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Best Korean Food in New York

When an area of a city builds a reputation for hosting the best restaurants for a particular cuisine, the neighborhood lets you know. Just like Chinatown, K-town (Koreatown) is rife with unbelievable Korean fare. Here, you'll find the best of the best, both in K-town and around the five boroughs.

Baden Baden
(212) 714-2266
28 W 32nd St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001+3821
Korean fried chicken and salty dishes augment the selection of Korean standards. Wash it all down with plenty of beer.

Do Hwa

(212) 414-1224 Make Reservation
55 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014+4305
An exceedingly hip place, Do Hwa often has a DJ spinning tunes, a crowd at the packed bar, and a full dining room of people grilling at the BBQ tables or otherwise devouring mounds of Korean favorites. Far more upscale than its East Village cousin, Dok Suni's, Do Hwa does indeed have great quality Korean food. Purists will bemoan that it is not authentic (perhaps because it is neither located in Koreatown or Queens), but Do Hwa consistently remains one of the most innovative top-end Korean fusion restaurants and is well worth repeat visits. The kalbi in particular is great, as is the cook-at-your-table mixed seafood selection. In addition, the cocktail menu has a number of creative and interesting concoctions.

Dok Suni's

(212) 477-9506
119 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003+2963
East Village meets Korean BBQ, and the result is fantastic. Dok Suni's, as well as its more upscale Greenwich Village cousin, Do Hwa, has a great menu of Korean favorites. Now don't expect truly authentic, messy family-style BBQQ here, for which you should instead visit the large collection of Korean restaurants near Herald Square or to Queens. Instead, expect a fusion of home cooking, whether the ubiquitous dishes such as bibimbop, kalbi, potato noodles or dumplings.

HanGawi
(212) 213-0077
12 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016+5419
Providing a well-curated menu of healthy vegetarian offerings.

Kang Suh
(212) 564-6845
1250 Broadway Fl 31
New York, NY 10001+3716

Kori

(212) 334-0908
253 Church St
New York, NY 10013+3438
   
Kum Gang San
(718) 461-0909
13828 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354+3406

Madangsui
(212) 564-9333
35 W 35th St Fl 8
New York, NY 10001+2205
Who could resist the multiple sensory pleasures of Korean barbecue: the spicy salty flavors and the combination of textures and temperatures, not to mention the hands-on fun of going through a pile of lettuce leaves, wrapping your own little barbecue "sandwiches"?

Momofuku Ssam Bar
(212) 254-3500
207 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Possibly the most overhyped fast-food opening in New York, this attractive Korean-style ssam bar serving "delicious American food" is owned by the brilliant minds behind nearby Momofuku. Do also consider visiting early or late, when there are less Yahoos. Momofuku Ssam also proudly offers one of the only menus in New York City that boldly proclaims: We do not serve vegetarian friendly items. We are particular to the intoxicating steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, scallions, as well as anything with ham. Meacham country ham, for example, will transport you into the wonderful world of luxury charcuterie, and delight you beyond almost all belief.