1460 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA

Partners Dave Park and Jen Tran opened this Noble Square newcomer earlier this year, with the same modern Korean cuisine that gained them a loyal following (and a nomination for a James Beard Foundation award) at Hanbun, an elevated take on a food-court stall. Now in their own 40-seat brick and mortar restaurant, the team has room to show more personality in dining and in décor. Korean rice paper wall dividers, hammered brass lighting fixtures, and hanbok dress uniforms reveal a Korean-inspired aesthetic. Guests can partake in an a la carte or tasting menu. Go with the latter—priced at only $87 for seven courses, it’s one of the best values in town—which showcases some of the kitchen’s best, from silken tofu (with king crab, maesil, and chili braised fern) to kimchi (in a truffle emulsion with flank steak and sunchoke croquettes).

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