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One of the very original downtown addresses for late 20th Century fine French dining, a new modern concept has arrived and the food dazzled me.
AAA Inspector Notes
A highly artistic presentation of a multi-course menu is executed here with a freshness, flair and elegance by groundbreaking chef Jungsik Yim. The elaborate but accessible tasting menu builds off of both Korean- and French-influenced concepts, providing a balance which will leave the discerning diner satisfied with its high style and substance. Osetra caviar with crunchy quinoa is inspired; perfectly crispy grilled octopus and spectacular foie gras dumplings with wagyu beef in broth are, too. Chef Jungsik is an alumni of the influential New York AAA Four-Diamond eatery Aquavit, and after a stint at fine eateries in Spain, he gained notoriety in Seoul with the Korean version of Jungsik. Jungsik’s globe-trotting experience is now reflected in this unique restaurant in TriBeCa which seamlessly blends European and Korean 21st Century cuisines. The address will be very familiar for long-time New Yorkers, because for thirty years it was a downtown staple as the modern French fine dining room Chanterelle. The classic romantic interior has been completely re-imagined with precise clean lines of modern decor which puts all the attention on the visual flourishes and splendor of the food. The service can be slightly reserved at times, but most importantly it is highly focused and most knowledgeable about every aspect of the origin of the food, ingredients and preparation; the wine list is extensive, with an exceedingly strong sommelier who can create some downright spectacular wine-pairings. As a destination for the bona fide New York connoisseur or food savvy world traveler, this location is once again a highly recommended address. Yet be warned, like so much else at today’s very high-end of Manhattan dining, it is an extremely expensive night out.