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Best Korean Restaurants in New York City

Best Korean Restaurants in New York City

Best Korean Restaurants in New York City

Whether devouring bowls of gochu ramyun positively heaving with noodles or the crispiest kimchi-jeon (pancake), New Yorkers are wild for Korean cuisine. Here, the 12 best Korean restaurants in NYC.


43 E. 28th St., 10016 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Ellia Park and her husband Junghyun Park wows diners from start to finish at this Gramercy hot spot with their unapologetic love for Korean food. Here you may find braised eggplant with snow crab and tomato; or fried chicken brined in pineapple juice, coated in tempura batter, and served with a ginger-peanut butter sauce. Close out with a refreshing sujeonggwa granita with lychee yogurt, burrata and candied walnut.


104 E. 30th St., 10016 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Ellia Park and Junghyun Park serve the most exquisite multi-course menu. Dishes are delicate, yet satisfying and display extraordinary finesse and detail. The banchan alone will alert you that something special is happening here and, whether pickling, curing, fermenting or grilling, it’s apparent this is one with a mastery of all techniques. And the ingredients, be it Australian abalone, Hokkaido uni or Wagyu from Miyazaki are equally exemplary.


16 W. 22nd St., 10010 New York

$$$$ · Korean

First-timers should head for the “Butcher’s Feast” where you’ll get four different cuts of beef and a luscious egg soufflé that’s a meal in itself. The USDA Prime meats are first presented raw for you to admire their marbling and color. Your server then rubs the smokeless grill with oil before expertly cooking them. The supporting cast of accompanying flavors—from the kimchi to the ssamjang—are all there to enhance their succulent and persuasive flavor even further.


679 Ninth Ave., 10036 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Sungchul Shim reimagines the casual Japanese handroll at Hell’s Kitchen’s latest destination which literally translates into “roll”. Equipped with top-notch ingredients and Korean flavors, Chef Shim reimagines familiar classics into a tasting menu filled with glistening planks of Ora King salmon; tender strips of cured mackerel; and melting slabs of pork belly.

Oiji Mi

17 W. 19th St., 10011 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Chef Brian Kim and his team are no strangers to modern Korean cuisine. Improving upon the now-closed Oiji, Oiji Mi’s five-course prix fixe menu offers a more subtle approach to flavors. Some notable standouts called out by our Inspectors include the striped jack “hwe” and chili lobster ramyun. The finishing punctuation? A creative and nuanced beverage program with eye-catching cocktails and a well-curated wine list.


12 E. 32nd St., 10016 New York

$$ · Korean

The ssam bap here offers a fun DIY experience with a long platter of fillings. Dark leafy lettuce and thin, herbaceous sesame leaves are topped with creamy slices of avocado, crunchy bean sprouts, pickled daikon, carrot, cucumber, radish and three rice options—white, brown and a nutty, purple-tinged multigrain. Topped with miso ssam sauce, each bite is a fresh burst of uplifting textures.


10 E. 33rd St., 10016 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Hyun is a luxurious take on Korean barbecue, focusing squarely on top-notch Japanese A5 Wagyu, butchered in-house and grilled tableside. The omakase is a veritable feast that includes silken chawanmushi and hand-chopped tartare. It is however merely a precursor to the Wagyu slices, each of which arrives more beautifully marbled and deliciously grilled than the next.

Jeju Noodle Bar

679 Greenwich St., 10014 New York

$$$ · Korean

This kitchen specializes in ramyun—not ramen. Persian cucumber kimchi with a spicy plum dressing, shiso and sesame seeds is a culinary delight, while the mouthwatering aroma of pork bone broth that precedes the arrival of gochu ramyun brimming with curly noodles, bean sprouts and pickled cabbage is a veritable thesis on ace ingredients.


36 E. 22nd St., 10010 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Kim weaves Western influences into his Korean prix-fixe in such an expert fashion that the results are nothing short of sumptuous and utterly crave-worthy. Kick off with caviar cradled by crisp seaweed prepared in the style of gim bugak; or cold-smoked slices of yellowtail imbued with yuzu and pepper. Sashimi is highly creative and may arrive with kombu, sliced blueberries, and finger lime.


2 Harrison St., 10013 New York

$$$$ · Korean

What is most impressive here is that the Korean elements of the dishes seem to raise them to another level. Bibimbap composed with gochujang, crispy quinoa, and tender Wagyu beef tartare will live long in the memory; while the branzino served simply with white kimchi shows that this is also a kitchen with the utmost confidence in the quality of its ingredients.


652 Tenth Ave., 10036 New York

$$$$ · Korean

Kudos to Chef Sungchul Shim, who taps into his Korean roots and fine-dining pedigree to create a solid but playful and technically proficient menu. Start with pine nut- and potato milk-soup, or sweet potato-and-sunchoke gratin, paired with a clever doenjang béchamel. Salmon bibimbap mingles pollock roe, candied anchovy, and toasted nori with brown soy-butter rice for a harmonious high point.

Cho Dang Gol

55 W. 35th St., 10001 New York

$$ · Korean

For a change of pace in bustling Koreatown, Cho Dang Gol offers the barbecue-weary an opportunity to explore some of this nation’s more rustic cooking. Soft tofu is the specialty of the house and it’s downright delicious, but bubbling casseroles and spicy stews are equally heartwarming. The menu also offers favorites like flaky pajeon, satisfying bibimbap and marinated meats.

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