OIJI

4.8
491 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a Korean restaurant located in East Village serving small shareable plates. Come and enjoy our refined Korean cuisine with traditional flavors.

The dining area is a total of 38 seats including the Bar, Communal Table, and Banquette Tables. Based on availability, reservations may be booked at the Communal Table.
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PK
London
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Oiji bowl was to die for.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Love all the dishes! Would definitely come back again

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated us early. Good food and service. No Pretentious NY rubbish. Authentic people and experience.

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OB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing experience wonderful food, the wine mane can be better

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My husband and I LOVED our initial experience at OIJI last year - so since we were back for a visit in NYC (from LA) - this time with my sister - we had one meal to impress her with and so we chose OIJI telling her she'd absolutely love it.

Unfortunately, it was SUCH a let down.
First of all, they no longer served the pork belly (which was half the reason we brought my sis) and also informed us that there was no uni available for the uni/sweet shrimp bowl which was the 2nd dish (after the pork belly) that my husband and I said we definitely wanted to order for my sister to try.

So, we tried new dishes this time around and the food was so disappointing from anything we had had previously. The seafood stew, the jangjorim, the spicy pork wraps - were super unimpressive, overpriced and items I'd never order again. The spicy pork was SO spicy (and we're koreans who LOVE spice) to the point where we were convinced they messed up on the measurements. Even my husband, who is a chef, said something was definitely wrong.

All in all, it was a total bust and $250 later, we vowed to never return. My sister was being polite and said she enjoyed it, but I know her like the back of my hand, and I could tell she wasn't impressed either.

Btw, this review is NOT reflective of the service. The staff was incredibly friendly, welcoming and warm. Thank you for that.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Definitely recommend this place.

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FS
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here three times. Interesting cocktails, several highly repeatable dishes: eg marrowbone, uni shrimp rice . Not a bargain but a high quality offering. Staff is very polished without appearing insincere.

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JG
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Everything was perfect. Thank you!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good stuff. Complex flavors mixing traditional with modern. Aside from the chips and ice cream that should be mandatory for dessert, highlights included:

Jang-jo-rim which comes on a bed of rich rice that I would order by the pound if they let me.

The Lobster Ramyun was reminiscent of a carbonara with chunks of knuckle and claw meat. We got it with a small dollop of caviar for fun - but not completely necessary.

Assorted Kimchi was interesting and all very flavorful.

Oxtail was beautiful and a good portion size. Almost too much after everything that preceded it (that has more to do with us over ordering than the food).

And in case you didn't see it in my first sentence - get the chips and ice cream. That is one of the best desserts in Manhattan right now.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is great but the portion of food is small

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food but nothing so outstanding that would make me go out of my way to return.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time at Oiji and the dishes still surprise me. There's nothing on the menu I wouldn't order again and the value isn't bad for the prices. Service is excellent too.

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O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner but expensive. Food and service was exceptional. Oiji Bowl was a stand out. Ssam was yummy. Highly recommend.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food at Oiji! We were lucky to get bar seats in front of Bobby who was so pleasant and helpful to us all evening.

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FL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space, the food and the quality of the cooking was phenominal! It’s our new date night restaurant!

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NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and foods are always great.
We had change in guest numbers but they worked with us.

Will go back again.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Oiji Bowl was really good. However, we love the oxtail!

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B
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was terrific, as was the service. Quaint place. We’ll be back.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been to all the best restaurants in the East Village, and there are many fine ones, including David Chang's Ko, and OIJI is the best of them all: the best food on the Lower East Side.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great little place with enthusiastic staff, great cocktails and really interesting fun food. We ate at the bar which was fine although the place was packed and my stool did get bumped. The bonus was watching the amazing bar tender, and there is an open kitchen so you can keep an eye on that from the bar too!
We chose to share dishes; there is a mix of dishes from single portions to larger dishes designed for two. They recommend 4-5 dishes for two. You could eat here solo; but in a larger group you could probably taste everything!
We loved the delicate mushroom salad, and the Ssam platter (pork and rice with condiments to wrap in lettuce leaves and eat with your hands). And the honey butter chips with ice cream for dessert is bizarrely good once you stop overthinking it!

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JM
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent. Very nice wines, too. Honestly, I wasn't sure when I first looked at the menu, but I was delightfully surprised by all the amazing tastes. (A random table of screeching people made it louder than it needed to be because everyone else had to speak loudly to hear each other. Hard to avoid that I guess.) I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I asked the sever or host to help us take a picture, who was being very inpatient took the picture when I wasn’t even ready after handing him the phone. After he finish he throws me back the phone, didn’t seem very happy.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

DOH inspection happened during dinner. But nothing was done to make our experience better. We were sympathetic but there are ways to make it up from the restaurant's behalf.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the dishes we ordered were great. service was perfect.
Very nice looking crowd. I loved this place.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar area and were given a personal waiter who was very helpful in discussing the preparation of the cuisine. The food was amazing. Textures and flavors were just out of this world. The bartender was like a scientist with some of the coolest drinks I’ve ever seen. And finished off our meal with the butter honey chips for dessert. Amazing staff and food.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere! Perfect for small groups who love interesting flavors.

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime from start to finish. Perfect every time love love love

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. It was worth the drive. Everything had such good flavor and presentation. The staff was very nice and attentive.

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e
Berlin
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming back to Ouji. Great restaurant with very tasty modern Korean cooking.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and service.

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TO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food here is really good, the fried chicken is special as were the scallops and the lobster noodles. However the tables are far too close together, literally 2 inches if that so that there’s no way to not be a voyeur on the conversations beside you. Even taking out one table on the right side would give the other tables a bit more room. Hard to imagine that the turnover of one table a night is critical to the economics of the restaurant. That jamming in of the patrons is the main demerit that brings the overall rating down. Otherwise the food is quite good.

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DD
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an amazingly sophisticated kitchen. The quality of the stocks and sauces is on the level of one of the better French restaurants. Nicely varied menu, reasonable prices, personal service - a real keeper in every respect.

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NN
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. More people = more dishes to try. Hard to pick a favorite dish because they were all so delicious. I love the depth of flavor and the heat level that surprises you in a good way. Don’t sleep on the cocktails either—the bartender takes the craft seriously. Very knowledge and friendly servers that always happened to be there for you at the right time.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place, the food is good except the lobster ramen, the butter chips is great. and the uni bowl is my favorite

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PK
London
21 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great server, great vibe. Seating was a touch tight. But loved it.

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W
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently brilliant. The food is fabulous, especially the crispy chicken and octopus dishes. Got to be some of the best kimchi in NYC!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Must try honey butter chip w/ ice cream, the best desert packed w/ flavors.

Uringi and oiji bowl was good.

Truffle seafood soup and confit, the flavor was too intense for my palates.

Janjorim was okay, intense butter flavor.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is beyond delicious! They say 2-3 dishes per person, but we always get more because it's all so good. The dessert is so different and an absolute must, even if you don't have space.

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AJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular, from the food to the service. We went specifically for the dessert (honey butter chips w. Vanilla ice cream), but our main dishes were equally delicious. And of course the dessert, it was everything we had hoped it would be.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Oiji bowl is out of this world. Really enjoyed the oxtail also. The Ssam was actually the thing that was the most disappointing... a bit overflavored... prefer the one at Momofuku.

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