Korean food can be heavy, spicy and smelly, but at Danji, everything is delicious. The 36-seat restaurant is tiny but sleek, and the white brick/wooden interior makes the room appear airy and welcoming.
Different kinds of traditional Korean spoons make up the decoration and accentuates the Asian chic character of the place.
Most of the ingredients are organic and locally sourced. The meat is free from antibiotics and no overfished fish species will land on your plate at Danji.
The menu items are limited and carefully selected.
Highlights include deep fried tofu with ginger and scallion dressing. It is so delicious and very different from any other tofu dish I’ve had, so even if you don’t like tofu, promise me to give this dish a try, if it’s still on the menu.
Another favorite of mine is the spicy “k.f.c.” Korean Fire Chicken Wings.
They’re sticky and sweet with just the right amount of fire. Prepare to lick your fingers!
The food is served for the table to share, so bring your friends, order a bunch of dishes and discover how stylish and delicious modern Korean cuisine can be.
Even though the menu also has a section of traditional dishes, the reason why you came is the fancy, modern, Korean food. If you’re looking for traditional Korean grub, there are other, cheaper places to go to.
• The restaurant only takes reservations for parties of 6 persons or more, so be prepared to wait for a table.
• Danji has a decent selection of vegetarian dishes and a nice cocktail menu too.
• A bowl of bibimbap at lunch is 14USD and dinner mains are around 22-28USD, but I suggest that you order a couple of small plates instead to share.
Danji, 346 West 52nd Street (between 8th and 9th Ave), New York, NY 10019, Tel: 212-586-2880