Modern Korean food is a label that has gotten a lot of play in recent years. Critics have pronounced the high-end creations at Michelin-starred Jungsik to be “modern Korean,” and Hortus, in NoMad, has conferred the descriptor on its own Asian fusion creations. Late last year, another self-described purveyor of MKF entered the marketplace. Its name is 8282, and its take on the term suggests playfulness.
That playfulness begins with the name. According to the About page on its website “8282 refers to Korea’s country code, +82, and has an additional meaning: The numbers, when read together, translate to a phrase that means ‘quickly’ or ‘faster.’ The phrase signifies a get-it-done attitude.”
The playfulness extends to the menu, where you will find “Boneless K.F.C.” among the listings. The dish translates to “fried chicken thigh with Korean soy garlic sauce, served with pickled radish noodles.” Grilled octopus is realized as charred lengths of mollusk in a bell pepper purée accompanied by roasted squash. Galbi, which is made with beef short ribs in most New York Korean restaurants, is rendered here with pork — and Iberico pork at that.
8282 recently launched a soju and cocktail program to complement the food. Among the latter you will find a “Miss Mija-O,” made with and garnished with omija berries. Playfulness again.
8282, 84 Stanton Street, 929-837-0360.