Soon, New Yorkers won’t just be passing through the subway station at 32nd Street and Broadway to catch the train, but to enjoy a magnificent dining experience. Nōksu, K-town’s newest restaurant at 49 West 32 Street, will open at its inconspicuous venue on Friday, October 6th.
Customers must locate the unassuming black door at the bottom the the stairs in the subway station and enter a special key code to enter. Once inside, guests will be wowed by the subterranean dining room that was inspired by sumuk-hwa, which are Korean ink wash paintings.
The name Nōksu aligns with its underground location as it signifies a deep and clear valley in the mountains. Interestingly enough, the space was actually once home to a newsstand and a barbershop.
The fine dining establishment will specialize in Korean flavors and ingredients throughout its 12-course $225 tasting menu served by Chef Dae Kim. Guests can add on a wine pairing featuring German, Austrian, and California varietals for an extra $175.
Nōksu menu highlights include Surf Clam, BBQ Squab, and a truffle bao bun stuffed with duck offal. The entire menu, which is predominately seafood, is representative of Chef Dae Kim’s fine dining background with a touch of nostalgia from his childhood in Korea. Find the full menu on Nōksu’s website.
Owners Bobby Kwak and Joseph Ko are not only the founders of Korean nightclubs Mission and Circle, but the owners of BBQ specialist Baekjeong and Korean gelato spot, Sundae’s Best.
Reservations are available on Resy.
📍 49 West 32nd Street
🕒 Opening on Friday, October 6th