The 10 Best Korean Restaurants In New York - Updated 2021

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Take a trip to the northeastern United States and head to New York the next time you are looking to have an enjoyable vacation. It is home to the Statue of Liberty and fantastic contemporary skyscrapers. But, it is not just the buildings that will take your breath away, you will also realize how New York is blessed with natural beauty, including majestic waterfalls and idyllic parks. Enjoy New York from high above by making a stop at the One World Trade Centre, famous for its astonishing elevator ride that reveals the city’s skyscrapers. Make sure you visit the Empire State Building to get spectacular views of the surrounding areas. While adventuring in New York, you should also try some new dishes, including Asian cuisine. Here are some of the best Korean restaurants in New York, that you can try out on your trip.

1. Mapo BBQ


First on the list is Mapo BBQ, situated on 41st Avenue, which serves delicious Korean meals. Order the galbi (grilled ribs), which comes with a variety of side dishes. The waiter will set up a fire pit next to you, so you can enjoy the entertainment of your food being cooked before you. Learn how to roll the meat in lettuce and get insight from the waiter on the toppings to try out. Before you leave, make sure you try the seafood pancake, which is crispy and features lots of scallions. Mapo BBQ is a Korean restaurant you should not miss.

Mapo BBQ

Address: 14924 41st Ave., New York, New York 11355

Website: Mapo BBQ

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 11:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 10pm

2. Cote

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Cote restaurant, founded by Simon Kim, takes Korean BBQ to the next level by blending Korean culinary traditions with a classic American Steakhouse. It boasts steakhouse-quality meat, good cocktails, and a cool dining atmosphere, with smokeless grills in the middle of marble tables.

Round up some of your friends and order the Butcher Feast, which includes excellent steak sourced from the in-house drying room and a variety of side dishes, accompanied by a great bottle of wine. Have a fun evening at this restaurant and enjoy the excellent service from the great staff.

Cote

Address: 6 West 22nd Street (B/W 5th & 6th Aves.) New York, NY 10010

Website: Cote

Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 5pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 12am

3. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

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This restaurant is located on 32nd Street in New York and has become the go-to place for locals and tourists looking for authentic Korean dishes. Baekjeong, the Korean Word for ‘butcher’, serves classic Korean dishes in a rustic atmosphere that looks a lot like a local barbecue bar in Korea. Choose your meat cuts and watch them sizzle on your table grill, along with the side dishes that include a special cheesy corn mixture. You can order a bowl of noodles, a pot of spicy stew, or “doshirak” to accompany your barbecue. Your dining experience will definitely be memorable!

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Address: 1 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016

Website: Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 11:30am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 5am

4. GAONNURI


Gaonnuri seeks to bring together people from around the globe to share in an authentic taste of Korea, right in the buzz of New York! Enjoy a traditional Korean barbeque, which comprises perfectly grilled meats, satisfying soups, mouthwatering appetizers, speciality dishes, and delicious desserts, accompanied by a glass of wine from their great collection. You will enjoy all these in a modern, clean, and bright atmosphere. Invite your friends, significant other, and loved ones to enjoy these delicacies with you.

Gaonnuri

Address: 1250 Broadway Penthouse (39th Floor) New York, NY 10001

Website: Gaonnuri

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm -10pm; Sun: 5pm - 9:30pm

5. Madangsui

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Madangsui has been serving its customers since 2009. The restaurant provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for its customers. Tucked away on 35th Street, in New York, Madansui serves Korean barbecue, along with a myriad of side dishes. Enjoy the unique taste and the fun of wrapping your own barbecued meat in crisp lettuce. The secret of its recipe lies in the fresh, quality meats from USDA Prime Certified sources. Have a good time with your loved ones at Madangsui.

Madangsui

Address: 35 W 35th St. New York, NY 10001

Website: Madangsui

Opening hours: 11.30am - 11pm (daily)

6. Hanbat


Hanbat Restaurant is a lovely restaurant in New York that serves delicious Korean food. It situated on 35th Street and features a lovely ambience, styled like a traditional Korean dining area. Try out the L.A. Gal Bi or the Bul Go Ki, which are meat cuts marinated in a special sauce. Vegetarians can also enjoy Korean BBQ cuisine here, with their completely vegetarian dishes. Be sure to order their rice wine to accompany your main dish.

Hanbat

Address: 53 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

Website: Hanbat

Opening hours: 12am - 12am (daily)

7. The Kunjip


The Kunjip, located in the heart of New York City, serves authentic Korean dishes that emulate a Korean mum’s cooking. They offer their services in a rustic setting that dates back to medieval Korean times. The restaurant uses quality ingredients from their own farm to prepare their special dishes. Try out their lettuce wrap, sausage soup, “ssambap” and “soon dae-gukbap”, which are prepared with their in-house vegetables and Korean blood sausage.

The Kunjip

Address: 32W 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Website: The Kunjip

Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 6:30am - 3am; Thur - Sat: 12am - 12am

8. Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar

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Posted by Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar on Saturday, March 7, 2020

For yet another taste of authentic Korean BBQ cuisine, Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar makes great dishes that will satiate your tastebuds. It is owned by Chef Woo Kim, who is also the head chef. The restaurant specializes in authentic Korean BBQ, which comprise galbi-marinated ribs, bulgogi-sliced beef, and bibimpap-steamed rice – all this with a variety of seasoned vegetables. Those who crave stir-fried dishes and seafood will find them at Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar. Make sure you order their wine.

Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar

Address: 17 E 32nd Street, New York, New York

Website: Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar

Opening hours: 11.30am - 12am (daily)

9. Insa Brooklyn


At chef Sohui Kim’s Insa Brooklyn, diners can try out karaoke. It is a lovely restaurant built in a former warehouse and features high ceilings, communal tables, great lighting, a hallway with bathrooms, karaoke studios, a bar, and a magnificent kitchen. The food is quite good here. Diners can try their speciality banchan – which are small side dishes, fried fishcake, beef tartare, and much more! You can also drink Korean tiki cocktails or Silk Punch, prepared at the bar. Grab some of your coworkers and enjoy eating and singing karaoke.

Insa Brooklyn

Address: 328 Douglass Street Brooklyn NY 11217

Website: Insa Brooklyn

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Thur: 5:30pm - 11pm; Fri: 5:30pm - 12am; Sat: 3pm - 12am; Sun: 3pm-11pm

10. Mokbar

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The secret to Mokbar’s Korean cuisine is the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients in their healthy menu. Here, you will be able to find all the popular Korean BBQ side dishes, inclusive of ramen, sun noodles, kimchi, banchan, and bulgogi ribeye. Vegan diners can have the vegan miso ramen with a side of dumplings to enjoy. Chef/owner Esther Choi has a lot of cooking experience and was taught by her grandmother. So rest assured you will be enjoying authentic Korean dishes!

Mokbar

Address: 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Website: Mokbar

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

Enjoy Korean dishes

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While you indulge in the lovely ambience of New York, take a step to enjoy some culinary dishes from Asia. Visit any of the restaurants listed above, as they are guaranteed to provide you with whole new experiences. Make a reservation with the restaurant that matches your preferences today!

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