Korean restaurant Atomix ranks 33rd on World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

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A dish offered at Atomix in New York, which was ranked 33rd on the recently released list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants [DIANE KANG]

Korean restaurant Atomix, located in New York, has been named the best restaurant in the Big Apple according to the recently released list of the world’s 50 best restaurants.

At a ceremony held in London on Monday, Atomix landed in 33rd place. The only other American restaurant to make the list was Le Bernadin, also based in New York. He placed 44th.

Atomix also won the Art of Hospitality Award, a first for a Korean restaurant.

Co-founders Junghyun Park, left, and Ellia Park, right, of Atomix in New York pose for a photo during the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in London on Monday. [CHOI JUNG-YOON]

Co-founders Junghyun Park, left, and Ellia Park, right, of Atomix in New York pose for a photo during the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in London on Monday. [CHOI JUNG-YOON]

Founders and married couple Junghyun Park, who serves as chef, and Ellia Park, who serves as manager, opened Atomix in 2018, two years after opening casual Korean restaurant Atoboy.

Atomix was highly praised; it earned its first Michelin Guide New York star just five months after opening and added another star in 2020. The New York Times named Atomix the city’s #1 new restaurant at the end of its year in business. opening.

Chef Park has been nominated for two James Beard Awards – often called the Chefs’ Oscars in the United States – for New York State’s Best Chef, in 2020 and 2022.

The culinary talents honored in this year's list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants pose for a photo on stage in London after the awards ceremony on Monday. [WORLD'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS]

The culinary talents honored in this year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants pose for a photo on stage in London after the awards ceremony on Monday. [WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS]

“It’s such an honor to see Koreans take to the stage to receive an award for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, especially for the 20th edition of the list,” said Choi Jung-yoon, vice chairman of the committee. organization of the world’s 50 best restaurants for Korea. Only winners of special awards, such as the Art of Hospitality Award, can receive their awards on stage.

“The rise of Atomix has been widely supported by all Korean players who bring their restaurants inspired by Korean cuisine and culture to New York, such as Jungsik, Jeju Noodle Bar, Jua, Cote and many more. others, as their works combined, caught the attention of New Yorkers and made Korean cuisine hot,” Choi added.

A dish at Atomix, a fine dining restaurant in New York that offers modern-style Korean cuisine [DIANE KANG]

A dish at Atomix, a fine dining restaurant in New York that offers modern-style Korean cuisine [DIANE KANG]

Atomix is ​​known for using Korean words to explain dishes on its menu, as well as offering diners a choice of chopsticks to use during their dining experience.

“Perhaps the most successful way to integrate service with food is how it creates a dialogue around Korean cuisine, educating diners but not preaching,” the World’s 50 Best Restaurant said.

“While defining what Korean raw materials or fermenting kimchi entail, guests inadvertently receive a better understanding of the nuance and technique at play on the plate.

Atomix provides a menu with Korean words to better explain the dishes it offers [DIANE KANG]

Atomix provides a menu with Korean words to better explain the dishes it offers [DIANE KANG]

Published annually by William Reed Business Media, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants holds an annual awards ceremony for its winners in a different city. It also offers Asian and Latin American editions to better promote new rising food capitals. Unlike the Michelin Guide, which only reviews restaurants in cities chosen by the organizer, more than 1,000 designated voters from around the world can nominate and vote for restaurants in any city.

While Atomix is ​​the only Korean-run restaurant to make the top 50 list, two others have made the top 100 list. Chef Kang Min-goo’s Seoul Mingles was ranked 71st and Chef Sun Kim’s Singapore Meta entered the top 100 for the first time this year at 95. Korean-American chef Corey Lee’s Benu was ranked 97th .

BY LEE SUN-MIN [lee.sunmin@joongang.co.kr]

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