The former Heartland Brewery in Union Square is now Barn Joo a great Korean Gastropub serving a mix of Tapas, Starters, Entrees, and Korean BBQ (upstairs) with a full bar. The space is rather good looking for a Korean version of a Japanese Itzakaya.
I started with their Serrano Margarita which of note for those who love the heat…it lives up to its name. They have a large varied selection of Tapas and starters thus making it a tough choice. Since I haven’t had Beef Tartare with quail egg in a while and figured it was a good way to test the kitchens quality of ingredients. It passed with flying colors.
Since we could not agree on anything to share my friend went wit the Steamed Fish Buns. At $16 for two I though a little pricy, but he devoured them.
That Margarita really had some heat to it so I needed a beer to cool things down. A bud of mine turned me onto local CT brewery Two Roads so when I saw their Hefewisen on tap the decision was easypeasy…so to speak.
The menu here is pretty large but The Scallops with Corn and Chili peppers caught my eye, plus starting with the Tartare made for a Korean twist on Surf n Turf. They were perfectly prepared, the corn being sweet with the chili peppers giving some heat making a great taste sensation.
My bud went with the Short Ribs with Sweet Potatoes which were juicy, meaty and flavorful.
Barn Joo is located at 35 Union Square West