The first time you walk into Atomix at 104 East 30th Street, you might get a sense of of déjà vu. If you’re into Korean food, you likely have seen these good folks before. They’re Junghyun and Ellia Park, the husband-and-wife owners of Atoboy, the casual-but-classy Korean-inspired eatery just a few blocks away. Their second neighborhood offering is a fine-dining restaurant featuring a Korean tasting-menu, surrounding you with a quiet but stunning interior and destined to make a lot of “best-of” lists in the days to come.
From the street, you enter Atomix on the second floor, but you’re in the right place: the bar area. Here, two of NYC’s most seasoned bartenders craft a whiskey-focused selection of cocktails designed to open your palate and prepare you for the meal ahead. (You’ll soon be able to order a few a la carte items from the bar, as well.) Then, you walk downstairs into the lounge to partake of snacks and conversation until you’re formally escorted into the minimal-yet-dramatic 16-seat dining room.
In a few minutes, your chef takes center stage and your dining adventure begins. Your evening consists of a 10-course meal (eight savory dishes and two desserts), all meticulously prepared and presented before your eyes. Courses may include delights such as soup with burdock, sea bream with uni, and twigam—a fried langoustine dish with nasturtium, chopi pepper, and anise hyssop. You’ll eat these culinary masterpieces off artisan-crafted ceramic plates, and you’ll even choose your chopsticks from Ellia Park’s personal collection. At the conclusion of your meal, you can ascend back to the bar for another drink or two before saying goodnight.
Whether you’re trying to impress a date or just want to experience some of the finest Korean-inspired cuisine this side of—well, Korea, you’ll want to plan an evening here. With Atomix, the Parks have gone several extra miles to create a culinary experience to be both remembered and repeated. Best of all, it’s right here in NoMad.
104 East 30th Steeet
New York, NY 10016
Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30 pm – 12:00 am