contemporary korean food for a pre or post show dinner

It’s not often I find myself scrambling for food options in the depths of Midtown. But that’s because I don’t put myself in situations where I need to cover a meal in that geographic vicinity. Sure there are plenty of objectively good restaurants by reputable restaurant groups within a few blocks of Times Square if you know where you’re going, but let’s be real, the exciting stuff is not here. Unless you are a tourist (in which case, by all means, please go ahead), there’s truly only one acceptable excuse to put yourself in that situation and that is theater. If you are headed to a show, you will be needing some dinner, and even though dinner isn’t the main event, you shouldn’t settle. And to all our benefit, Danji is not settling.

Among endless blocks of forgettable restaurants and ostentatious tourist traps, Danji stands out in just how inconspicuous it is. The storefront is easy to miss, and the restaurant itself is compact (though it is deeper than it seems at first sight). The food is contemporary Korean. TKTK

In terms of drinks they have a cocktails, soju, beer (incl. makgeoli) and a modest selection of wines by the bottle and glass. The service is personal and prompt, they’ll get you on your way to your show full and satisfied.

the details

Address346 W 52nd St, New York
Hours5 – 10pm Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 11pm Friday and Saturday, closed Mondays; brunch 11 – 3pm weekends only
Price$$$ – most dishes are $20-30, with some entrees 40+
Aestheticneutral, warm, industrial, intimate

good to know

Go here for: a pre-theater dinner, or post theater dinner, point is, this place is good for a midtown option

Order this: spicy rice cake, soy poached black cod, cocktails or soju

Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a leisurely meal, it’s a lot of small plates for grazing

When to come: any time you are in need of a solid midtown dinner

Getting here: take the ACE to 50th street and walk up 2 blocks to 52nd, or the 123 to 50th (a block further) or BD to 7th Ave (also just a couple blocks away)

Other things to note: 

Reservations available via OpenTable (and recommended if you’re looking for pre theater dinner times)

Last visited: December 2021

Last updated: January 2022

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