It’s always interesting to see what different countries consider local, home cooking. In Canada, for example, they’ve got the often misunderstood poutine. Americans might look sideways at the stuff, but adventurous souls discover it’s mighty tasty. The only way you can truly understand a country’s national cuisines is to eat them. Why not develop your intrepid international taste buds today, with some delicious Korean cooking? Check out the recently opened Oiji, at 119 First Avenue! They’re bringing a fresh spin to traditional Korean food, and the result is well worth the trip.

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Clean and Simple Space
Restaurants don’t need fancy decorations to evoke a sense of elegance. Oiji embodies this concept with its clean, simple space decorated in warm, earthy tones. Wooden tables and uncluttered place settings make this restaurant echo with the comforts of home. The massive chandelier adds a striking contrast to the sparse but lovely dining room.

Odds are, you care less about the plates than what ends up on them. Chefs Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku began their lives in South Korea, and learned their trade from some of the city’s most impressive kitchens. They bring the skills they picked up at Bouley and Gramercy Tavern to the food served at Oiji.

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When the Chips are Down
There’s much to say about the meals at Oiji. Little touches turn old favorites into delectable dinners. Traditional dishes such as slow-cooked oxtail and Jang Jo Rim have diners raving. The real treats, however, are the honey butter chips. They’re potato chips drizzled in butter and honey, and they’re an addictive dessert you’ll think about long after the last chip has disappeared.

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Adventures of any sort ought to begin with Seastreak! Whether you’re off on a culinary expedition, or headed for places like Nantucket and Atlantic Highlands, Seastreak starts your trip off right.


Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family



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