We have good news and bad news, Valleyites: The bad news is Seoul Kitchen — a prime spot for authentic, all-natural Korean cuisine — has closed its doors in Beacon. But don’t fret just yet! Seoul Kitchen will soon re-open in a spiffy new home along Liberty Street in Newburgh, likely before the holidays.
Owner and first-generation Korean, Heewon Marshall made her debut in the restaurant world five years ago, opening Seoul Kitchen in Beacon. “I was happy every single day [in Beacon]. It was my American dream come true, but eventually I had to leave,” said Marshall. Her former spot has been sold and she’s found a space closer to her home in Newburgh, where lately, many new shops and restaurants have opened. “I chose Newburgh because I love the city and I wanted the people there to visit my kitchen.” Unlike the Beacon location, where a lot of her customers were visitors from New York City, Marshall expects to see more local faces in her new Liberty Street shop.
Seoul Kitchen’s delicious dumplings
Photo courtesy of Seoul Kitchen
Marshall enjoys getting out of the kitchen and chatting with her customers, intending to keep her new location small, like a family. “I would rather be viewed as a Korean mom than a professional chef,” she said. “I want to deal with people through my food. I want happy faces.”
Look out for Seoul Kitchen’s December opening — and make sure you order some kimchi, a fermented cabbage dish that, for special select batches, Marshall sometimes makes “the old-fashioned way.” Per tradition, it’s stored in pots underground to keep it at the perfect temperature for fermentation, like wine. A popular winter favorite at Seoul Kitchen is the hot pot, a dish that comes in a medley of varieties, such as vegetables, tofu or kimchi, spicy enough to clear your sinuses. And don’t forget the most obvious traditional Korean choice: bibimbap, a scrumptious conglomerate of rice and a six-veggie blend, topped with a fried egg, or some beef for the meat-lovers.
71 Liberty Street
Newburgh, NY 12550