D'Or Ahn

Behind The D'Or

Sexy Korean on the Downlow

There aren't too many restaurants that are:

1) new
2) hip
3) surefire impress-a-date material; and
4) under the radar.

Usually a combination of the first three guarantees the last is impossible.

Well, around the corner from PR-machine Bette lies PR-less D'Or Ahn, an intimate, uber-sexy haute-Korean spot. Due to an owner whose style is creative and methodical (she spent a year and half painstakingly designing and constructing the small 45-seat space), D'Or Ahn has kept its soft opening under the media radar, leaving this tiny new Chelsea gem yet untainted by the Citysearch-reading set.

Owner Lannie Ahn custom built the giant 6-foot mohair suede lamp that dangles over the smooth concrete bar, more spacious than normal to give the feel of a home counterspace. The narrow dining space is Jewel-Bako reminiscent, with metal mesh on the walls and a glass-encased wine cellar separating the more private back room.

Tapping into Korean roots and formal French training (DB, Alain Ducasse, Per Se), chef Rachel Yang creates unique contemporary food with a Korean flair. You can put away the BBQ prongs for beautifully presented dishes like kimchi "bloody mary" oysters, octopus with pickled pear so good you'll forget what you're eating, a unique short rib, sesame leaf crusted scallop and finally the not-to-be missed toro prosciutto appetizer.

Tuck away this unique little spot for your dating arsenal—and head there before it starts getting booked—and Citysearch-ed.


D'Or Ahn
207 10th Ave
(between 22nd and 23rd)
New York, NY, 10011

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