Bringing the Hamptons experience to Manhattan!
Born and raised in a small South Korean town, Franco Lee dreamt of being a chef since he was 19 years old. To work towards that goal, Franco worked six to seven days a week for many years, often afflicted with battle wounds from knives to grill marks on his arm.
Franco’s journey from dishwasher to executive chef was demanding, to say the least. His initiation into the restaurant industry as a dishwasher required balancing work with school, as he simultaneously studied Philosophy at a nearby state university. Managing time for both work and school was difficult, but Franco never lost his passion. He was promoted to line cook, and his dynamic experiences in the kitchen motivated him to enroll and study at the French Culinary Institute for its culinary arts program. Franco drastically improved his culinary skills as well as his ability to lead the kitchen, ultimately leading to his appointment as executive chef of NeueHouse.
Chefs Morimoto, Marcus Samuelson, Amanda Freitag – these three prestigious chefs in New York deeply influenced Franco and helped him develop a real flair for cooking, while their enthusiasm encouraged him to be a proud chef full of passion. Chef Ariki Omae, a mentor from past to present, also played a significant role in Franco’s mindset as a chef; he had the most influence on Franco’s philosophy to respect each and every ingredient and to allow the imagination of a passionate chef to fully express itself on the plate.
RESERVATION NUMBER: 212.229.2226
Pretty nice and laid back restaurant with a bar in the city. Their happy hour is awesome! Love the simple decor which resembles the Hamptons. It feels like being in Long Island but you're not. Go for the Spicy Seafood Flatbread for appetizer! There is a lot of Korean influence to the dishes as well, which makes this place even more unique. The scallion pancake is delicious too. For entree, we tried the Short Rib Papardelle. Loved the textures & flavors of this dish. It was a bit sweeter than I'd prefer but it was still good. The Seafood Pasta was also very yummy too!
Outstanding restaurant. The ambience is perfect for both an intimate date or a group dinner. They have a long bar that makes excellent cocktails, food is really fresh, service was great. It's cool that they rotate craft beers and offer raw oyster happy hours... Looks like I found a new go to spot in flatiron 🙂
I came here on a Friday night with a party of 5. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the great ambiance it had. Super chill and relaxing. Felt like I was back in Long Island again 🙂 The waiter was very helpful in recommending some dishes to us. Please note, the lobster roll is AMAZING! It's not your dingy roll you get from Luke's or red hook. This thing has meat! It's a definite must when you go there. The appetizer selection was pretty good as well. Experience here was great. Food was on point and to top it off, the waiter brought over complimentary dessert shots for us at the end. Will definitely be going back soon.
My rating is based on service and food. The hostess was awesome. She was so accommodating which really helped because I needed to set up a small baby sprinkle. The happy hour $1 oyster added the icing to the cake. The fried oyster is a must to get. All of my friends were generally impressed with the food. Great (Food+Service+Company) = 5 stars. I am definitely going to plan another group celebratory event here.
As a Long Island native, this restaurant's name immediately caught my eye. The food is absolutely phenomenal. I had the seafood paella and it was easily the best I've ever had. Drinks were also very good - the Flatiron Mule was a refreshing cross between a mule and mojito. Overall, wonderful food coupled with great ambience and service. Will definitely stop by again!