At This New Intimate Korean Gourmet Counter in NYC, You Get a Special Chef for the Night

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Oiji Mi, a modern Korean restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood, has received its first Michelin star just months after opening. And now chef Brian Kim is taking his fine dining to a new location.

On Tuesday, the restaurant team opened Bōm, an intimate space that offers a mix between a chef’s counter and a Korean restaurant. Located behind Oiji Mi (the name is short for “behind Oiji Mi” and also means “spring” in Korean), the new location only has room for 17 guests. Two seats are available per night for the $325 tasting menu.

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Seated at a counter with an attached grill, diners will be assigned a chef who will oversee their entire experience, over 13 or more courses. This allows them to watch the chef’s work and learn from him. The cooking process and ingredients will be called out, helping to give guests a deeper understanding of good Korean food.

The menu will start with small bites and appetizers, mostly featuring seafood and vegetables. The opening menu includes dishes such as bluefin tuna with Hudson Valley foie gras and gamtae (grass), and diving scallops with bean curd, finger lime and tomato sauce. The next course, using the floor, will highlight Bōm’s high-quality meats, which include different seasons and aging methods. The thirty-day dry-aged ribeye comes with Périgord truffle, celeriac and nabak kimchi (kimchi juice), while the A5 Miyazaki is served with oiji, chive and muchim (spicy cucumber salad).

After indulging in the beef, diners will be served a traditional Korean hansang charim (“well-prepared food table”), along with banchan, soup and rice. Desserts from executive pastry chef Adriana Adorno will round out the experience, including perilla with Korean pear and pomelo, and apple with ssuk (mugwort), tapioca and Meyer lemon.

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As part of the Oiji Mi family, Kim first cooked at Oiji, a more neighborhood restaurant that opened in Village Village in 2015. Last March was Kim’s first outing as a restaurant owner. , and now he’s developing even more with the opening of Bōm.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, with seatings offered at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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