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Haenyeo’s Jenny Kwak Keeps a Jar of Harissa on the Side, Just In Case


To-Go Takes is Resy’s regular feature wherein we quiz the folks behind some of our favorite restaurants about all things related to takeout. 

In this edition, we speak to Jenny Kwak, the executive chef behind Haenyeo, Park Slope’s soulful and inventive Korean restaurant, currently open for outdoor dining, pickup, and delivery. Below, she shares some of her favorite takeout tips, tricks, cocktails, and regular stops.

Restaurant: Haenyeo
Name + Title: Jenny Kwak, Executive Chef 

Haenyeo chef-owner Jenny Kwak. Photo courtesy of Jenny Kwak

Resy: What’s your favorite dish from Haenyeo’s takeout menu?
Kwak: The grilled mackerel — it’s fresh, healthy, and savory.

Where are you getting takeout from and what are you ordering?
Casa Brazilian Restaurant, in the West Village: Cheese bread (pão de queijo) and the seafood stew (moqueca) — so good!

Best tip to amp up your takeout?
A jar of harissa sauce from Cafe Mogador — adds a kick to everything.

What’s your favorite place for cocktails to go?
Seaborne Red Hook Cocktail Bar. I enjoy the “Oaxaca Sol” and pick up a pre-mixed bottle.

What single restaurant dish would you walk miles for?
The whole Peking duck from Big Wong King — my family loves it.

What restaurant do you wish was open?
Schilling Restaurant, for the wiener schnitzel and the potato salad. And missing the bubbling, spicy tofu stew in the hot pot at BCD Tofu House.

Haenyeo is open for outdoor dining Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Order Haenyeo pickup and delivery here.