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The Best Korean Restaurants in New York City

These are the top Korean restaurants in New York City recommended by the World of Mouth experts.

Updated on Dec 18, 2023 | World of Mouth team

Korean food in New York City offers a wide range of traditional and modern dishes, reflecting a rich history of Korean immigration and cultural integration in the city's culinary landscape. In this guide, we highlight some of the best Korean restaurants in New York, each one recommended by World of Mouth experts, like Joshua David Stein, Jorge Vallejo and Mimi Lan.

From the innovative tasting menus at Atomix to the creative, contemporary flavors at Atoboy, and the refined elegance of Jungsik, these restaurants showcase the rich, complex flavors of the Korean cuisine. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these are the best spots in town for Korean food.

ATOMIX

104 E 30th St

104 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016, USA

ATOMIX is a restaurant that offers an elevated tasting menu inspired by Korean traditions, crafted by Junghyun and Ellia Park. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of Korean cuisine, with each dish presented on a beautifully designed card that lists its ingredients, origin, and meaning. With a counter that seats only 14 people, the restaurant provides a personal and intimate dining experience while showcasing the skills of Chef JP Park and the exceptional hospitality of Ellia Park.

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Another power couple I think are doing amazing stuff is Ellia and JP Park. They've been very brave to go outside Korea and start a little restaurant empire in New York and what they've achieved has not been easy. The flavors and everything else is perfect in their restaurant. I really believe they are one-of-a-kind.

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ATOMIX

ATOMIX

104 E 30th St

104 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016, USA

Atoboy

43 E 28th St

43 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016, USA

Atoboy is a restaurant that reimagines traditional Korean family-style dining with a modern twist, serving innovative Korean-inspired cuisine crafted by Chef Junghyun Park. The menu features a variety of beautifully composed dishes that are ideal for sharing, with recommendations including the fried chicken. It's a lively spot that caters well to larger groups, offering a good selection of beers and wines alongside its creative food offerings.

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Korean-inspired bistro with beautifully composed dishes.Korean-inspired bistro with beautifully composed dishes in an urban environment. Fixed price menu with many selections to choose from. Worth adding the fried chicken.

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Atoboy

Atoboy

43 E 28th St

43 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016, USA

COTE Korean Steakhouse

16 W 22nd St

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010, USA

COTE Korean Steakhouse is a Michelin-starred establishment that combines the interactive experience of Korean barbecue with the quality of a classic American steakhouse. The restaurant offers high-quality USDA Prime beef, a comprehensive wine list of over 1200 labels, and a variety of innovative cocktails. With smokeless grills at every table and an in-house dry aging room, guests can enjoy their steaks freshly grilled and perfectly caramelized.

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Korean steakhouse in Flatiron/ NYC.Beautiful design and excellent service.Dry-aged steaks and in-table grills where guests​ can cook the meat themselves. For the lovers of great beef. #michelinstar

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COTE Korean Steakhouse

COTE Korean Steakhouse

16 W 22nd St

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010, USA

Jungsik

2 Harrison St

2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013, USA

Jungsik is a high-end restaurant that redefines Korean cuisine with its innovative approach. Known for its luxurious setting, the restaurant offers an exquisite tasting menu that goes beyond traditional BBQ, presenting a creative and authentic culinary experience. Customers consistently praise the authenticity of the dishes, their luxurious presentation, and the overall next-level dining experience.

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I have always loved Korean food but thought it was only limited to bbq. Didn’t know there was so much more to Korean food until Jungsik. And have never seen or tasted such an exquisite meal from start to finish, hands down the best tasting menu ever. It was beyond a delicious meal. It was creative, luxurious, authentic yet next-level foods. We were blown away.

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Jungsik

Jungsik

2 Harrison St

2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013, USA

Nudibranch

125 1st Ave.

125 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003, USA

Nudibranch is a small yet sophisticated restaurant that redefines New American cuisine by incorporating elements from Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and American vernacular cuisines. Run by Jeff Kim and Matthew Lee, who have experience in top-tier kitchens, the restaurant offers a concise three-course prix fixe menu with dishes like frog legs with lemongrass or map scungilli. Their website features a gallery, a shop, and their contact information for easy reservation and inquiries.

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A small but sophisticated East Village restaurant redefining New American cuisineHelmed by Jeff Kim and Matthew Lee, each of whom have spent time in the city's best kitchens, nudibranch offers a concise three-course prix fixe menu drawing from Korean, Chinese, Japanese and American vernacular cuisines. (Think frog leg's with lemongrass or map scungilli)

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Nudibranch

Nudibranch

125 1st Ave.

125 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003, USA

Nōksu

49 W 32nd St

49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, USA

Nōksu is a concealed Korean fine dining restaurant situated in a subway station in Manhattan, offering a fixed menu of thirteen dishes, equivalent to its seating capacity. The establishment is headed by Dae Kim, a chef with training from Per Se, which is evident in the aesthetically pleasing presentation and perfectly balanced flavors of the dishes. Despite being relatively new, Nōksu has already begun to make its mark, promising a memorable culinary experience.

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Nõksu, a hidden Korean fine dining restaurant inside a subway station in the middle of Manhattan, hadn't even been open for four weeks when I visited in the beginning of November. The fixed menu contains thirteen dishes, as many as seats the restaurant has. The head chef Dae Kim is Per Se trained and this is not least noticeable in the aesthetics, also in perfect flavors and compositions.
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Nōksu

Nōksu

49 W 32nd St

49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, USA

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