Haenyeo comes from Jenny Kwak, the former owner (with her mother) of the now closed Do Hwa in the West Village, which helped expose Western palates to Korean food beyond the Seoul-centric enclave of restaurants in K-Town. The name Haenyeo translates to “sea women” and honors the legendary female divers from Jeju Island, South Korea who harvested seafood and seaweed.
Fish and assorted seafood dominate the menu, with innovative touches, such as grilled oysters topped with seaweed butter and brioche toast, or a chorizo-covered rice cake. Sugar-dusted beignets are a signature dessert.
Haenyeo is now open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Brunch and lunch will be added soon.
Grilled oysters seaweed butter, brioche toast; haenyeo bouillabaisse, clams, mussels, shrimp, sea urchin; boneless beef short rib barbecue, ssam, lettuce wraps; sugar dusted beignets
The Squid & the Whale cockatil made with mizu lemongrass shochu, sesame oil and egg white.