Best Korean Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

From hot pots to barbecue, fried chicken to noodles, New York City boasts a diverse array of Korean restaurants--some refined, some more rustic. Presenting the very best of all.

Jungsik
Korean · TriBeCa · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

“Each dish is a piece of art” at this “high-end” TriBeCa Korean whose “meticulously prepared” fusion bites take “many twists and turns” and can be sampled in “sublime” yet “accessible” tasting menus presented by an “attentive” staff; the subtle, “elegant” space suits the “special experience” , though “you’ll pay for it” when the bill arrives.
Hangawi
Korean · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

A “wonderful respite” in “honky-tonk” K-town, this “transporting” Korean provides “exquisite” vegan fare that tastes even better in its “Zen-like atmosphere” ; “knowledgeable” service is also part of the “relaxing” package, but “be willing to take your shoes off” – it’s a “requirement” here.
Danji
Korean · West 50s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Original” and “unfailingly delicious” , the “modern” Korean tapas at this “bustling” Midtown “find” will “leave you satisfied” thanks to “intense” flavors that “surprise the palate” ; expect to “wait” for a seat in the “small” , “sparse” setting, but “fantastic” drinks help pass the time.
Oiji
Korean · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Specializing in “out-of-the-box” Korean fare, this East Villager matches “excellent renditions” of “modern” dishes (the “honey butter chips are a must” ) with “high-quality sojus” ; the “pint-sized” space is “tight” , but once you “cram yourself in” the food “speaks for itself.”
Baekjeong
Korean · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

You can “taste the difference” in the “top-notch” meats at this K-town “winner” from a South Korea–based chain, where the “elevated” BBQ is grilled tableside by “efficient” servers; since it’s “so crazy popular” , be ready for “crowded” conditions and a “wait time.”
Hanjan
Korean · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Modern twists” elevate the Korean small plates to “really delicious” levels at this “casual” Flatiron gastropub; “interesting” cocktails and “not-to-be-missed” rice beer add to the “fun atmosphere” – and keep things “lively.”
Dons Bogam
Korean · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.8

“Excellent Korean BBQ” that you cook yourself ( “make sure you get a grill table” ) is the main event at this “trendy” spot off the Koreatown strip that also offers staples like bibimbop, noodles and more; a stylish bar adds to the “cool” experience.
Franchia Vegan Cafe
Vegetarian · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Innovative” vegan cuisine is the hallmark of this Midtown Korean “favorite” where the “wonderful, filling” offerings ( “I didn't miss meat at all” ) are complemented by “friendly” service and a “Zen-like ambiance” that suffuses the “jewel-box” teahouse setting; thanks to “value” pricing, it's an “affordable oasis.”