Not Kravin’ Kawi…

Made our way over to Hudson Yards recently.

The intention was to lunch at the much ballyhooed Mercado Little Spain.

We scoped out the numerous stalls and were duly unimpressed so we went to Plan B.

The restaurants at Hudson Yards have been heavily panned with a few exceptions.

Kawi

We headed to Kawi, David Chang’s latest venture which received good reviews.

Kawi, the Korean influenced restaurant featuring cuisine by Chef Eunjo Park, was packed for Sunday lunch.

Kawi Bar

We settled in at the bar because there was a long wait for a table.

We toasted lunch with a lovely Vermentino ($16) and a house cocktail ($16).

We kicked things off with a very good soft Tofu With Roe and Carmelized Soy  ($17).

I ordered White Pepper Chicken Wings because I am a fan. They were crispy and tasty and the lemon wedges added zest to the wings…downside, they were way too realistic looking ($12).

David’s main was a good choice…Raw Salmon and Roe over Rice with Shiso & Rye Bonji ($28).

My daughter and I shared a Flank Steak Kimbap which was not what we expected ($29).

It was basically a mediocre steak roll.

The restaurant is attractive, but windowless and a bit pricey as are all of Chang’s Momofuku influenced, overrated restaurants.

Kawi’s goal is to combine traditional Korean food and infuse with a modern twist.

Hudson Yards is shiny and new, but the corridors are endless which makes shopping tedious.

The outside area is really the draw.

Vessel

Go see The Vessel and go home.

For $25 billion it should be a more appealing place to visit…just a pretty face with little substance and personality.

Kawi 20 Hudson Yards 5th Floor New York City. Lunch: Daily 11:30-3pm. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday and Saturday 5-11pm.

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