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NYC’s Koreatown Guide!

NYC’s Koreatown is located on 34th street between Broadway and 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Many trains have stops nearby, making it a very easy place to access. The trains that stop close by are the N, W, R, Q, B, C, D, F, M, and the PATH train. It is also a walkable distance to, and from Times Square, and located right next to the Empire State Building. It is among Manhattan’s buzziest areas thanks to a nearly 24-hour restaurant and nightlife scene. Visit NYC’s Koreatown for K-pop and K-beauty cravings, and things to do, like Korean barbecue and karaoke.

Food in NYC’s Koreatown

Grace Street Coffee & Desserts

A NYC’s Koreatown’s classic! The menu has many different korean desserts and drinks. My favorite is the Ho-Dduk (Korean Donut), and the Rose Petal Milk Tea. You have to order before being seated, and the inside is always insanely crowded and loud, but fun.

Milk Tea Boba Toast 
Grace Street Coffee & Desserts
NYC Koreatown
Milk Tea Boba Toast

Keki Modern Cakes

A small take-out-only shop is popular for its bouncy jiggly cheesecake and cream puffs. They have other menus like ice cream, cheese tart, and sponge cake. I tried their ube cream puff and I really enjoyed it. Check out their menu!

Mochi Mochi Donut

Mochi donuts are a hybrid between donuts and chewy mochi, a Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice. There are so many varieties in mochi donuts, like Black Sesame, Green Tea (my favorite), Ube, Cookies and Cream and Chocolate. The flavors and the designs on the donuts are so detailed and pretty!

Mochi Mochi Donut, KoreaTown
Desserts in NYC koreatown
Mochi Donuts

Jongro Rice Hotdog

Korean hot dogs are fun and crispy street food popular in Korea. They are mozzarella cheese or hot dogs coated with potato, sweet potato, or ramen bits. They can be eaten as either a meal or a snack, but will definitely fill you up. I love asking for extra sugar on my hotdog to make it feel like a dessert and a must-try for

sweet potato Korean Hotdog with mozzarella
Koreatown NYC
sweet potato Korean Hotdog with mozzarella

Woorijip

This is definitely one of the local favorites in NYC’s Koreatown. They have been making authentic korean food for more than 22 years years! They have Inexpensive lunch boxes and side dishes, with anything from noodles, rice dishes, and tteokbokki. There’s even a small little eating section at the back of the shop.

Machi Machi

Machi Machi is a very popular shop in Taiwan, that was brought over to NYC’s Koreatown. It became popular by being in a Taiwanese singer, Jay Chou’s music video. They use fresh ingredients and creative and unique bottles. Machi Machi is definitely a place to stop by if you like instagamable drinks but beware of their long lines.

Fresh Strawberry Latte With Panna Cotta
NYC koreatown 
Machi Machi
Fresh Strawberry Latte With Panna Cotta

Let’s Meat BBQ

It’s not a NYC’s Koreatown food list without a KBBQ restaurant. Let’s Meat BBQ offers 100 minutes of KBBQ time, with this most cheapest all you can eats start from 29.99, one of the best prices in this area! They have many kinds of meat from like beef thin sliced brisket, shin cliced ribeye, pork belly, pork short rib, spicy chicken breast and more. View the full menu here!

Hong Chun Cheon Dak Galbi

Hong Chun Cheon’s specialty is their dakgalbi, a Korean-style spicy stir-fried chicken with cheese. Dakgalbi is probably one of my favorite Korean dishes, and Hong Chun Cheon does an amazing job. Once ordered, the entire dish comes all cooked, and at the table you just waiting for the mozzarella cheese to melt for a satisfying cheese dip. I recommend to make sure to order kimichi rice once the pan starts to run out of food to make a delicious fried rice at the end!

Hong Chun Cheon Dak Galbi's dakgalbi
NYC Koreatown
Hong Chun Cheon Dak Galbi’s Dakgalbi

Pelicana Chicken/bb.q Chicken

The two best chickens in Korea is in NYC’S Korea town! Korean chicken is shown all over in Korean drama’s and a must-have when at Korea town! They are both delicious, and are both equally as good, with many flavors to choose from. Some popular flavors of Korean fried chicken is Honey Garlic, Soy Garlic and classic spicy flavor. The radish that comes on the side is also life changing and tastes so well with the chicken.

Food Gallery 32

Food Gallery 32 is the best choice for anyone with large groups who want to have an inexpensive meal with many food options. With around 10 restaurants to pick through, there is something for everyone with everything costing around the 15-dollar mark. My personal favorite meals to get from here is tteokbokki or the Chicken Katsu.

Filling Tonkatsu from Food Gallery 32
Korea Town NYC
Filling Chicken Katsu from Food Gallery 32

Shopping in NYC’s Koreatown

NYC’s Koreatown doesn’t have much shopping in this area, but there are a handful of good places to stop by to get some Asian products.

TESO LIFE NYC’s Koreatown branch

A 2-floor store filled with Asian products and goods. Most of the products are Japanese, but there are some Chinese and Korean things as well. Their food/snacks/drink department is huge and has anything you can imagine. The food department is what they are mostly known for, but they also have many mystery/blind box figurines on the first floor. They also have a branch in Flushing.

TESO LIFE NYC Koreatown
TESO LIFE NYC

H Mart NYC’s Koreatown branch

The best Asian supermarket in the area with many ingredients, frozen food, snacks, and cooked meals. They also have a section for non-food items, which consists of household tools. H Mart mostly specializes in Korean and Chinese food and has different locations all over New York.

Pre-made meals at H Mart

Koryo Books

Go here to get any Kpop merchandise from any artist! Koryo books carry every single album and sometimes even have sales on certain albums or free posters with a purchase. I love to just walk in to see all the new albums in person just to admire them. In the back, they also have kpop merchandise from socks, calendars, posters and pens. This shop is originally a bookstore, so take a look at their books as well!

Koryo Books, Kpop albums 
Koreatown NYC
Koryo Books, Kpop albums

The Face Shop

A great place to stock up on Korean face masks and make-up! They offer a lot of samples which you can try it beforehand to see how the product feels and smells. They also have cute plushies for sale!

K-beauty products

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