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New Neighbor: Cote

The Flatiron District is thrilled to be the new home of the first Korean steakhouse in NYC. Restaurateur Simon Kim of Michelin-starred Piora has opened Cote (pronounced kōton West 22nd Street. Named for the Korean word for "flower", a term also used to describe an intensely marbled specialty steak cut, Cote is Kim's follow up to Piora's "blossom" —a sophisticated restaurant that marries the interaction and flavors of Korean barbecue with the prime cuts and exceptional wines of the American steakhouse.

"I have been looking for a space in the Flatiron District for more than two and half years! Downtown has been growing and while 14th street used to be considered the border of downtown, it is now 23rd Street that serves as that border. It has an exciting balance of offices, restaurants and residential," says Kim. "The most exciting booming of the restaurant scene is in the Flatiron District! From NoMad, Shake Shack, Sugarfish to Eataly, it has something for everyone!"

Designed by New York-based architecture firm MNDPC, the sleek space features accents of red oak and brass. A marble-topped standing bar is positioned between two dining spaces, where soapstone-topped grill tables and convivial booths and benches set the stage for the meal ahead.

Steakhouse mainstays such as shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, steak tartare, and thick-cut bacon are served alongside traditional Korean dol-sot bibimbop and spicy casseroles. M. Wells Steakhouse alum David Shim's menu features USDA Prime steaks, such as ribeye and sirloin, dry-aged on site, and specialty beef cuts such as flatiron and marinated short rib. At the heart of the experience is the prix fixe Butcher's Feast, a play on the traditional Korean barbecue spread featuring ban chan, salad, lettuce wraps, savory egg souffle, stews and four prime cuts of beef that arrive pre-sliced to grill at the table. Housemade soft serve completes the feast. To drink, craft soju is as at home as martinis and old-fashioneds on head bartender Devin Kennedy's menu, and all wines by the glass are poured out of magnums from an extensive 600-bottle list curated by beverage director Victoria James, also of Piora. 

As the first Korean steakhouse in NYC, Kim says, "Cote is excited to call Flatiron its home. Cote's mission to marry the classic steakhouse experience with the Korean barbecue experience truly embraces the essence of Flatiron: a perfect balance of classic and progressiveness - proper and fun!"

The restaurant is open Monday through Wednesday 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Closed on Sundays. 

Cote16 West 22nd Street, (212) 401-7986


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