Excellent experience! We did the 3 course menu with wine pairing. We got 3 glasses of wine, which were very good. I highly recommend the crispy rice. The portions are generous.
February 15, 2024
Really really nice food. I LOVED the Sea Urchin, Nori puree, ikura, cured egg yolk with truffle! The mango bread pudding dessert was pretty amazing too.
February 13, 2024
I kinda understand why it’s a Michelin recommended place, but I won’t say a must. Tasty overall but something can be improved. One visit is fine if you are around the area. The air inside restaurant was humid and sticky, the smell of oil and food was around. It was uncomfortable for me as I’m sensitive to smells. We came for restaurant week, everything was on regular menu which was fair! For appetizers, I recommend 🦀king crab noodles and 🐟Hamachi. - 🐟Hamachi was bounteous, an outstanding dish layered several ingredients to bring the taste of the fish out. This was the one hit the Michelin standard for me tonight. - 🦀The taste of the crab noodles was balanced, and noodles were chewy. - Yuzu bacon pasta was interesting. Pasta was good, also cooked nicely. But the taste was strong, some bites were too salty and sometimes it was too sour. For main dishes, delicious but nothing special or impressive..! It surprised me tbh.. since I was really excited. - To pick the best one, I’ll say urchin rice. It’s a rich seafood dish but not necessary about the truffle on the top. - Truffle donabe was plain. Mushroom tastes were too strong, nothing remain. - And for the short rib, small portion with only 2 slice of meat. Slightly dry. Taste was mild which was kinda flavorless. Last, desserts, fair. Three of us preferred one of each which was funny. - Mango bread pudding was my pick overall. The crunchy texture was a highlight. But really small slice. (Wondering if this was a “restaurant week” thing, serving smaller portions.) - Yuzu panna cotta.. couldn’t taste the yuzu at all. Raspberry sauce was just tooooo strong. It might be better just take it out or switch to yuzu jam/ glaze. - Matcha tiramisu, fair. Smooth mousse but slightly dried cake slices in the middle.
February 5, 2024
Every dish we ordered was absolutely stunning. My tongue was dancing with how good the food was. We ordered: - yuzu bacon rose pasta (cooked perfectly al dente) - cod (buttery lobster riostto with the softest melt in your mouth cod) - ribeye (perfectly cooked steak with much needed veggies) - truffle donabe added short rib (so much mushroom flavor, i love) I will definitely be back!!
January 8, 2024
Finding a peaceful and cozy spot in K-town can be a challenge, but this restaurant is a delightful exception. The crispy rice stands out with its balanced and rich flavor, while the shrimp ceviche, though a bit too acidic for my taste, carries an authentic Korean flavor. The truffle donabe is a highlight, offering the original tastes of beef and truffle without overwhelming seasoning. The sea urchin rice is somewhat ordinary. Overall, I really enjoy this place!
December 31, 2023
Highly Recommended!!! I love this place. I went to Hortus with my husband and 3 years old son and had a great time! We had been here 3 times and we ordered truffle donabe which is my favorite, king crab noodles, steaks, yuzu bacon pasta, crispy rice and desserts. All of them was just so good. I want to take my mom here I think she will love it too. Staffs were super nice and my son loved the Ice cream ♥️ I highly recommend this place!
December 29, 2023
Nice Asian Fusion restaurant in NoMad. This is a great place for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner if you'd like something a bit non-traditional. We ordered their Thanksgiving special menu, which builds off from their regular menu dishes. It comes with a seafood platter having chilled lobster, tuna tataki and shrimp cocktail, truffle ribeye-cap with portabello mushrooms, and a thanksgiving dessert. For appetizer, the grilled eggplant and hortus salad were quite good. The salad comes with fried calamari, which is why we order it. For mains, the ribeye steak was great. It came in a large serving with a small side of salad and sweet potato. The truffle donabe was also very tasty, especially with short rib as an addon. The place has two floors and the ambience is quite nice.
December 1, 2023
Too good for a bar food. Amazing for a quick bite. And wonderful for a wine night. They have some really balanced fusion dishes, paired extremely well with most wines on their list. Chef is innovative and respectful of the dishes’ Korean origin but very versatile in matching seasonal materials.
November 15, 2023
Highly recommend for brunch. $55 for prix fixe and all you can drink is just a great deal. The food throughout was elevated and made good on the promise of brunch food with an Asian twist that is a risky promise. Interior was kind of a weird vibe especially entering and wish they had bigger tables but will definitely be back here. The mochi pancakes with kimchi jam and the poached egg were particular stand outs. Had 5 cocktails for $25.
October 22, 2023
Service was spectacular, food was delicious. Our waitress was an expert at cuisine and gave amazing recommendations. I got the Cod risotto and it was delicious!
October 3, 2023
Super chic modern Asian Fusion but be aware, walked two (short) flights up to dine. That was a little off putting especially with bags but once you reach the dining area, you're welcomed with warm and cozy lighting, plush seating and chic decor. Bathrooms hidden behind two ultra long curtains. Food was excellent - every dish was delicious on their three course tasting menu. I recommend the Hamachi and the Truffle Donabe with the short rib supplement. So rich and tasty this dish, savory indeed. For a second entree idea, the Cod with lobster Risotto was very good but a bit heavy. If you don't mind, it'll fill you up for sure. Dessert choices were okay but you're not here for that.
