Napkin Please (냅킨 플리즈)
If I were to open up my own restaurant in Seoul, I know that whatever type of food I decide to serve, I would want it to be as authentic as possible. The ambiance would be subtle, yet fancy and well thought out – attractive in design and functionality. The layout, and location would also be important. But most importantly, the food must be terrific. Napkin Please is a newly opened American restaurants in Seoul that has all of the right elements and components for a superlative dining experience, and has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat.
Located in Seorae-maeul, this charming venue has a hidden locale that many would never know about, unless obnoxious food bloggers and foodies wrote and raved about it to other people. Woe is me. But it would be shame not to share this hidden gem, which I’m sure won’t be hidden for very long. The same genius(s) behind Brooklyn The Burger Joint, opened up a new American style eatery serving up some classic and iconic entrees in America. From their menu, you’ll be able to find various Hot Dogs, Philly Cheesesteak, Sloppy Joes, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Shrimp Rolls, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and various sides like Mac and Cheese, Canadian Bacon, Buffalo Wings, and Fries.
We ordered the Philly Cheesesteak with grilled onion, green peppers, and cheese wiz (yes, actual cheese wiz), along with some Mac and Cheese and Sweet Potato Fries (with butter, grated parmesean cheese, and maple syrup). I opted for the simple Indica IPA, but was tempted to try some of their other alcohol options. I won’t say anything about the food, except that it just might be the best tasting, authentically American entrees on this side of the hemisphere! I will attempt to eat everything on their menu – one day!
Their craft beer selection is also well thought out and chosen to complement and pair the entrees they have available. For those who’s palettes that don’t know what a great cheesesteak or hot dog tastes like, they have alternative condiments to appease any, if not all, unbeknownst customers: Chipotle ketchup, dijon mustard, and my favorite Jalapeno mayo.
I love the layout and decor of this joint. The tables, the brick colors, the decorative and iconic insignias, sliding doors, and garage opening all add up to create a super dope atmosphere. I was commenting to my friends that I wish I had lived in that space! Although, it’s well hidden deep within Seoraemaul, parking will be difficult to come by (I believe the closest public parking is diagonal from Brooklyn Burger.)
I am a huge fan of the passion that the owner has put into his endeavors, and it’s super awesome to see Napkin Please bring up standard and quality of western / American food in Seoul. (Thanks for the awesome 411 D & J!)
FYI: CLOSED MONDAYS – SAME AS BROOKLYN BURGER.
Location: 78-12 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea