Red Poke Founder To Establish New Korean Concept For Midtown

The mind behind Red Poke and Seoul Fried Chicken Company is planning to open up an all-new concept.
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A brand-new fast-casual Korean restaurant is gearing up to open in Midtown next spring.

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Ongi Korean Grill is the latest concept to arrive from founder Ray Park. Park is known as the owner of Red Poke, a popular restaurant that offers a uniquely Korean take on poke bowls, as well as the co-founder of Seoul Fried Chicken Company. Most recently, he launched Common Address in February 2022, establishing a popular and affordable coffee shop close to Lincoln Square.

Now, Park is once again gearing up to launch a brand new project and has just acquired the lease for the space at 630 Third Avenue, which is a new development from ATCO Properties & Management. The location offers an estimated 1,780 square feet of space and was previously occupied by P.F Chang’s To Go. Ongi Korean Grill will occupy the retail space on the ground floor, which is located on the corner of Third Avenue and East 41st Street, only two blocks away from Grand Central.

Ongi Korean Grill is described as a healthy fast-casual restaurant and will offer lunch and dinner, as well as to-go and delivery options. The menu is expected to feature a robust selection of freshly grilled options and daily prepared raw fish in grain, noodle, or salad bowls.

Kate Hemmerdinger Goodman, co-president of ATCO Properties and management, stated of the deal that “we are thrilled to welcome a fantastic fast-casual dining option such as ONgi to our buildings at 630 Third Avenue,” adding that “with a prime Midtown location and close proximity to Grand Central Terminal, this new offering by Red Poke will be a great amenity for our tenants and the entire neighborhood.”

Ongi Korean Grill currently anticipates an opening date of Spring 2023. While you wait, you can check out the two Red Poke restaurants currently operating in New York, and you can follow the brand on Instagram for regular updates.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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