The hipster counterpoint to Cho Dang Gool, Danji reinvents Korean classics in odd but very tasty ways. That might mean a kimchee, bacon, and Spam paella (weird, but delish) or tofu infused with ginger before being flash-fried. The young chef Hooni Kim got his chops cooking for such master chefs as Daniel Boulud. At this point, he’s starting small, so his little restaurant, while serving superb food and looking chic, isn’t the most comfortable. To amortize the space, most everyone has to perch on high stools, elbow to elbow, as they dine. And he keeps it hopping with a “no reservations” policy, which means you just might miss the curtain if you try to dine here before a show. But if you’re into experiencing exciting new food combinations, it’s hard to do better than Danji.
- Pauline Frommer