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Korean food with atmosphere? Or nice place near Union Square?

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I am looking for a place to have a nice (but not TOO pricey) dinner with husband this Saturday for my birthday. We both love Korean, and have been to a few, but never one with a nice enough atmosphere, etc. Any ideas? OR a perfect place near Union Square/Murray Hill? Any kind of food....Thanks!

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  1. unfortunately, there are few Korean places with any atmosphere at all. the only three that I can think of are Woo Lae Oak in Soho, Bann in Hell's Kitchen, and Hangawi in KTown. both Woo Lae Oak and Bann cater to a more American crowd, but some of their dishes are really well executed, my favorite being Kalbi Jim or Kimchi Jigae.

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    Woo Lae Oak
    148 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012

    1. Kori is genuinely pretty but down in Tribeca.

      If you want to stay near Union Square, Gyu Kaku in the East Village might be a good alternative. Japanese barbecue that seems inspired by the Korean version, and the decor is far nicer than any Korean restaurant I can think of in the area.

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      1. re: downtownchica

        not familiar with Kori, but their menu reveals Kim Mare...looks like i'm headed to Tribeca soon.

      2. Dok Suni in the East Village isn't fancy, but certainly has more atmosphere than your avg K-town joint ... kind of like a neighborhood restaurant/bistro.

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        Dok Suni
        119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: asiansupper

          How about Do Hwa on Carmine Street? Owned by the same folks a Dok Suni

          http://www.dohwanyc.com/index2.htm

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          Do Hwa
          55 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

          Dok Suni
          119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        2. I think Don Bogam (K-town BBQ) has nicer atmosphere than most -- not to mention that it is one of my favorite BBQ spots in all of K-town.