Shin Ramyun Chicken Wings
Long time since I’ve written here! I’ve since moved to NYC from Baltimore! Anyways, even after a few days, it’s obvious that everybody in NYC hustles hard. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do… it’s just something that is embedded into the city’s DNA.
However, few people I’ve met had the drive and passion as @jae.s.lee , the owner and chef of the newly opened @nowon.nyc . Chef Jae had previously worked for some of the biggest names in the restaurant world and was the executive chef at a beautiful and fancy restaurant in Chinatown before leaving it all.
He soon created a popup called Him, named after the Korean word for “strength.” It wasn’t traditional Korean food, but in many ways, the food reflected his experiences as a Korean-American. Him found a semi-permanent location at the East Village’s Black Emperor Bar, and there, people started to take note of Chef Jae and his Korean-American inspired cuisine. In fact, his burger took on a near-mythical status—it was universally praised by food critics and bloggers alike as being one of NYC’s best burgers!
But while he was running his successful popup residency, Chef Jae was also getting ready for his next move: opening his own restaurant. He quickly found a location and started working on getting Nowon—named after the area in Seoul he grew up in—up and running. He would often come in before or after a full day’s work at Him. It was long hours and hard work, but it was also borne out of passion.
The restaurant is in many ways, his love letter to his family (in fact, there’s a mural of his grandfather in the restaurant), and the Korean-American immigrant experiences he had.
And while Chef Jae’s burger has received a lot of hype, you really ought to try his other offerings as well, from his Shin Ramyun Chicken Wings to honey butter tots to a bunch of other items on the menu. Chef Jae describes it as “Korean-Inspired with New York swag” and that sounds just about right. 😊