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Mari Brings Hand Rolls to Hell's Kitchen
December 10, 2021, 7:06.28 pm ET


Photos: Dan Ahn

Chef Sungchul Shim, the chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Kochi, has opened his second restaurant, Mari, in Hell's Kitchen. At Mari [roll in Korean], Sung is offering a taste of street-food inspired Korean hand rolls, complemented by an extensive wine list and a selection of Korean spirits like soju and makgeolli. The bright, intimate space features engaging counter-style seating around an open kitchen, as well as a cozy outdoor dining area that is heated for the colder months.

The $125 tasting menu begins with Hansang, a selection of small plates items such as Yellowtail wrapped in pickled radish and Sundubu, house made tofu stew topped with little neck clams, mussels, shrimp, charred scallions and chili oil. It’s followed by eight mari rolls with fillings such as Soy Marinated Salmon topped with caviar and crispy potatoes; Shrimp with crispy leeks and egg yolk sauce; and Yuk Hwe, Korean steak tartare marinated in gochujang and topped with korean pear.

Mari, designed by Youngmi Ham of Studio Rolling, is a bright, contemporary space centered by an open kitchen, 16-seat white marble chef’s counter and gray upholstered high stools. The dining room offers an additional 15 seats with white oak tables, and a flower-inspired chandelier from Moooi Heracleum.

Mari is located at 679 9th Avenue, between 46th and 47th, New York, NY

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