September 26, 2023
Excellent and creative food. This place is not for traditional Chinese food, but asian fusion. Very suitable for friends and families to enjoy something different and get inspired for more Morden cooking.
September 13, 2023
Went during restaurant week ($60 dinner/person). The food was a lovely surprise. We were given an extra along with our appetizers--it was a tiny ice cream cone with some kind of seafood mayo salad topped with fish eggs. It was extremely delicious. Serving size was decent for a course meal, and the food was nicely presented. Service was caring and not too slow with refills on water or coming back with food. The employees are not always present on the second floor, but regularly come in so it is fine. Overall, the food was delicious and the service was good. Definitely try coming here. Recommendations: Crispy rice - savory and easy to share Yuzu Bacon Rose Pasta - on the sweeter end, but tasted amazing King Crab Noodle - well-spiced and a favorite! Yuzu Panna Cotta - tart and refreshing Critiques: - Matcha tiramisu's ladyfingers were oversoaked - Hortus salad had bitter accents which was not that appreciated - "Cod" dish was heavy. Would have rather had the risotto and cod separately, and would have also liked it more brightened (such as with acidity) - More on the cod: those who are texture-sensitive to mushy food will not fare well with it - Everyone felt that the appetizers were better/more worth the money than the mains - Lighting upstairs should be improved for when it gets dark outside (took 1 star off of atmosphere for how dim it got)
August 17, 2023
Fluke Korean style ceviche taste good, a little too sour for me. Welcome dish make me Wonder sesame as decoration could it confuses as food. Truffle Donabe is good. But short rib is not good
August 2, 2023
Convenient location for after work get together. Love the chic interior. Food and cocktails were also delicious. Pear affair cocktail, not too sweet, the ultimate compliment. The pasta was the one item that failed to impress. Nothing special to me. The truffle with Short rib was a unami flavor bomb. So good!!
June 30, 2023
Although I haven't had their full menu, yet the food was well prepared with pleasing results in taste. The service was very attentive to assure choice in menu and time. Yes, the restaurant has dark decor. But I'm going on exclusivity, due to the number of attending guests for the dinner portion, which was in great number. Those who know about this place share the location among people in peaceful circles. I'm looking forward to returning to taste what their menu has to offer.
June 13, 2023
The ambiance is impeccable, the oysters are delightfully fresh, and the truffle donabe is incredibly delicious. Furthermore, the steak is cooked to perfection
June 7, 2023
A very good and creative experience. We tried many appetizers and a couple of mains, everything was good to very good. The Hamachi was my favorite! The drinks were also very interesting and flavorful. If you are looking for something different, with nothing too wild or "over the top", I recommend Hortus (they have an exceptional staff too!)
June 7, 2023
When I first walked in to Hortus, I wasn't expecting a whole lot. However, immediately upon ordering I was blown away. Everything we ordered was fabulous and the waitress was... read more
Our second time here and fantastic both times! We love the crispy octopus, some of the best we've ever had! The king crab noodles are also delicious! We got the... read more
I went in expecting a lot cus I've had friends go and rave about it
Went and service was okay and so was the food
Got the duck cus I saw a... read more
I came here with my boyfriend for his birthday for dinner. We ordered the $50 prix fixe dinner which comes with a choice of appetizer and main.
For the appetizer,... read more
Food and drinks were amazing! Highly recommend getting the truffle donabe with steak and the king crab noodles
We stopped in hoping for some extremely tasty food, since this establishment had listed "Michelin" on its door. When you first walked in, you see a bar area and an... read more
Tasting menu gives you the experience and you don't have to think about it.
I would come back for the sea urchin donnabe. If this dish doesn't excite you, check... read more
Came for restaurant week 2022.
Everything is good except the salmon is really bland serve with skin but it's not crispy, makes it very chewy and unable to eat.
The... read more
Host accepts guests with reservations only even though the restaurant is empty. There is no mention on the website stating walk ins are not welcome.
We made a reservation on the... read more
*Summer 2022 Restaurant Week review*
Decided to stop by to try out their restaurant week menu as I've been meaning to try their food anyways but the overall experience was just... read more
Had Hortus bookmarked for the longest time and finally made it here for my anniversary last month! I made RSVP for 8pm and we were able to sit a little... read more
Came here on a Friday evening and ordered a small Royal Platter, Crispy Octopus, Sea Urchin Donabe, and Matcha Tiramisu.
I was happy with most items, but was so disappointed with... read more
We went there for restaurant week and the menus were amazing!
We had octopus/pastas as appetizers, hanger steak/ sea urchin rice / ribeye as main menus. Desserts were also awesome-... read more
Had a very nice business lunch at HORTUS a few weeks back. All dishes were delicious and service was great. Wasn't very crowded at lunch despite being a great meal.... read more
Came here during restaurant week to try because their review in yelp is very good. In fact, food is not very impressive. We tried many modern Korean restaurants which... read more
We came here for lunch in a Saturday to order from the Restaurant Week menu. The host and waiter were very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself was clean and... read more
An amazing NYC restaurant week menu! Thank you to all the reviewers who mentioned the spicy pork ribs and the king crab noodle- they were truly unique and delicious and... read more