Begin at the bar
Diners’ experience of a 10-course tasting menu, prepared by Junghyun “J.P.” Park, begins at the first-level bar, a subdued, moody space that draws you into the mystique of Atomix.
Banquettes for the win
The bar area feels contemporary/sophisticated with its varied textures, muted tones and raw materials. The sunken five-seat granite bar faces custom-designed banquettes.
Let’s go downstairs
After getting acclimated (and having one of the next-level cocktails created by bartenders Jesse Vida (Black Tail) and Samantha Casuga (Dead Rabbit), guests are shepherded down a staircase into a lounge area.
The ultra-modern lounge features modular sofas by designer Karim Rashid and drift-bench seating by designer Amanda Levete. The tasting menu begins with two snacks, served here.
Down to the dining room
The lower level dining room is softly illuminated by sky lights and lamps from Apparatus.
The chef’s counter, where Park puts on his show, is lit by industrial track lighting from Flos, providing a juxtaposition to the softer gray tones found throughout the restaurant.
The soft-yet-dramatic design of Atomix serves as a backdrop for the tasting menu. Upon opening, menu highlights included GUK (burdock root, eomuk, baby corn and maesil), TWIGIM (langoustine, chopi, nasturtium and anise hyssop) and JEON (golden eye snapper, jinjang and mustard).
The Parks sought out partnerships with prominent Korean ceramic companies and individual artists to curate the plateware and serving vessels.
Choose your chopstick
Guests can choose their own set of chopsticks for the meal from a special customized case by Mono Collection. Each set features unique designs from Korean artists like Kyungmin Yu and Guirae Park.
Libations showcase a blend of classic and new styles, including the Dangun with Macchu Pisco, rich sesame leaf syrup, lemon and egg and the Samioko with Cabrito Blanco tequila, Fidencio mezcal, grapefruit, lemon and honey.
Texture and color
While the décor is decidedly minimalist, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for embellishment, seen in textiles here.