Hooni Kim

Chef
Hooni Kim

New York

About Hooni Kim

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

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Spicy whelk salad with buckwheat noodles
$$, Full Bar, Korean, Midtown
"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."