If you're ever in NYC, this is the place to go. From classic Korean favorites to Capri Sun inspired cocktails, Thursday Kitchen is a hot spot for foodies and Instagrammers alike. Kyungmin Kay Hyun, the chef and owner, grew up in Busan, South Korea, but her cooking is not beholden to her heritage alone. Ms. Hyun, 35, was the executive chef at Kristalbelli, a barbecue spot in Koreatown in Manhattan, where she learned a lot and infused her cooking style with that of Spanish and French influence.
Yes, she makes her own kimchi. Then she caramelizes it, just enough to draw out its sweet, gingery contours without sacrificing crunch, and deploys it in a paella-esque bowl of sushi rice flipped in a wok with tiger shrimp, mussels and Parmesan. The cheese gives it the density of risotto; the wok leaves a hint of smoke. Yum! A unique blend of international elements in one dish.
But if the food isn't of interest, we recommend the cocktails. These adult beverages come in plastic pouches with straws thrust in, reminiscent of Capri Suns. The cubes inside look like ice but glow-in-the-dark. The totable drinks, following a trend in Seoul, are meant to evoke memories of childhood lunchboxes, a reminder of more imaginative times. The cocktails, which come in lemon, strawberry, lychee, and cucumber flavors, are mixed with soju, a vodka-like rice liquor. Did we mention they make for a great photo opp?
Next time you're in the city, get your Instagrams ready and devour the details of Thursday Kitchen; quality food and good vibes only!