Cote, a Korean Steakhouse in Flatiron

cote nyc, the new korean kid in town

Depending on how you see it, the name of the restaurant Cote can either reference the Korean word for flower or a particular cut of meat. If Cote had its way, it’d want you to reference both. It occupies a unique niche as a hybrid steakhouse and Korean bbq restaurant, never fully claiming one or the other, defined by fluidity rather than labels.

the name cote in millennial korean pink
american psycho or the dry-aging room?

From the moment you walk in, Cote keeps you guessing. The entrance leads to a dark blue hallway with a neon sign of the restaurant’s name in Korean lit in Millennial pink, giving off a vibe that’s more sexy Meatpacking lounge than staid Midtown East. If you walk downstairs you can see Cote’s dry-aging room, where different pieces of meat hang stylistically in lighting that brings to mind the surreal and violent thriller Neon Demon. Once you get seated in one of the booths in the back, you will see familiar signs of a table-top grill, but even so, these grills are gold and silent, sucking the smoke and smells out of sight, out of mind.Read More

Nur NYC in Flatiron

walk into the nur

The world of Middle Eastern food in New York City continues to evolve beyond the typical falafel or kebab joint. The latest addition is Nur, an upscale Middle Eastern restaurant in Flatiron that’s helmed by famous Israeli chef Meir Adoni. From the moment you walk into Nur, you can sense a palpable energy about the place. Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the excitement from the other diners rubbing off onto you, but you can’t help but think that you’re into something good.Read More

The Clocktower

the scallop crudo with black olive and lemon jalapeno ice
the scallop crudo with black olive and lemon jalapeno ice

There’s a certain standard for a restaurant in the Flatiron District. This is a neighborhood that’s a little more grown up, home to affluent yuppies who like their take out from Eataly and their classes at Flywheel, and it’s just a few stops away from the business hustle and bustle of Midtown East. So it’s perfect for when you want to feel a little more dressed up, to squeeze in a power lunch, or to show your parents a good time. The downside to this is that things are a little too buttoned up for you to totally let loose and have a fun time, although with enough drinks that can change.Read More

Korean Banchan at Atoboy

atoboy place settings

At the core of a Korean meal is rice and banchan side dishes. The quality and variety of banchan can really make or break your experience. I know it’s going to be a good day when a restaurant throws in a steamed egg or pan-fried tofu, and on the flipside, it’s always a sad day when all I get is kimchee and some limp bean sprouts. Atoboy, a new restaurant in Flatiron run by Junghyun Park, the former Chef de Cuisine of Jungsik, rethinks the banchan side dish as the main dish, where you can make a meal out of several of them. The menu is divided into three sections of small plates, which is differentiated by portion size, and for $36 you can pick a dish from each one of the sections along with a bowl of rice, the traditional white rice or the rice special of the day for an extra $2. As an fyi, you really should pay up for the rice special, otherwise you will miss out on something amazing like the bacon and scallion rice.Read More

The Nomad at Lunch

I love three day weekends. I don’t know why we don’t just do away with the 5 day week, that one extra day makes us so much better off. I know what I would do with that day. I would take advantage of the lunch specials at some of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy an especially fabulous and leisurely midday meal at a fraction of the price.

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bread with garlic, scallions and fingerling potatoes
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day drinking

This is essentially how I spent my Labor Day holiday. Ruoxi and I made reservations at The Nomad, home to the $84 chicken for two, and treated ourselves to the $29 lunch menu. The $29 gets you an appetizer and an entree, and there are a lot of options on the menu, ranging from the light and seasonal to the crowd pleasing hearty favorites. Depending on what you choose, you could have a very dainty and refined meal, or a very filling one.

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tomato salad with summer greens and burrata

I was certainly going down the dainty route, starting off my meal with a delicious and seasonal tomato and burrata salad, while Ruoxi chose the lasagnettes. The tomatoes were so juicy and sweet, and the small ball of burrata cheese was by far the creamiest and most luscious that I’ve ever had. The bitter summery greens laced the salad with an edge so that it wouldn’t be just another pretty, pleasant plate.

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lasagnette with eggplant, tomato and parmesan

The lasagnettes, on the other hand, tasted exactly as you’d expect, lasagna in miniature form. The small pieces of cheese and eggplant filled ravioli in a rich tomato sauce were everything you could dream of.

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chicken burger with foie gras, black truffle mayonnaise with pickles and fries
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the best fries

The most popular item by far was the chicken burger, a gut bomb fit for a king, filled with only the finest of ingredients that might induce gout in the process. It looked a little small at first, something in between a regular sized burger and a slider, but after two or three bites I had to take a break. No matter how full you say you are, you’ll always have room for the side of fries that come with it. These shoestring beauties are the best. They may also be the most expensive, but they are worth every penny.

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butter-poached lobster with corn, peppers and arugula

If you want all the opulence with only some of the guilt, I would recommend the poached butter lobster. The lobster tasted very clean and pristine, as if it had just emerged from the water, and you could tell that the choicest parts of the lobster, specifically the hard to get and highly prized knuckle and tail meat, were used.

With all those fries and bread, dessert was out of the question. Sure, it was my day off, but living a life of leisure requires some energy, namely walking slowly to nearby boutiques and coffee shops, and maybe a subway station or two if you’re feeling especially ambitious. Living the good life requires a little bit of work, but I sure wish it were my day job.

The NoMad
1170 Broadway (between 27th and 28th St)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500