HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

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

b
Bsaltman Jul 26, 2010 05:30 PM

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!

  1. coasts Jul 26, 2010 07:24 PM

    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.

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

    1. d
      downtownchica Jul 26, 2010 09:03 PM

      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.

      1 Reply
      1. re: downtownchica
        coasts Jul 26, 2010 09:15 PM

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

      2. asiansupper Jul 27, 2010 07:07 AM

        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.

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

        1 Reply
        1. re: asiansupper
          j
          jptcu Jul 27, 2010 08:08 AM

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

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

          -----
          Do Hwa
          55 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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

        2. k
          kiworan79 Jul 27, 2010 07:23 AM

          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.

          Show Hidden Posts