Okdongsik brings an upscale, Michelin-certified Korean fare to Nomad

Midtown diners have a new, upscale Korean eatery in NoMad to try: Okdongsik, which opened Tuesday. Space is limited to the 12 seats at the bar.

The pop-up restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef Ok Dongsik, who has been awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand status six times for his restaurant of the same name in Seoul, South Korea. Famous for his gomtang, a traditional Korean soup, the chef is in New York to cook for the pop-up while his team manages the Seoul outpost.

The only two dishes on the menu are dweji gomtang, a slow-cooked soup, for $18; and kimchi dumplings for $12. The restaurant takes reservations but also accepts walk-ins. Diners are given only 35 minutes to eat; the food is already prepared and served immediately after a customer is seated.

“It’s getting cold. New York needs great soup,” said Alex Park, director of Hand Hospitality, which is facilitating Okdongsik’s opening and is responsible for a number of other Koreatown hot spots.

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