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$55  + Tax/Tip
Tue, 11/2
5:45 PM & 8:00 PM
East Village


5-Course Inventive Korean Dinner Event

Ever been to pocha, otherwise known as a Korean-American drinking place? If not, now’s the time. Nowon, whose name derives from the residential district of Seoul where Chef Jae Lee hails from, opened in the East Village in late 2019. Here, Chef Lee, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight and worked his way up in the restaurant world to become executive chef at 50 Bowery Hotel and its accompanying restaurant Rice & Gold, offers iconic Korean soul food like Spam egg rolls, honey butter tater tots, his celebrated kimchi burger, chopped cheese rice cakes, and a jjajang clam dish that is a testimony to his wok wizardry. The Gothamist raves that Chef Lee’s “expanded repertoire matches the glory that is his bar food.” You’ll also love Nowon’s awesome mural by downtown artist Razo that dominates the room. It portrays Lee's grandfather, a Marine General in the South Korean Navy who is reimagined as an ancient warrior and commander of a turtle ship. Throw in some pulsating Korean hip-hop music, and you will find that Nowon is a very special experience.

About the Host:

Jae lee
Jae Lee

Executive Chef/Owner

A native of Seoul, Chef Lee is a graduate of New York City University's school of hospitality management. Prior to striking out on his own with Nowon, he cut his teeth at Tribeca Canvas, Zuma, Momosan Ramen & Sake (under renowned Chef Masahuru Morimoto), and, most recently, Rice & Gold (under Chef Dale Talde). Shortly after opening Nowon in late 2019, he was awarded StarChefs' "Rising Star Chef: New York" Award for 2020.

The Lineup

Each course will be plated individually.

  1. Spicy Cucumber Salad

    with tomatoes, soy garlic vinegar, tahini tofu, thai chili, crispy shallots, and peanuts

  2. Roasted Kimchi Burrata

    with basil, housemade chili oil, and toasted sourdough

  3. Cured Mackerel Kimbap

    with perilla, pickled daikon, cucumber, and soy pickled jalapeño

  4. Big Bird Bun

    double fried chicken thigh with honey butter tots, sesame mayo, soy pickled jalapeño, cilantro, peanuts, lettuce, and potato bun

  5. Black Sesame Crème Brûlée

    with strawberries


507 East 6th Street

New York, NY 10009

Event FAQs

Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
No tickets are needed.
What does the ticket price cover?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
What must I bring to the event?
Please make sure to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination (refer to the "what qualifies as valid proof of vaccination" question below for more info on this) and a government-issued photo ID. Additionally, if you plan on purchasing beverages during the event, make sure to bring cash.
Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $75 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member and all guests must also present proof of full vaccination upon arrival at the event in order to gain entry.
Which dietary restrictions/food allergies cannot be accommodated at this event?
The chef will be unable to accommodate attendees with dairy and gluten restrictions at this event. For other allergies or special diets, please make sure to Update Your Dietary Restrictions within your Account Info as soon as possible after purchasing tickets, or email us at [email protected]
What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who fail to present proof of full vaccination upon arrival, and/or have not paid the guest ticket surcharge, will not be allowed entry.
What qualifies as valid proof of vaccination?
To verify that you are fully vaccinated, and gain entry to the event, you must present to our event lead any one of the following forms of proof: your original physical vaccination card, a clearly legible photo of your original vaccination card, the CLEAR Health Pass App, the Excelsior Pass, or the NYC COVID Safe App. Please note, you will be only be considered “fully vaccinated” if it has been at least 14 days since you've received either (a) a second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or (b) a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More questions about this? Check out our COVID-19-Related Event Requirements.
Will this event be hosted indoors or outdoors?
This event will be hosted indoors, as we will be taking over the entire restaurant for it. The restaurant will be closed to the public, and only fully vaccinated attendees will be allowed entry.

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