New York, USA
In a nutshell: Located in Manhattan’s NoMad neighbourhood, close to Koreatown, Atomix is a 14-seat tasting menu restaurant set around a single U-shaped counter, run by chef Junghyun ‘JP’ Park and his wife Ellia.
On the menu: Fermentation techniques in dishes such as smoked bonito with foie gras, abalone and doenjang, an umami-rich fermented soybean paste. Each dish is served with a beautifully designed individual card translating the name of the dish from Korean and listing its ingredients, origin and meaning.
Meet the Parks: Born and raised in Seoul, JP Park trained in the UK, US, Australia and South Korea at high-profile restaurants including The Ledbury in London, Cutler & Co. in Melbourne and Jungsik Dang in Seoul – it was by chef Jungsik Yim that he was introduced to New Korean Cuisine. While working as chef de cuisine at Jungsik in New York, he led the restaurant to receive its second Michelin star. In 2016, JP opened his first solo project, family-style sharing restaurant Atoboy, with his wife, co-owner and manager Ellia. They opened Atomix together in 2018.
About the name: ‘Ato’ comes from the ancient Korean word for ‘gift,’ which is precisely what the Parks want to give to the world.