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Ugly Kitchen

103 First Ave. (E. 7th St.) Send to Phone
212-777-6677 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sometimes the name says it all---but not in the case of Ugly Kitchen.

Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Open late

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Ugly Kitchen Restaurant Review

: Despite what its name may suggest, there is nothing unsightly about this East Village establishment. The front room is sleek and dimly lit and the place transitions seamlessly from restaurant in the evening to lounge in the wee hours, and the waitstaff is refreshingly attitude free. But it's the inventive Argentinean-Korean menu that distinguishes Ugly Kitchen. Appetizers like the spicy pork buns take a creative twist: braised pork in a sweet and spicy sauce is cushioned between a steamed bun while the "ugly" dumplings are fried to a crisp. The "ugly" rib-eye accompanied by olive oil-infused potato confit is cooked in classic Argentinean style; a chimichurri sauce complements the robust flavors of the seared steak. Pair the steak with a Malbec from Mendoza or sample a cocktail, such as the pear basil martini, a blend of pear purée, juices and vodka. In short, the well-executed food will entice you to dine, while the drinks will invite you to linger.
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