[NYC, Midtown, K-town] Her Name is Han - Instagrammable hip, trendy, modern Korean food and cocktails
It's a modern, trendy space serving up Korean "soul food," Seoul food if you will, and cocktails.
The menu has some pretty standard fare, but I was excited when I saw some of the unique salads on the menu (we tried two of them) and the cocktail list is pretty good. They have home infused fruit soju that they use as a base in the cocktails. They also serve a makeolli (rice wine) cocktail.
They do have a few vegetarian options, which is pretty good for a Korean place, even in America, but there are only a FEW items, it's not a vegetarian paradise.
I got the Lychee Sparkling (soju base) cocktail, my friend got the Berry Milky (makgulli base), and her friend got the Pomegranate Sangria (pear infused sangria base).
All the cocktails we ordered were really well conceived. They were pretty strong. You could definitely taste the different alcohols - if you're not a huge fan of Korean alcohols, then definitely go for the Pomegranate Sangria.
I was a little worried the Lychee Sparkling was going to be kind of sweet or too syrupy, but luckily it was just right. It was pretty balanced, semi-sweet with lychee flavor, but you could still taste the soju.
|A13 - Candied anchovy salad|
The salad greens are topped with Korean pear, almonds, candied walnuts and a yuzu vinaigrette dressing. It wasn't overdressed, so that was also a plus.
I think value-wise, going for a hot pot is a good idea, it'd easily serve 2-3, even without small plates, especially if you opt for adding rice (we didn't). I might go back to try the ddukbokki hotpot (C5 - $35) since my friend and I were eyeing that one.
We splurged for dessert...just because we couldn't resist.
We opted for G1 - the green tea biscuit, black sesame ice cream, and dried strawberries ($9) - the Korean name is so much cuter, A Spring's Day Garden 봄날의 정원 and G3 - makeolli tiramisu/Korean rice wine tiramisu ($6).
The green tea and black sesame ice cream was nice and refreshing, not too sweet. The green tea cookie crumbles were super nice and added a nice texture, especially with the airy, fluffy texture of the dried strawberries.
The makeolli/rice wine tiramisu was nice and creamy. It still really had the makeolli flavor, which I rather enjoyed. It was warm and savory, which I like in a dessert, since it wasn't too sweet.
We had enough food for 4...we were all pretty full, but we didn't over-order.
I am kind of considering trying it again because the lunch/brunch menu is quite famous.
One thing to note, the lunch is CASH ONLY.
For dinner, you can definitely use card!
I have heard from others that they were somewhat disappointed...but I think they tended to order the more mainstream food and the grill/BBQ meat, which I could see being more so-so (esp. since mainstream food is so..mainstream for a reason, so you can definitely get the food for like half the price or make it at home.