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Kristalbelli: Korean BBQ With a Bit of BlingKorean BBQ Gets a Glam Update at Kristalbelli
Ready to take your Korean Barbecue experience to the next level? Check out Kristalbelli, a new Midtown eatery created by Seoul pop star J.Y. Park, which promises to give the popular dining experience an upscale update.
How, you ask? For starters, food is cooked on sparkling, crystal grills, heated with an infrared technology that cooks meat faster than typical gas grills. And don’t fret about leaving with that formerly unavoidable barbecue scent—each grill is outfitted with special vents to suck up smoke and cooking smells.
As for the food, Chef David Shim, who has worked at Gramercy Tavern and Veritas, has curated an innovative menu using high quality, gourmet ingredients including organic vegetables, Wagyu beef, and pork belly, to name a few. For starters, you can sample traditional dishes including Gujeolpan ($15), made with thinly sliced veggies and beef, served with a crepe, or Japchae (stir fried glass noodles with vegetables for $13). Next, let the real grilling begin with a selection of premium beef (ranging from $29 for a New York Strip to $51 for Wagyu filet mignon). Non-meat eaters can choose from stews with tofu and seafood, and buckwheat noodles ($12). No need to worry about chemical seasonings, the restaurant does not add any MSG.