Koreatown: Burgers and Fried Chicken at Little Tart
Little Tart opened a couple of months ago replacing Saint Martha in Koreatown. I was pretty bummed out when Saint Martha closed. I felt the neighborhood needed such a sit-down spot with shared plates. But apparently what it really needed was a more casual place where you can order wine by the can at the counter.
The dining room has been transformed with kitschy gee gaws (they did keep the neon “Hipster” sign) and the only menu is on the wall. Expect lots of tables of dudes drinking craft beer while noshing on burgers or sausages.
Currently there are three burger options. I probably would have gotten the American Way but the counter woman suggested the I’m All In. That burger comes with bacon jam, shrooms, taleggio cheese and onion straws on a ciabatta bun. Later I saw the American Way on a brioche and felt jealous. It looked much more sturdy. We asked for the burger medium rare but the thick patty came out medium. Fortunately the tiny bit of cheese and bacon jam kept it moist.
The other burger option, the Tart burger, came with bleu cheese so expect it to be a bit funkier.
I washed my burger down with a blood orange wit which at $6 was a great deal. My friend who had the wine in the can ($15?!) could barely finish her wine. I think this can is better for sharing.
We also got the fried chicken. I enjoyed my pieces of dark meat which were juicy and covered in honey. My friend who had the breast thought it was on the drier side. I was a little unsure about the coleslaw. I wanted it either more vinegar-y or with a kick of spice (chopped jalepeno, maybe).
Little Tart is good for the neighborhood again and a great spot if you’re trolling for dudes who like beer. But I still miss Saint Martha, damnit.(213) 387-2300 © The Minty 2016