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Bacon Beguiles in Belly's 9-Course Brooklyn Omakase

Bacon Beguiles in Belly's 9-Course Brooklyn Omakase

I initially accepted the invite to try the Brooklyn restaurant Belly’s “Bacon Omakase” tasting menu for my husband’s sake. For most red-blooded, carnivorous males, bacon is the holy grail of pork, a salty, gamey way into their souls.

To my surprise, the experience completely changed the way I think of bacon.

The bacon carpaccio was white, first of all, and gave the appearance of thinly sliced fish, but no doubt about it, what we were eating was house-cured pork belly dressed with truffle oil, Himalayan pink sea salt, black pepper, and shaved Parmesan.

Next to blow my mind was the bacon sushi, also deceptive in its coloring but still that exact same sliced pork belly torched and dotted with wasabi and Sichuan chili oil over sushi rice.

Before we could put our chopsticks down, we used them to twirl the “Pasta alla Belly” — house-made spaghetti and pork sausage in signature creamy kimchi sauce with pickled red onions.

The meal continues from there until your passion for the porcine is thoroughly satiated. Though the experience is meant to be fun and experimental, there is serious culinary technique applied to each course. The finale, the Hurricane Doughnut, is a Korean doughnut glazed with sweet kimchi icing sprinkled with chives and sesame seeds, served with a dollop of secret “smoky” whipped cream redolent of bacon fat.

So where did the inspiration for this bacon-fest come from?

It actually started as a series of laid-back, bacon-centric Korean dinners that advertising executive Phillip Cho and his longtime partner, Anna Lee, used to stage for their pork-obsessed friends, featuring quirky riffs on traditional Korean home cooking and comfort food they grew up eating.

The group soon realized that they were onto something, and numerous brainstorming sessions later, Belly was born.

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Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


Korean BBQ is one of the best ways to share a meal with friends. The only downside? If you want to go out after you typically smell like a meat grill from a mile away. Now there’s a new Korean BBQ destination called Dons Bogam Black in NYC that avoids pesky odors by using hi-tech mobile grills which are placed alongside your table inside instead of on top of it. It’s the sister property of the already popular Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar in Koreatown.

The space is sleek and spacious, you can actually sit here comfortably with a large group. Additionally, the high ceilings help the restaurant feel airy. This 5 th Avenue restaurant fits 200 (plus 40 more at the bar) in a 4,000-sqaure-foot space.

Are you the type of person who has a hard time deciding on one appetizer? Try their jeon sampler which serves up delightfully fried seafood, beef, Korean scallion and kimchi pancakes. Their Japchae is luscious and delicious, and should not be missed. For the grill, the restaurant prides itself on serving Washugyu, which is a crossbreed of Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus. Their galbi is also extra tasty. All meats are served with an array of banchan and sauces. At Dons Bogam Black you can also have seafood stews, bibimbap and grilling cheese for vegetarians.

Dons Bogam Black also has an extensive drinks menu featuring Korean beer, soju, wine and cocktails. Their Ginger Kiss cocktail is made with bourbon, canton, and of course, ginger, and has a nice mellow spice to it. Their Black’s Lair cocktail is made with Tequila, lime and jalapeño. If you’re feeling peckish late night, Dons Bogam Black serves great bar food and drinks until 2 am. Their Fried Butterfly Shrimp or Bulgogi Burger are a delicious way to cap off a drink-filled evening.

Appetizers range from $10 to $30, while mains go from $14 for stews to $90 for the Washagyu beef for the grill.

Open since November 7, you should make a Korean BBQ night part of your weekend plans.

Words by: Rana Good


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