Excellent service and great atmosphere.
Food was delicious but some dishes were ok. Just wasn't a fan of the dessert
We had a wonderful evening at Atomix.
The food, service and decor are all 10/10. The chefs serve you each course. We were welcomed warmly and the hard work of the entire team did not go unnoticed. The food was fantastic. The note card that came with each course was appreciated. Atomix is a hard ticket to get and we feel lucky to have had the chance to experience such a memorable experience.
Still hungry after the dinner meal. Too salty for the soup source nearly in every dish. I still don't know why it is famous and popular. I had much better experience in many other Korean, Omakase or Asian restaurants.
One of my favorite meals ever.
It's so rare to go to a Michelin star tasting menu and actually have spicy dishes. I appreciated that so much! The aesthetic is immaculate here and the service is top notch without making you feel watched. As far as Michelin starred meals go in NYC this is one of the most innovative and exciting. Highly recommend it for special occasions or if you feel like splurging. I love the touch of providing a story with each plate. It was beautiful. Can't wait to go back.
The experience somehow justified the cost but some hit or
The experience somehow justified the cost but some hit or miss.PROs:*Service: no question on the service, everyone was very friendly and chatty.*Flavor: fun Korean inspired flavor.*Ambiance/Hospitality/story-telling experience.CONs:*Cutlery: the wooden cutlery was so worn out that was kinda unappetizing.*Quality of the protein: as a 2-star restaurant, we expected it to be top quality of food sourcing. Some parts of tuna was stringy; the uni was from Maine; the scallop wasn't sweet; the eel was kinda chewy. *Wine Pairing: the pour is on the stingy side.
A unique culinary journey with beautiful sights and an
A unique culinary journey with beautiful sights and an intimate setting -- so intimate that you don't even feel like you're at a restaurant, and instead as a guest at Chef JP's basement.At each stop along the journey, you're given in-house designed postcards with an intro and description about the food you're about to have. As the ingredients are mostly sourced from Korea and Japan, the culinary experience is seafood-heavy, where I enjoyed scallop, tuna, salmon roe, tilefish and mackerel. Flavors are good, but not risky, and there were no "wow!" or entirely new tongue-sations throughout the night. Everything is good -- prepared and cooked at a high quality.You could even argue that maybe Atomix is too conservative on the flavors they choose? Besides the salmon roe and bluefin tuna with a touch of rice vinegar and sesame oil, I felt like other dishes were too salty and lacked acidity balance. Some dishes seemed to be rather shy -- the scallop dish, despite mushroom and black truffle, still felt quite muted in flavor, and the oily sauce tasted quite neutral. Despite some forgettable dishes, the ones I will remember are Miyeok (seaweed) sauce under the seared tilefish, the turnip soup that was part of the Guk soup, and the freshwater eel in the side dish was great as well, the hint of sweetness on a thin crispy skin and tender fish meat was a joy. The 2 desserts were great, with the citrus sauce really standing out to me.I'm glad I did the wine pairing. Not all the wines are great, but the Sommelier did his best to find some non-cliche wines that surprised me. The Luis Seabra, Xisto Cru from Portugal was a very nice white wine that is seldom seen from the Douro, and the IWA 5 Sake, which is a blend of sake brewed from different yeasts in the kimoto method, was quite well-balanced yet assertive in some citrus notes that you don't normally expect from sake. "Modest, but not trivial. Splendid, but not extravagant" is a quote from Three Kingdoms that Chef JP uses to describe Atomix. I felt satisfied after the restaurant, but not indulged, and there was a certain austerity at the restaurant that didn't let me totally loosen up.
Yes, the food is incredible, but I'd like to make a special
Yes, the food is incredible, but I'd like to make a special note of the service and hospitality here, which is the best that I've experienced at any restaurants by several orders of magnitude. The staff were all incredibly warm, friendly, and unpretentious, and were eager, but never pushy, to converse about anything and everything. Early on, I mentioned to one of the staff that I was there to celebrate passing my qualifying exam for my PhD program, and over the course of the entire meal, it seemed like the entire service team came over to my seat to give their congratulations. Definitely look forward to returning when I get the chance.
My husband and I had a spectacular dinner last night! The food was so inventive and incredible! We were beyond impressed with the service. Everything was timed perfectly with the courses and the sommelier was amazing with his recommendations and made sure our glass was always full! This is a true dining experience and any foodie will appreciate it! Thank you for an unforgettable evening!
