HELL’S KITCHEN, NY – Hell’s Kitcheners already knew their neighborhood was teeming with restaurants. A new accolade only adds to that reputation: a neighborhood restaurant has just been named New York’s best for 2021.
This restaurant is Cochin, the Korean spot of 10th Avenue and West 46th Street run by Chief Sungchul Shim. The choice was made by TimeOut magazine, which unveiled its 2021 “Best of the City Awards” on Tuesday.
The winners didn’t necessarily need to open in 2021 to earn a spot; Indeed, TimeOut acknowledges that Kochi’s late launch date of November 2019 likely took it away from this year’s “best” lists.
It is no longer neglected. Kochi began serving its tasting menu to al fresco diners during the pandemic, earning it a Michelin star – one of seven New York City restaurants to win the prestigious honor for the first time l ‘last year.
Named for the Korean word for “skewer,” Kochi’s specialties indeed revolve around meat and vegetables pierced on stakes. Menu highlights include bibimbap, braised short ribs and charcoal-grilled Spanish mackerel, according to TimeOut, which can be enjoyed outside or in the “small but lively open dining room overlooking the kitchen.” .
Other “Best in Town” categories awarded by TimeOut this week included Best Bar (Dutch Kills in Long Island City), Best New Restaurant (Dhamaka on the Lower East Side) and Best Coffee (The Boogie Down Grind in the Bronx).
When awarding Kochi a star earlier this year, Michelin described the restaurant’s ambience as “rowdy”, with happy crowds and friendly, efficient service. The guide recommended the Kochi pine and potato milk soup, the sweet potato and Jerusalem artichoke gratin, the toasted nori with soy butter brown rice, and a black sesame ice cream dessert.
Shim, the chef, is a veteran of gastronomic institutions like Per Se, Le Bernardin and Neta. His Korean dishes were designed using French and Japanese techniques that he acquired during his career.