Nov. 4, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Authentic Korean food is making its way in to Long Island City.
Katie Kim, the owner of a Korean fried chicken delivery business based in Hunters Point, is opening a pop-up Korean restaurant called Hansik today. Hansik, which refers to traditional Korean food in Korean, is taking up residence in the former RepubLIC 50 space at 10-09 50th Avenue for at least the next month.
“It seems like there is a lot of Chinese and Vietnamese food in the area but not Korean, but a lot of people want to know Korean food more,” Kim said. “I want to show people that there are options for authentic Korean food in LIC.”
The new pop-up restaurant will run for at least the next month, but if things go well, Kim said she might extend its run, or even open up a brick and mortar location.
She currently runs her delivery restaurant Korean Style Fried Chicken out of Bricktown Bagels at 51-06 Vernon Boulevard, but says it is difficult to make authentic Korean food when sharing space with another eatery.
Though her current business focuses primarily on fried chicken, she said the menu at Hansik would be more expansive, with many Korean specialties as well as cocktails.
The pop-up restaurant will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 6 to 12 p.m. each day, with prices ranging from $10 to $30.
This new Pop-up is actually SOLID. Just ate there Saturday night. “Green Street” has an experimental/fusion aspect to what it’s doing. It’s great, but it’s on the pricey side, so you can’t eat there multiple times a week. “Hansik” is straight-up Korean at very affordable prices. For $25, you get to pick any 3 entrees and it ends up being a LOT of food. Recommend: Kalbi-Jim (stewed short ribs), Tong Gak (fried whole chicken), and Bossam (boiled pork belly [i.e. unsalted bacon]). Because of the affordability, this is definitely our go-to Korean place in the neighborhood.
Green Street? You mean that no soy sauce, no sugar, experimental paleo with a dungeon dining area? ….Yea it won’t last long.
There’s a brand new Korean restaurant called Green St
There’s no Chinese food besides that junk spot on Vernon for takeout and Cyclo is the only Vietnamese spot I know of around here
Am I wrong?
Yes, BIA is on Jackson Ave. It’s Vietnamese. Shi and Fushia are Asian-fusion.
“Trendy” spots being replaced by Fried Chicken joints….Ole Paul been saying it all along. In another news, isn’t anyone gonna mention another crappy overhypyed brunch place out of business despite revamping the menu just a few months ago…..The Breadbox Cafe. Too bad.
I will miss using Breadbox to give directions: “pass the large pink poop, 15 non-descript condo buildings and go left at the roller pins.” Was a emblematic of LIC zoning. Crazy looking restaurant almost inside a gas station.
AMERICAN BREAKFAST $14.50
Scrambled Eggs, Home fries, Cheddar Cheese, Smoked Bacon, Butter, Jam & Basket of Breads
The place was called the Breadbasket and my favorite thing on the menu came with a basket of breads. A few years ago I actually got a basket of bread. It made the $15 eggs, bacon and home fries meal worth the price. The breadbasket: 2 sesame bagel breads with cream cheese, a sour dough roll and a raisin roll with chive butter and homemade jam. Problem was, I only got that interesting bread basket once. Every other time I got two pieces of whole wheat toast with butter. I don’t really like whole wheat toast and that is not a breadbasket from a place called the freaking Breadbox. I would ask where is the bread I got the first time and they would tell me, without a smile, that that is all they have. I once commented on this site about this. The owner promised, on this site, that that would not happen again. I went in a week later and got whole wheat toast. I wish that 1682 French Louisiana (Cranky’s) would reopen. That place was awesome!
That location has been on the market for sale around 6 months now as a development site
Maybe the owner didn’t renew their lease or they folded
Breadbox – it says on their website that they are closed for renovations.
Yelp says permanently closed
I’ve been walking by 3/4 times a week and seen multiple persons inside. No renovations as of yet