The dinner was absolutely amazing! We've been to Michelin
The dinner was absolutely amazing! We've been to Michelin star restaurants that weren't very creative and over-salted their food but each dish here were super creative, flavorful and delicious overall. The staff was amazing too! Made sure we felt comfortable and had great chat with some of them.
I've had the privilege of being able to dine at Atomix
I've had the privilege of being able to dine at Atomix three times so far, although this is the first time I've had the gumption to write a review after visiting. One of the visits was prior to the pandemic, while two were since then, but the consistency of the presentation and the quality of the food has been nearly perfect each and every time. The entry is an innocuous door on 31st Street just off of Park Avenue, and after entering, you get escorted past the chic intimate bar upstairs (where you can also dine) down to the chef's 'counter' (although you are seated, and the kitchen is observable, but not easily so, in the back). The serving staff is warm and personable, unlike some other upper-crust restaurants in Manhattan that are quite stiff. The menu, with accessible cocktails, wines, and teas makes it so that you can have pretty much any beverage pairing you'd like. The plating is gorgeous and done on ceramics that are hand-picked by the chef, and each meal comes with flashcards that are beautiful in their own right (along with giving some background on the dishes).It's hard to recall the 30-odd courses that I have had the privilege of enjoying over my meals here, but suffice to say: the technique is excellent, and the blending of Western preparation and technique with Korean cuisine and its unique palate sets the standard for the rush of exciting new upscale Korean restaurants that have popping up in Manhattan. Portions are such that you're full at the end of the meal but not stuffed, and dinner itself moves along at a thoughtful pace but not so slowly that your meal will turn into an uncomfortably long experience. Seafood and meat courses are equally excellent, and compared to some restaurants that can overdo the truffle addition and seem to arbitrarily add it to any given dish should you choose to splurge, Atomix does a great job of ensuring that the balance of ingredients in every course is not altered.Manhattan is a great town to dine in, but Atomix is at or near the top of the list when it comes to top-flight dining. I've never had a dish that struck me as mediocre, ill-contrived, or filler in the middle of a tasting menu, which is something that I feel occurs more often than not when the menu gets lengthier. Every course at Atomix is perfection on its own, and together, the food in concert with one another conjures up a dining experience that is basically second to none in America's restaurant capital. Unquestionably worth a visit (or two, or more)!
Everything about the experience was exceptional.
The space is otherworldly and yet not uncomfortable. I was on the first night of the Winter 2022 menu. There was so much complexity to the ingredients and execution that I find it difficult to recount here. Each ingredient of each dish was perfect. The composition of all the dishes was thoughtful and unique. And the service was world-class in a non-pretentious way.Servers rotate with courses to create an orchestral social flow to the evening. Though I was dining alone, I felt as though I was had several conversations going through the course of the evening. If there was any "miss" I'd say the ice cream with mushrooms. That dish didn't know whether it was a dessert or a savory item.
Highly recommend stopping by. All my friends love ATOMIX New York
5/5 by Max D
Don’t take my word, Condé Nast also says so as it’s ranked highest in NYC. Outside looks like residential apartment building but if you blink, you would miss the small sign with the restaurant name. I came a bit early and was not let in. Most ppl come late. I would just come exactly on time for best bet. I was greeted by many ppl and finally someone took me to my seat downstairs. It’s quite impressive how they transformed the apartment into a chic two floor loft. Just the renovations and interior decor by themselves warrant some high marks. I was really blown away by the interior and its beauty. Some customers dress up while others are quite casual. I was complimented for my cap which was a surprise because most fancy restaurants would force me to take it off. I won’t go back to those places. The chair is so comfy and kind of loungy which is what I like. The servers are quite chatty and even the manager is quite friendly. You can also tell the chef really enjoys cooking because each dish is introduced with a card with description of food inspiration, history, and ingredients. From the first dish to the last, I was thoroughly impressed. This felt like what Chef’s Table used to be but with more an Asian flair. Sadly, they are no longer as good for now. After having tried all the 3-Michelin starred restaurants in NYC (And some 2-starred ones) I think I can safely say this is the best in NYC if not one of the best. The thing is, I can’t imagine any other restaurant with this kind of space. It's so Zen. Some would complain it’s too expensive but all the triple Michelin starred places in NYC are expensive. Not to say you can’t get a great meal without breaking the bank but I think you will lose the service and nice ambiance. I honestly, want to go back here many times because I like the ambiance. Prolly only thing missing is a fountain with running water which they can put in front of the counter. My only complaint is every now and then, someone calls “Service” and all the servers would be chanting and serving the food. Feels a bit weird to me lol. Had like a factory or military vibe but hey, nothing’s perfect to everyone.
