photo credit: Kim Kovacik

A small, red tinted dining room with a few TV screens and a few round tables.



Lincoln Square

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerDining SoloEating At The BarLate Night EatsSerious Take-Out Operation

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Dancen serves very good Korean bar food. This place is small and casual—much more of a bar than a restaurant. But you should work your way through their entire menu over multiple visits, and the first thing you should try is their fire chicken. Chunks of marinated chicken are grilled (on an open grill behind the bar) until the marinade becomes charred and caramelized. It’s delicious and incredibly spicy, and it comes with a Thousand Island-dressed cabbage slaw to help balance out the heat. It’s perfect for a solo meal at the counter, where you can watch the grill.

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