Spotlight on Barn Joo’s Owner Charles “Tiger” Chong & Executive Chef David Lee

By Linda Nguyen

“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius

Charles “Tiger” Chong

When you think of an entrepreneur, you think of a person who has the intention to fulfill ideas and aspirations. In this wonderful city of New York, you’ll realize that this is the city where dreams come alive. Charles “Tiger” Chong is an entrepreneur who came to NY nearly two decades ago with $300 received from his mother. Since coming here, he has held many hats in the business industry from working in a warehouse, wholesale store, flower delivery and much more. Since coming here, he has held many hats in the business industry from working in a warehouse, wholesale store, flower delivery and much more. Hotel Vérité owner and Barn Joo restaurateur is focused in making his business successful and hoping to expand onto other types of businesses in the future. The possibilities are endless and it would be interesting to see a one-stop shop type of business venture.

Barn Joo (893 Broadway, NY, NY 10003) is a pioneering restaurant taking on the Flatiron District with the interest of sharing Korean cuisine in a different light as compared to the restaurants in Korea Town on 32nd Street. The restaurant’s motto is “Eat, Drink, Play.” It’s a place where you can relax, have some drinks, and enjoy farm to table food. As an added bonus, there’s a performance area downstairs.

Executive Chef David Lee

Food is often the best way to share and learn about a country’s culture. The heart of a dish is the Chef’s passion to make delicious food. Executive Chef David Lee who is French culinary trained seeks to serve modernize Korean food. His interest in the arts as a former interior designer and drummer expands to the art of making good food. Barn Joo has a casual high-end concept in which food quality is of high importance and can be noted through the Chef’s visits to the farmer’s market in Union Square and handpicking ingredients for his dishes.

Here’s some food for thought:

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Berkshire Pork Belly Confit

Soy Garlic BJ Wings

Check out Barn Joo next time you’re in the Flatiron district or craving Korean food! Bon Appétit!

Charles “Tiger” Chong, Seolbin Park

Charles “Tiger” Chong with Liveband The Neon Eyes Band


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