The general air of excitement over the merging of two distinctly different foreign cuisines.
The scent of spiced pork belly-topped oysters, seated beside the ever so complementary kimchi shooters.
Many people staring lovingly at each other over goblets of Mizu-lemongrass shochu.
These are the elements Brasserie Seoul is made of: a newly opened French-Korean date spot now open in Downtown Brooklyn.
It's the brainchild of chef Sung Park, who was born and raised in Korea before undergoing that sort of classic French training that results in an affinity for crispy duck breast with foie gras and/or roasted bone marrow. But he's not doing any of that without blending in a bit of Korean flavor. The result is both interesting and delicious: a bouillabaisse with fried tofu, rice gnocchi and chef’s Napa cabbage kimchi; fermented black bean crusted cod with gochugaru reduction; other things you can check out on their menu, which we've placed here.
And the space: perfect for springtime dates with an ashwood-lined greenhouse to be utilized when it's decent outside and a polished, modern interior with a picturesque brass bar. You'll have to trust us on the spot's good looks, but we've got ample photos of the food you'll be consuming right here in the slideshow.
Brasserie Seoul, now open, 300 Schermerhorn St (between Bond and Nevins), 718-330-1099