Mokbar Owner Debuts Korean Gastropub ‘Ms. Yoo’ on Allen Street

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

After months of construction, Mokbar chef Esther Choi just opened her newest establishment on Allen Street called Ms. Yoo. Branded canopy and signage had been in place for the last couple weeks.

Named after the grandmother who taught her how to cook, Ms. Yoo is described in PR babble as a “Korean take on an American food driven cocktail bar.” That means menu choices like Asian-inspired hot dog and hamburger, Korean Fried Feet, and sesame chile powder and K-Pop Shrimp.

Also, according to the official Instagram account, the restaurant interior is designed by nightlife veteran Steve Lewis.

163 Allen Street was previously home to People Kitchen & Lounge, which occupied the space for more than a dozen years until its closure in April 2016. The watering hole debuted in 2003 before the hyper-gentrification of the area really took hold. The “Kitchen” aspect of the business didn’t happen until nine years later.

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