The Facts
NAME: Soogil
IT'S: A Korean restaurant in the East Village

09-01-2018

OPENED: January 09th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Soogil Lim, formerly of Daniel and Hanjan
DID YOU KNOW: Soogil Lim's interest in the culinary world was sparked by a sign in a restaurant saying 'Make People Happy'. Aww.
LOCATION: Lower Manhattan
ADDRESS: 108 East 4th Street, NY 10003
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 2 Avenue
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Thursday 6.00pm–11.00pm; Friday–Saturday 6.00pm–12.00am; Sunday 5.00pm–10.00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: (646)-838-5524
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook

Soogil

OPENED8 DAYS AGO

Soogil, the first restaurant from chef Soogil Lim (Daniel, Hanjan), is open now in the East Village.

Lim, who is from South Korea, has created a refined menu, marrying Korean flavors with French cooking techniques.

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The Spot:

The restaurant itself is bright and pretty – it seats around 40, with white-painted brick walls, sleek wooden tables, and beautiful bubble-esque light fixtures that we sort of want for our kitchen. There’s a secretive little dining nook in the back, too. The space also features original works by artist Suzy Taekyung Kim and traditional Korean pottery dishes.

The Food:

NYC isn’t short of Korean restaurants, but the menu here looks great. It’s split into three categories, with tempting dishes on each: from the Garden (vegetables) category, we like the look of sweet potato beignets (made with the milder white kimchi, for the spice-phobic) and a mung bean sprout Korean pancake.

The Land (meat) category contains familiar dishes like a pork belly and kimchi roll, along with a soy-braised short rib with winter veggies, and the Sea category (guess) features a much-anticipated dish of spicy soft tofu, featuring seafood in broth with a tofu flan. Also, ‘spicy soft tofu’ is super fun to say.

The Drinks:

The drinks menu has wine and beer as well as sake and Korean spirits soju and makgeolli. There are also Korean updates of classic French cocktails – think sake instead of champagne in a French 75 (called a French 108e), and the brilliantly-named Gangnam Blonde (soju, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice). Soft drinks include fresh-sounding juices like the Lala Orchard (apple juice, elderflower, lime juice, basil leaves) and the Amant Violet (lavender, coconut water, fresh lemon, ginger). We’ll have a Gangnam Blonde, thanks.

In a Nutshell:

Chef Soogil Lim is not without his impressive credentials, and we’ve got a lot of faith in his new venture – his intimate take on Korean food combined with French techniques sounds like a winning combination to us. Spicy soft tofu.

Image credits: Michael Tulipan

The Facts
NAME: Soogil
IT'S: A Korean restaurant in the East Village

09-01-2018

OPENED: January 09th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Soogil Lim, formerly of Daniel and Hanjan
DID YOU KNOW: Soogil Lim's interest in the culinary world was sparked by a sign in a restaurant saying 'Make People Happy'. Aww.
LOCATION: Lower Manhattan
ADDRESS: 108 East 4th Street, NY 10003
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 2 Avenue
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Thursday 6.00pm–11.00pm; Friday–Saturday 6.00pm–12.00am; Sunday 5.00pm–10.00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: (646)-838-5524
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
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