Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Danji 03-21-2011

Location: 346 W. 52nd St.
Time: 12:30pm
People: AP and myself

Feelings: 52nd street between 8th and 9th avenues is becoming quite the authentic Asian restaurant row with Totto, Cha Pa's, and now the Korean tapas joint, Danji. Their modern yet cozy decor gave an unpretentious and relaxing vibe, and with quite an accommodating service, I immediately felt comfortable.

They had lunch dup-bop set menus with three choices: brisket bulgogi ($14), vegetarian japchae ($12), and today's special, pulled pork. AP thoroughly enjoyed deep fried vegetable dumplings ($7), and pulled pork dup-bop, which he said was pleasantly and delicately spiced. My japchae set was quite a palate stimulating meal. Rice and vegetables are well prepared, and the overall flavor was harmonious and delicate. The soup that came with the set had the well balanced flavor of miso and subtle spiciness.

People who seek bold, overpowering Korean flavors with big portions would not find what they are looking for here, but if you want to spend a little extra cash for lunch to enjoy layers of flavors in cozy setting, this is definitely for you. Asian fusion could be tacky, but Danji did something right by strictly modernizing the Korean classics. Danji is indeed a hidden gem in Midtown, and we cannot wait to go back there soon... but perhaps we should wait until payday.

1 comment:

Sara Shacket said...

I can't wait to try this place!