Tucked away between Fifth and Sixth Avenue on 32nd street is Koreatown – a block bursting with vibrant deliciousness, tucked away bars, and the best karaoke the city has to offer.
Koreatown sprung up quite by accident, and thank goodness it did. Its close proximity to Macy’s, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden make it the perfect place for anyone in midtown to visit to get a unique and memorable lunch. If dumplings are your love, go to Mandoo. Mandoo makes their dumplings fresh everyday. You can see the rolling and stuffing the dough in their storefront window. Koreans have also perfected the French pastry. If you want a taste of Europe, go to Paris Baguette (their chocolate bread is delectable) or Tous les Jours. If you just don’t know what you want, head to Food Gallery 32.
Food Gallery 32 is an homage to the food courts found in Seoul, Korea. You walk in and are given a plethora of food choice. There are several food stalls serving such delicacies as bulgogi, steamed buns, sushi, noodles, roasted chicken, frozen yogurt, green tea dark chocolate lava cakes, and beer. One stand out dish was the chicken cutlet from Doyaji Pork House. Served with brown sauce, cabbage salad, pickled radish, white rice, and miso soup, this chicken is super tender with a nice crunchy breading.
Then head over to the dessert bar and check out the dark chocolate and green tea lava cake. It was decadent and to die for.
If you want a slightly fancier sit down meal, head a few blocks up town to Han Bat on 36th street and 6th avenue. Get the Bi Bim Bop. It comes in a sizzling stone bowl, piping steaming hot when it arrives at your table. The dish is so hot that they crack a raw egg on top which cooks as you stir it into the rice. It is the perfect dish for these cold winter months.
Another big bonus of Han Bat is the “appetizer.” Instead of the bread served at most American restaurants, you get a tasting sample of 7 different Korean foods including steamed tofu, marinated beef cubes, and noodles cooked with an egg sauce. This is a true treat and a super fun NYC experience.
Get thee to Koreatown – New York’s most delicious district!