 for small and large plates.
In A Nutshell:
Ms. Yoo is the second standalone restaurant opening for Choi, since her first restaurant debut with mokbar Brooklyn, in February (she also has a spot in Chelsea Market which opened in 2014). The new restaurant is a further step towards achieving Choi’s aspirations of creating a collection of restaurant concepts aimed at spreading her Korean heritage.