The small plates at Atoboy will make you say Atoboy!

There is a fair amount of Korean tapas spots in NYC including Atoboy but this restaurant is doing something different on their menu. Although the dishes are on the finer side with minimalist design and subtle Korean influences, they still make a clear statement that this is the future of casual Asian fine dining. The spicy chicken dish with peanut butter sauce and braised leeks with walnuts will remind you of the Korean dishes you see on a menu in K-Town but at Atoboy the twists stem from various popular international flavors ranging from shredded cheddar, truffles, poblano peppers to even good old cheesecake. The menu allows you to choose any 3 dishes on the menu for only $36 which, is one of the best deals you'll score for dinner at a fine dining restaurant in the city.  

LEEK-  Doenjang, Cheddar, Walnut

LEEK- Doenjang, Cheddar, Walnut

TARTARE-  Beef, Stinging Nettle, Potato, Watercress

TARTARE- Beef, Stinging Nettle, Potato, Watercress

SUNCHOKE-  Oyster mushroom, Black truffle, Orange

SUNCHOKE- Oyster mushroom, Black truffle, Orange

ASPARAGUS-  Dried scallop, Gochugaru, Egg yolk

ASPARAGUS- Dried scallop, Gochugaru, Egg yolk

CHICKEN-  Spicy peanut butter, Garlic

CHICKEN- Spicy peanut butter, Garlic

NY STRIP-  Arugula, Poblano, Wild sesame oil

NY STRIP- Arugula, Poblano, Wild sesame oil

STRAWBERRY CHEESE MOUSSE CAKE-  Pistachio, Mint

STRAWBERRY CHEESE MOUSSE CAKE- Pistachio, Mint

Favorites

Sunchoke- Oyster mushroom, Black truffle, Orange- This dish is a perfect balance of starch. Sunchokes (small potatoes) even when paired simply with truffles and orange is absolutely delicious.

Chicken- Spicy peanut butter, Garlic- Fried lightly battered chicken and peanut sauce is a recipe for perfection. This is the high end chicken nugget dish your inner 10 year old has been waiting for.

Strawberry cheese mousse cake- Pistachio, Mint- This dessert is light, airy with just the right amount of acidity making it the ideal choice for the dish to end your meal. 

If I could I would spend every Thursday at Thursday Kitchen

I find it fascinating how many variations there are of Korean food. I think the cuisine is unique in the sense that it can be either traditional, barbecued or even comfort tapas. Thursday Kitchen serves Korean comfort tapas which will have you coming back on Thursday and every other day of the week to taste all of their menu. Thursday Kitchen has hit a period of instagram fame for their boozy capri sun drinks but that doesn't mean you should overlook the menu. The menu has something for meat lovers, seafood enthusiasts, vegetarians and carbo-loaders. They don't take reservations so the wait is usually between 30 minutes to an hour. I highly recommend this place for dinner dates and for a small group dinner. 

Edamame dumpling steamed, citrus true oil, green pepper

Edamame dumpling steamed, citrus true oil, green pepper

Angry sweet potato fries with sriracha goat cheese, chilli pepper

Angry sweet potato fries with sriracha goat cheese, chilli pepper

Soft shell crab wasabi remoulade, pickled tomatoes

Soft shell crab wasabi remoulade, pickled tomatoes

Steak soy-garlic glaze, feta grits, sautéed kale

Steak soy-garlic glaze, feta grits, sautéed kale

Truffle mac and cheese with manila clam, fontina, gruyere, mozzarella

Truffle mac and cheese with manila clam, fontina, gruyere, mozzarella

Favorites

1. Edamame dumpling- I've never had edamame in dumpling form and now I want it all the time. The edamame bursts into your mouth as you bite into the dumpling. I also love the combination of edamame and parmasean cheese. Who knew that worked so well?!

2. Soft shell crab- This crab was easy to pull apart and juicy. It comes with a spicy seasoning and the tomatoes give the dish a nice citrus break from all the richness. 

3. Steak with sauteed kale and feta grits- The steak is cooked medium rare with a delicious soy glaze that gives the steak some crispiness. I'm not a huge kale person but the kale had a lot of flavor and a nice crunch to it. And the feta grits? It was just as good as it sounds.