At this primo location across from Dolores Park, the three Lee Brothers are adding personality to Korean-American food, sprinkling in Japanese elements and a bit of kitsch, while using fresh ingredients from their farm. The ramyun noodle soup has all-beef hot dogs. The gamja fries reinvent poutine, with kimchee relish, chili paste, Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, and short ribs (only on the happy hour menu). Delicate items are plentiful, too, like shiitake
dumplings, uni tempura, and a delicious stone pot with crispy rice and vegetables. The shave ice with coconut milk and crumbled oreos is a refreshing closer. Most seats are bar-style, lined up in neat rows facing 18th Street, while real tables are at a premium. The large, sculpted branch that hangs from the ceiling is in reverence to its name: Namu means tree; gaji means branch. Waits can be long, but the hostess will text you when a table is ready. Also, during happy hour, a kids' menu is available.