Monday, December 22, 2014

Rustic Seoul

Fried chicken and kimchi at Korean gastrolounge Barn Joo

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Things are getting rough up north.

No one's threatening nuclear war in K-Town (well, those karaoke guys do get territorial), but space sure is at a premium.

Which is why the new bi-level Korean joint Barn Joo isn't in the 30s at all — it's putting out its vast repertoire of wings just south of Flatiron, with a grand opening tomorrow.

The refined, booth-lined upstairs is reserved for dining, while the downstairs is a wood-heavy drinking den that focuses on cheeky cocktails and a shload of soju.

Oh, it's also got a massive projection screen (for K-Pop videos and the like) and a ceiling-mounted swing (for swinging à deux).

But then it's time to get serious with scallion & seafood pancakes, miso-glazed pork belly, spicy rice balls (pictured), and a superb selection of sushi and kimchi.

Onward and upward to the chicken, which gets its own menu of wing variations: soy-garlic, "extremely spicy," and dusted with umami-packed kelp. With them, throw back a Bloody Ceasar and all will be well in the world.

Because both wings and peace deserve a chance.

Barn Joo barnjoo.com
893 Broadway (W. 19th St.), Flatiron
(646) 398-9663
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: N/R to 23rd St.
Hot seat: The swing, obviously.
Best bets: Pork belly; salt and pepper wings; Bloody Ceasar
Nearby: Milk & Honey; Craftbar; Birreria

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