Eun Jean • Momofuku

MEET EUN JEAN

Restauranteur, Miss Toklas Co-Founder

I met Eun Jean at a Superbowl party hosted by her and her fiancé a couple of years back. She'd probably laugh if she knew how nervous I was while sitting with their ESPN and Complex editor friends, how silly I felt while commenting on Miss Info's nails, (without realizing that it was Miss Info), and how hard I tried to get one Eun Jean's famous chicken wings. Which is when someone told me that she ran things at Momofuku. Which wasn't surprising if you would've seen the reaction people had to those chicken wings. The night ended with a Giants win and karaoke.

Eun Jean's been in New York for 12 years. She's been running operations at Momofuku for six of them. She refers to David Chang as Dave. Not only does she have advice for anyone looking to go into the restaurant business, but she's started a new group called Toklas Society for Women in Food & Hospitality with the goal to create a place where women in her industry can meet and learn from each other. Read her story and if you're ever at Milk Bar, get the cake truffles, they're her favorite. —Sarah Kim

For the full archived interview, click here.

Photography: Minnow Park

GO-TO SPOTS:


EAT:

Roman's on Dekalb Avenue. Great for any occasion!

243 Dekalb Ave., BKLYN

@dinerjournal

 

Shop:

Sunrise Mart, for Asian produce, sauces and teas.

494 Broome St., NYC

@sunrisemart

 

Dance:

Radio Star in K-town. These days, I find myself in karaoke spots way more so than dance clubs.

3 W 35th St., NYC

@radiostarkaraoke

 

Think:

Biking to and from work.

 

Read:

Ft. Greene Park

Myrtle Ave. and St. Edwards St., BKLYN

@fortgreenepark

 

Take a Girl Friend:

Prospect Park Summer Stage. Pack up some meats & cheeses and celebrate the beauty of a NYC summer.

Prospect Park West and Union St. BKLYN

@prospect_park

 

Take a guy friend:

Al di La. It's my favorite date spot.

248 5th Ave., BKLYN

@aldilabrooklyn

 

Tourist attraction:

Russ & Daughters. Love the history and the food is always a slam dunk.

179 E. Houston St., NYC

@russanddaughters