Went to celebrate our anniversary.
Phenomenal experience! Well deserved hospitality award. Friendly, personable- made you feel like you can connect with the staff. Food was hands down one of the best- enjoyed pretty much everything. Wine pairing is a must. The sommelier did an incredible job. Definitely our favorite dinner experience by far. We will definitely be back!
This review is for the SP22 menu.
It was our third time back at Atomix and it was hands-down the most impressive meal I've ever had. There are too many dishes to discuss them individually, but the standouts were the kalguksu and the nurungi. The desserts were phenomenal as well. More so than any other time we've been to Atomix, this menu felt so true to its Korean roots. It is always so disappointing when I go to a modern/fusion Korean restaurant but the menu seems merely Korean-inspired. Here, each dish was clearly paying tribute to traditional Korean dishes and flavors. Everything tasted familiar and nostalgic, reminding me of the food that I grew up with but presented in a new and unique way. At its heart, it was Korean food, just elevated with French techniques and influences.The service was phenomenal as always. It was a bit disappointing that they raised their prices, but the economy is tough right now and it is still worth the visit. We ate this meal back in May and I still think about it months later. We cannot wait to come back!
I am really disappointed to be writing a disappointing
I am really disappointed to be writing a disappointing review. I was looking forward to trying this restaurant for so long given the hype and the ties it had to one of my favorites - Jungsik. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the way it is set up is fantastic. The service was great and the entire staff was so kind and gracious. My main gripe, and what I typically care about when I go to a restaurant, was with the food. The food was very subpar. There was only one dish that I would have considered a bite that I would consider memorable which is unfortunate because that is something you would expect at a restaurant with this price tag and popularity. They served us sea cucumber, potato pancakes, and I can't remember the rest because again, it was so non-memorable. However I do have to blame the seasonal menu. Based on the pictures on yelp - I would have enjoyed the other seasons more. Other menus had wagyu beef, langoustine tartar, etc etc which are dishes that to me, are things I would have been expecting. While I think this restaurant is probably great, the menu they had on July 29th, was not something I would call tier A. It was probably one of the more mediocre upscale tastings I've had in my food career. I would give this restaurant another shot but I would have to wait for the menu to change. It is unfortunate how far in advance you have to book because you can't really choose exactly what menu you get to try.
I think much of the hype behind Atomix stems from the
I think much of the hype behind Atomix stems from the belief that most of the 2-star & 3-star restaurants in NYC feel extremely dated compared to what many 1-stars are doing.Now is the hype justified? I'm torn. I'd give the July 2022 menu 3.5 stars while the service/experience 5+ stars.The meal didn't start for me until the third course: red pepper noodles, jellyfish, and pine nut milk. The pine nut milk was sweet and excellent, pairing well with the unique textures of the jellyfish and noodles. The starters and courses that came beforehand were very safe.The other course I enjoyed was the sea cucumber, jidan sauce, and fermented tofu rice. It was a very nostalgic dish for me, and I'm always a fan of unique and native ingredients.The rest of the menu was somewhat whelming. I've had my fair share of tasting menus and have had better experiences in terms of the proportion of courses I've enjoyed. Ultimately, I felt like I was left wanting more.I feel bad giving this less than a 5-star rating because the people were SO nice and the whole experience was lovely. It's the full experience that I enjoy, and that goes for everywhere I eat at. I will definitely revisit Atomix since this current menu seems weaker than their previous ones.
Dining here was an unforgettable experience unlike any
Dining here was an unforgettable experience unlike any other. If you're looking for something truly special for a night out in NYC, this restaurant will 100% blow you away on both the food (taste AND presentation!) as well as the service. This is a multi-course meal designed around seasonal ingredients, complete with chef written narratives and artwork accompanying each dish. Every course was constructed with a unique point of view and an element of creative artistry. The menu includes a lot of seafood, but they do make modifications to align with your preferences. I recommend going for the wine pairing as well -- the delightful conversations we had with the sommelier about the wines were a major bonus on the whole experience.
