Food and drink
Items like tender steamed pork belly buns, tangy kimchi (delicious), and wonderfully crispy duck are among the dishes that you may find on other Korean menus but are completely on another level here both in terms of quality, and price. Vegetarians beware, the emphasis is on pork and offal, and keep room for dessert at the Milk Bar next door—Chang’s standouts include a chocolate malt cake with malt fudge and charred marshmallows.
The word is out and you get the sense that it’s a happening spot the moment you walk in, with beautiful New Yorkers and fellow chefs bellying up to the long bar with stools (almost tapas style) and at the small tables.
Servers are friendly but sometimes harried as it is quite busy here, so have your menu questions in mind before they dash up to your table.
On the fringe of the East Village and a short walk to Union Square, this spot epitomises how this neighbourhood of New York is becoming a culinary hot spot.
It’s not cheap, entrees are from US$15 and a three-course meal without wine is about US$35 per person.
Tables to book
The restaurant doesn’t take reservations so you will have to take what the server gives you—nonetheless most of the tables are about the same.
- People watching