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Apologies to any Hell’s Kitchen resident who believes thrilling things happen in the neighborhood all the time, but we think Mari is the most exciting new addition to the area in years. (Or at least since Kochi opened, a place coincidentally run by the same restaurant team as Mari.) This Korean spot serves a $125, 13-course tasting, the bulk of which is dedicated to U-shaped hand rolls filled with marinated meat or fish plus crunchy accessories on top and pickled daikon underneath. Unlike some handroll places you may have been to before—like Nami Nori or Domodomo—Mari incorporates Korean sauces and spices into every two-bite roll. We especially like the piece with shrimp in a soy marinade with seaweed puree and white sesame, as well as the one with scallop that’s marinated in makgeolli then torched and topped with candied anchovies. Come before a show, or plan a meet-in-the-middle date night on the West Side. There are a couple tables in the back, but you should sit at the big rectangular counter in the middle of the restaurant, so you can watch the chefs prep all the pieces.

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