Dining at Atomix was truly a wonderful experience.
There is a reason why it is on the World's 50 Best Restaurants. First and foremost, each dish was beautifully created and I enjoyed every bite. Each dish came with a card that explains the story behind the dish and ingredients. I loved how the Atomix team explained that the course was inspired from their recent trip to Peru and how they were able to incorporate several ingredients and flavors from their visit. Second, the service was beyond great. I felt comfortable and the servers were attentive but not overbearing. They explained each dish perfectly and recommended us drinks that would suit our preferences.Overall, Atomix is a great restaurant to try out. It is definitely pricey, but worth the food, quality and experience. Note that reservations open the first of every month at 3 pm ET. It was quite difficult to get a reservation as some time slots were already booked right when it opened. However, I was lucky enough to book a reservation.
They're definitely buzzy among the fine dining food scene
They're definitely buzzy among the fine dining food scene among the world with so many recognitions for a reason! It's also one of the hardest reservation to grab. The hospitality team is one of the best I've ever come across, all super personable, attention to detailed, accomodating, and prompt. I honestly mentioned to them that one dish out of the many course we had fell short... but Atomix never recreates a dish like other restaurants and always has to be creatively challenged every time with every single dish when rotating out their menus and that's impressive and hard on its own. The uniqueness, quality and talent is shows through for sure. Majority of the dishes really took my partner and I away to a happy food haven with their Korean takes but in a gastronomic elevated aspect. It easily became my top 3 Michelin meal here in NYC! I can't wait to go back and try their bar room tasting with their cocktails. Also love the story-telling through the servers and the cards they give! & The wine pairing? -FANTASTICALLY PAIRED.
Great food but some dishes didn't completely wow me as I
Great food but some dishes didn't completely wow me as I expected. Interesting flavors for sure. Dessert was probably my favorite course. Loved the decor, ambiance and experience tho! I honestly would give 4.5 based off food alone but the hospitality was so spectacular that I feel like it for sure deserves a 5! They give little cards so you can read about the inspiration of each dish and what's in every dish. Was very difficult getting a reservation here compared to other 2 Michelin star restaurants.
This is a review for the bar menu.
I was a bit unsure as I came into this experience. Atomic certainty has earned all the accolades and awards it has amassed. The almost too perfect interior and staff could be a bit alienating. Everything is clean. Everything is refined. The speakeasy club vibe of it is very appealing if you want an exclusive experience. That being said, I think older patrons may find it too young and hip. When you sit at the bar it is almost like eating with friends. This space was at one point an apartment. Now it's a posh upscale restaurant. Downstairs is the main dinning room. Upstairs is the simple bar space. The chef who runs this meal is on the verge of great things. The bartender who runs the pairing is a brilliant mind. All courses work beautifully together. Trust the experience. It will be different for everyone, as it is ever changing. But trust it will be amazing. If you ain't want to talk to the staff or the chef or the bartender this may not be for you. You also may complain I am not full after the modest nine course meal. But everything is cooked with care and every drink is considered. If you can get in give it a try.
Amazing experience worth the price of admission.
Atomix is very intimate, and from the outside it's hard to even tell it's a restaurant. After entering the stylish bar/lounge area we were led downstairs into the minimalistic yet refined dining room. The counter wraps around the kitchen, with seats for less than 20 lucky diners, hence why reservations are hard to come by. That and their recent spot at 43 of the worlds 50 best restaurants. Everyone eats at the same time; plates are marched out with precision by a disciplined team who each carry 2 dishes. The dishes are explained beforehand via post cards with a beautiful image on one side and a very detailed description of where Chef gets his inspiration from as well as a very detailed ingredient list on the other. The post cards are placed image side up and the excitement of turning over the card to read the details is like checking your cards in texas hold'em. Dishes are again explained when they are place in front of you. The food is amazing, I don't want to go into too much detail because restaurants like Atomix have menus that change rapidly due to seasons. The only thing better and more interesting than the food, was the amazing, personalized, down to earth service we received from the amazing staff. No stuffiness whatsoever and once we started talking about food the staff began to debate each other which other restaurants were best and also gave us a long list of restaurants to try for out Flushing visit the next day.