Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Barn Joo

Towards the end of one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Barn Joo

On man, this post goes way back. Way back to February. Yes, it's that old. I though about not posting it but the food was really good so I wanted to give Barn Joo the mention.
On this night, we had quite a large group. This meant good food sharing at this gastropub. We ordered from the menu with a frenzy and then the food began to rain onto our table. First the fried oysters. These plump morsels of briny, creamy oysters fried until crunchy were really nice. The garnishes on top gave it just enough of freshness and spicy kick to cut through the oyster itself. I would definitely order this again. Unfortunately, these tasty things aren't on the menu anymore. Maybe it's a special now.

The crispy asparagus ($12) was quite the beautiful plate. Breaded and fried asparagus with horseradish and pinenut sauce. The tender asparagus held up well to all the garnishes going on there. I actually really liked this but the price is a bit steep for just 2 stalks.
The crispy calamari with paprika ($12) is a good group dish to share. Tender pieces of squid fried lightly until crispy.
The BJ Wings ($13) were a hit at the table. We ordered one of each of the flavors: soy garlic, hot and spicy, and salt and pepper. All were very good and tasty. Fried perfectly leaving a thin crispy crust and tender meat inside. We liked these so much that we ordered them again.
The spicy baby octopus ($16) was nice to have since all the other seafood so far was fried. Just little cooked octopus wasn't chewy at all and they had a nice Korean chili taste to them. Not spicy but flavorful.
The seafood ddokbokki wasn't another good dish but is no longer on the menu. Chewy rolls of rice cake, spicy sauce, and fried fish cake. All very tasty.
And the galbi which is also no longer found on the menu. Tender pieces of marinated short ribs in a soy based marinade that was grilled until caramelized. Brussel sprouts and carrots garnish the plate. This was good too and would have definitely served well as a plate for one.
Overall, I really like Barn Joo. The food was good and tasty. It's certainly not your traditional Korean fare but we enjoyed the modern tweaks. We all said we would go back.

Barn Joo
893 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(646) 398-9663

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