BOERUM HILL — A new Korean restaurant on Smith Street is adding a gluten-free spin to a fried favorite.
Ssam, located at 170 Smith St., is serving a gluten-free Korean fried chicken that’s made with rice flour and topped with a special “Yang-nyum” sauce that is also gluten-free.
Restaurant owner Steve Kim, who opened the eatery last week, is hoping to cater to health-conscious diners with his new Korean delicacy, he said.
Customers can also order non-gluten free fried chicken served as wings or drumsticks with a variety of sauces.
The Boerum Hill block has seen three new restaurant openings in the last month. Ssam is the third to open its doors along with a new craft beer bar in one of the city's former so-called ugliest buildings and a "fast casual" sandwich shop that combines Asian and American flavors.
The “Korean Sizzling” restaurant will also features dishes like “Bulgogi Gui,” thinly sliced beef rib-eye barbecue, Bibimbap served in a hot stone and Korean sushi.
Kim has not yet received his liquor license but anticipates his bar will open in the next few months.