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An Insider's Favorite Korean Restaurants in NYC

Key to the City BY genevieve ang 08/26/2016

Sydney Suh-Lee, mastermind behind the made-in-Korea handbag line OAD, knows a thing or two about finding the best bulgogi beef and banchan in New York City—the Manhattan resident was born in Seoul, has been an American citizen for a decade, and makes regular visits home for her mom’s slow-cooking. Here’s where she goes to satisfy those cravings locally when a 14-hour flight’s not in the cards.



via @hernameishan


“This is my favorite place to go for lunch and dinner, but their lunch special is an especially amazing deal. The food tastes really fresh and homemade—exactly like how my mom cooks it. The decor inside is also very tastefully done and well-thought-out. The line is always long here, but it’s worth it for me to get a healthy meal for $10.”



via @jongrobbq_nyc


“You'll feel like you are in seventies Korea—there’s a very nostalgic decor and ambience. They do great BBQ and other traditional Korean dishes, plus lots of banchan (small sides and appetizers). Again, there’s usually a super long line, and the wait is up to two hours sometimes. But if you leave your number and go get a drink somewhere else, they’ll text you when the table is ready. But still, plan to go an hour before you get hungry.”



via @littledokebibbq


“My brand director, Catherine, lives half block away from this restaurant in Greenpoint. I stopped by once for dinner after a meeting and loved it. Their bibimbap was my favorite, but their Korean fried chicken is also amazing. The vibe is very relaxed and chill.” 





“They do great takes on fusion Korean food—the  bulgogi beef sliders are my favorite! They also make something called an open dumping that looks like a taco.”




via @arielrutt


“This is the tiniest Korean restaurant in New York City, but it’s my favorite place to have kimbop! Kimbop is the Korean version of sushi, but it is made with cooked meats, like bulgogi or tuna, and vegetables. People usually have it for a snack or a full meal, but for me it’s perfect for a quick and fast lunch. E-mo also means ‘aunt’ in Korean, and it’s very true here! The woman who works there is a friendly old woman, and she makes the roll right in front of you. The only bad thing is that this place is cash-only.”



via Cup & Cup


“I used to come here for lunch almost everyday when I worked at Kate Spade. What I like about about this place is that they use a lot of tiny cups to serve things. The menu always changes, but you always can get a full set meal with soup, rice, and meats. At night, it turns into a bar called Take 31, which gets super-crowded.”





“This is the place I go after work to grab a drink and to catch up with friends—the restaurant name actually means ‘one cup of drink’ in Korean. There’s great ambiance, really amazing food, and very delicious cocktails. The owner focuses mainly on Korean street food—but made in a healthier and better way because they try to use organic produce as much as possible. One of my favorites here is their dukboki, or rice cakes,  because it reminds of my school days, and it is just the ultimate comfort food.”



via @oijinyc


“My studio is located right above the East Village, and I often walk here for dinner after work. This is definitely more of a fusion place, and you can tell because they don’t give you ban chan! They serve very innovative Korean food though—I always recognize the ingredients but don’t know what the dish will taste like. It’s the perfect date night spot because it has very nice decor, and they present their food very beautifully.”



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