Hooni Kim at Hanjan

Bio

Hooni Kim is the chef/owner of Hanjan and Danji. Koreatown might be a mainstay in New York City dining (and we’re happy to have it). But even while we get our fill of rice, noodle, and barbecue staples, chefs like him are quietly leading a revolution, bringing Korean food to a higher plane on American culinary shores with bold flavors and an emphasis on the quality of ingredients.

Accolades

  • 10 Best Restaurants of 2013 (Hanjan)
    New York Times
  • Top Small Plates Restaurants in NYC
    Zagat

My Restaurants

  • Hanjan
    36 W 26th St
    New York, NY
  • Danji
    346 W 52nd St
    New York, NY

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef Hooni Kim reviews  at post.venue.name
"One way to make fried rice more nutritious for your kids is to follow this ratio. 3 parts veg: 1 part meat: 2 parts rice. I like to use onion, carrot, and peas. #homecooking #볶음밥"
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"This is an incredible dish. I've had it before here but today was outta this world. Perfect balance of spice/seasoning/sweet/sour. Spicy lemongrass rice noodle soup. A bun bo hue with pho noodles if you will. It's far from Manhattan but I seriously recommend if you're a fan of pho and Vietnamese food. #nycbest #pho #bunbohue. Thank you @yoojinnychung for the awesome rec!"
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Chef Hooni Kim reviews  at post.venue.name
"Our sincere aplogies but Hanjan's soy marinated 🇰🇷🌺🦀 is sold out for this weekend unless you reserved it on opentable. Our 🌶 🦀 is still available though! #koreanfood #간장게장 #양념게장"
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Chef Hooni Kim reviews  at post.venue.name
"When in Vegas... always pho before noon! Great pho and cha gio here. Bun bo hue was a bit weak. #쌀국수"
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Chef Hooni Kim reviews  at post.venue.name
"Yes. Even our spicy marinated raw Korean flower crabs are full of roe. Each and every 🦀! Saturday and Sundays all this Summer at @hanjan.nyc. #양념게장 #한잔"
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Chef Hooni Kim reviews  at post.venue.name
"Some ask why we serve our ganjang gaejang with soft poached eggs. I feel the fatty yolk really complements the rice when mixed with the soy marinade and the 🦀 innards. It's not traditional but it's how we've aways served it at Hanjan. Available only on Saturday and Sundays at @hanjan.nyc. Please call to reserve 212.206.7226 or use opentable. #간장게장 #양념게장 #한잔 #nycbest #koreanfood"
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From My Menu

Chef Greg Daniels reviews Bulgogi beef sliders at Danji
$$$ | Korean
Theater District, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen
"Went to Danji a few years ago, and keep coming back when I visit NYC. These sliders are a mainstay, thank goodness!"
Chef Philip Speer reviews Spicy "K.F.C." Korean fire chicken wings at Danji
$$$ | Korean
Theater District, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen
"These spicy chicken wings have just the right punch of heat and crunch! Deliciousness."
Chef Pichet Ong reviews Spicy whelk salad with buckwheat noodles at Danji
$$$ | Korean
Theater District, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen
"Chef Hooni Kim says this dish, inspired by the traditional Korean golbaengi muchim, is a summer dish, but I can have it any time of the year—or in any meal, for that matter! Soba noodles are tossed with cucumber, aromatics, and steamed whelk (a type of sea snail) in a sweet and savory dressing made of kochujang, rice vinegar, garlic, and johakuto sugar from Japan. Go at lunch time for the bigger portion sizes."
Chef Anita Lo reviews Satur Farms mesclun salad at Danji
$$$ | Korean
Theater District, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen
"I’m still shocked that a simple green salad could have such a profound effect on me. I love the perilla yogurt vinaigrette on it."
Chef Michael Anthony reviews Korean sashimi dish and rice plate at Danji
$$$ | Korean
Theater District, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen
"So excited to come back to @danji.nyc Thanks @hoonikim and team for the warm welcome and delicious dishes! #korean #koreanfood"
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