Soogil – Modern Korean with French Accents in the East Village

Soogil – Modern Korean with French Accents in the East Village

Soogil Dining Room

Sometimes life gives you a sign of what you should be doing. In the case of Soogil Lim, it was literally one in a restaurant. Though he was studying biology, it was a sign reading “Make People Happy” that made him rethink his career path. Fast forward to a degree at the C.I.A. in Hyde Park and a spot on the line at Daniel. Lim worked his way up to Sous Chef there and stayed 7 years at the renowned restaurant. He moved on to Hanjan as Exec Chef for 4 years before finally setting out on his own.

At his eponymous restaurant, Soogil is creating Korean small plates that speak to his upbringing in South Korea and authentic Korean ingredients, as well as his French training. The restaurant reflects his own hospitality, a cozy, warm inviting space on a side street in the East Village.

Read more about the opening of Soogil in The New York Times, Grub Street, Eater, Departures and UrbanDaddy.

Info & reservations at www.soogil.com

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