**Updated : January 2023**
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Koreantown NYC has an incredible food scene, and visiting Ktown for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. As one of our favorite areas in New York City to visit, Koreatown has some of the best eateries in the area! From kimbap to udon to mochi mochi donuts, it's guaranteed that you'll find something you love! Keep reading for the best places to eat in Koreatown!
Koreatown NYC stretches from the intersection of Broadway and W 33rd Street to 5th Avenue and W 32nd Street (see the map above). Koreatown is quite close to Times Square and right next to the Empire State Building - if you haven't visited yet, then you're definitely missing out! Not only is the food amazing, but there are adorable shops selling K skin products and accessories, plus it's an excellent area to test out your Karaoke skills as well! We highly encourage you to visit the area while you're at Times Square - just be prepared for lots of crowds! For planning purposes, we split our list into two sections, "Sit Down Restaurants" and "Snacks, Desserts and Drinks."
Sit Down Restaurants in K-town
Food Gallery 32 - A wonderful food court that has a little bit of everything! With limited seating largely due to the fact that it's always busy, we almost always stop here when we're in Koreatown. Our favorite vendors inside are The Gochujang for kimbap and ddukbboki and Noona Noodles for udon and ramen.
Wonjo Korean BBQ - There are plenty of Korean BBQ spots along Koreatown, but we highly recommend New Wonjo Korean BBQ. Not only do they cook it all for you, but they've been featured on the Michelin Guide for multiple years! We got the Meat Mania for two - which was plenty!
Udon Lab - This sit down restaurant has a great atmosphere, and although it'll be a bit of a wait we promise it'll be 100% worth it! We loved their hot udon and sushi rolls!
K-town Snacks, Desserts and Drinks
BIAO Sugar - Our go to bubble tea spot, not only do they have great milk teas but you also get served out of tiger's head! We order either the Coconut Jelly Milk Tea or the BIAO Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea.
Mochi Mochi Donut - My absolute favorite spot, these are the only kind of donuts I actually enjoy. Located inside Afternoon, these milk tea donuts come in a large variety of flavors - my favorites are the matcha and chocolate flavors!
Jongro Hotdog - Also located inside Afternoon, these Korean Rice Hotdogs are one of the most popular street foods and are made of hot dogs (or cheese sticks) rolled in batter and finished with toppings like ramen or potatoes! Although we werent so sure at first, we tried a Mozarella Cheese Dog with Potato toppings sprinkled with sugar and it was delicious!
Emo Kimbap - Probably one of the smallest restaurants in Koreatown, Emo Kimbap might can be easily missed! With kimbap rolls starting at $10, our go to is the vegetable roll!
Grace Street - A restaurant focusing on desserts, with indoor seating! Although their desserts range from basque burnt cheesecakes to shaved snow to ho-duk (Korean donuts) - we ordered their shaved snow with strawberries and chocolate drizzle! It was so large we could just barely finish it ourselves, but it was delicious and way creamier than any shaved ice you've had before!
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