"Her Name is Han looks like a 'modern' Korean restaurant, or whatever we’re calling minimalistic design, rustic tables, and Pinterest-ready bowls these days, and the menu is bound and extremely long, partly because every page explains its menu with big photos. But the food is….really, really comforting? And the portion sizes are normal! Like, you order an appetizer and an entree, and then you are really full — that kind of normal. Service starts with generous helpings of banchan, including a fragrant shiitake mushroom one with a smattering of green onions that was very addictive. We ordered fried bulgogi, which came out as one big piece that tore aport into tender bites with crisp, charred edges. A baby octopus appetizer looked like it might be difficult to chew but was actually quite delicate, with a lovely sweet vinegar dressing. Everything we ate was not just good but winners. The space felt trendyish, but the food felt homey, and I already want to go back to tackle the rest of that long menu." — Serena Daimi.
August 20th, 2016
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"Opened last year and a relative upstart, this sleeper spot on 31st Street is immensely creative. Take, for example, their non-traditional bibimbap, made with farro instead of white rice and topped with seasoned vegetables and a delicious homemade ssamjang (fermented soy bean sauce). The vibe feels like you walked into a hip little restaurant in Hongdae in Seoul." — Matt Rodbard
March 6th, 2016
"Sometimes, when we discover a great new restaurant, we like to imagine ourselves as old Hollywood agents who’ve just discovered new talent.
“Barry!” we’d say in that old very pronounced way they talk in old movies, probably while smoking a cigar. “I found a star.”
Today, that star is Her Name Is Han. And for right now, you’re going to be Barry. (Sorry about that.)
Her Name Is Han has a lot of star potential. First, a great name – the perfect trifecta of memorable, unusual, and fun to say. Second, a great look – the place looks like something between a library, an East Village apartment, and a movie studio. It totally works. Third, and most important, both the food and the overall vibe are excellent, and unlike that of any others we’ve found in New York...." — Hillary Reinsberg
November 16th, 2015