New York, US
Part Korean barbecue, part American steakhouse, this convivial fine-dining experience defies absolutes. Rather, Cote cleverly embraces the affinity and idiosyncrasies of each culinary realm to memorable effect. Brainchild of Simon Kim, the playful neon signage of the Instagram-friendly Flatiron dining room reading ‘Gogijib or Go Home’ says everything about the focus here: this place is all about superlative meat. A glass-fronted, red-lit dry aging locker sits laden with American Wagyu and USDA Prime beef ready for chef David Shim’s expert hand. Whether you’re sitting at the soapstone benches or ensconced within green-clad booths, the popular pick is the Butcher’s Feast, which sees four cuts of marbled, intensely flavoured beef – including galbi, a marinated short rib – make its way to guests before being sizzled à table on built-in smokeless Shinpo grills. Accompanied by banchan (veg-based sides), sweet-spicy ssam-jang sauce, egg soufflé and kimchi stew it’s a veritable feast for the senses. Elsewhere are Korean twists on steakhouse favourites like shrimp cocktail served here with gochujang sauce. An extensive wine list of some 1,200-plus labels complements proceedings, while the downstairs Undercote bar is ideal for a postprandial libation.
16 W 22nd St, Flatiron District, New York, New York, NY 10010